John Constantine is coming back with a brand new miniseries. DC Comics has announced Hellblazer: Rise and Fall, which is set to debut this fall. The book comes from Tom Taylor and Darick Robertson. It will consist of three, 48-page issues in the publisher’s “Prestige Plus” format.
DC released the following description for Hellraiser: Rise and Fall.
“In Hellblazer: Rise and Fall, a new three-issue mini-series by Tom Taylor and Darick Robertson launching this September, a billionaire mysteriously falls out of the sky and is gruesomely skewered on a church spire. Even stranger, they have angel wings attached to their back. More bodies soon follow, raining death and causing widespread panic. Detective Aisha Bukhari is stumped by the phenomenon, until she’s visited by her childhood friend, occult investigator John Constantine.”
“This is a very twisted book,” Taylor said. “But, I actually want to give people exactly the John they’ve seen before. I want to write the bloke who steps out of the shadows with the smirk, the lit cigarette and all the answers. I want a story of shocks and sadness and triumph in the face of utter horror.”
“I love writing characters who speak truth to power,” Taylor said. “John doesn’t just speak truth to power, he tears power a new one any chance he gets. He’s also not your standard perfect hero. He makes a lot of mistakes and people in his orbit get hurt. But there’s a beautiful heart beating in the bastard…there’s something very cathartic about class warfare where the upper class doesn’t win every damn battle.”
DC also released some early artwork for the book, which we’ve included for you to check out below. The pages don’t contain any dialogue, but they give a sense of the art style that is being used. It is also worth noting that this will be published under DC’s Black Label, which is aimed at readers 17 and up.
John Constantine has gained popularity in the mainstream ever since the short-lived live-action TV series debuted. With Matt Ryan in the lead, the show gained a cult following, which led to the caracter appearing on Legends of Tomorrow as well. Ryan also voiced the character in a pair of Justice League Dark animated features. A live-action movie was also produced. Released in 2005, it features Keanu Reeves as the character.
Hellblazer: Rise and Fall arrives on shelves In September and retails for $6.99.