John “soon discovers a link between the falling elite and a shocking moment in his and Aisha’s misspent youth. How do these killings tie to the first act of magic ever committed by John Constantine? How does this involve Heaven and Hell? Thirty years later, Constantine’s no stranger to supernatural threats and hard-pressed to consider stopping any monster who haunts a nation by killing the most corrupt among its citizens.”
Taylor said, “This is a very twisted book. 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.”
He continued, “I love writing characters who speak truth to power. 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.”
Each issue of “Hellblazer: Rise and Fall” will be released in a 48-page Prestige Plus format, all retailing for $6.99: it is aimed at readers age 17 and up. The next two issues of John’s main series, “John Constantine: Hellblazer,” are set for release on June 24, while the ninth was solicited for August 26.