HellBlazer #124 : Up The Down Staircase (Part Four)
Writer : Paul Jenkins
Artist : Warren Pleece
George reveals what a quiz really is. Apparently the word was created back in
Dublin during the late 1700s. Two men, worse for drink, make a bet - one of them
bets the other that he can introduce a new word into the English language. This man
pays local urchins to paint the word 'Quiz' all over Dublin - this grafitti becomes the talk of the
town and as a result, Quiz found it's way into the English dictionary. It's inventor actually
intended the word to mean something along the lines of a "practicle joke" as opposed to "a puzzle", the point of
this tale being the fact that the man had no control of his creation - his idea took on a life of it's own.
John concludes that we literally created the 'IT' with our need for the great event and that we feed it by giving
in to the crass commercilism around us. With the danger identified, Constantine sets about fighting it.
John phones Weeble in a bid to learn a little bit more about psychic transference.
Meanwhile, Gavins recollection of his last night with Pammie continues to twist and change. Now he's not only
convinced that he never got his hands on the magical tome but that John beat him to it. He now believes that this
led to a fight with John, after which, Constantine drugged his drink - which was the real reason for the accident which killed Pammie.
In a bid to break 'ITs' control over Danis family, John forces Leonard to channel Grandpas memories into his sleeping families dreams.
The following morning, John learns that the mood in the house has changed drastically and that his plan appears to have
worked. A run in with The First dampens any would be victory party as he taunts John with the knowledge that he's done nothing
to save the rest of the populace from IT. Before he leaves, The First hands John a business card and promises that Constantine will
feel like calling him in the not to distant future.
This issue ends with Gavin pointing a pistol at a picture of Constantine.
Quote Of The Month : 'I haf been Verking on a comeback, Und I need ein real fat bastard to fill in
for Goering, you interested ?' - JC to Weeble.
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