HellBlazer #149 : Hard Time, Part 4 of 5
Writer : Brian Azzarello
Artist : Richard Corben
John Constantine, confined to solitary for the murder of Kelly, finds himself
suffering from a bad case of nicotine withdrawal as well as contending with a visit
from some dead friends. Tensions rise between two officers as they observe the growing unease
amongst the inmates in the wake of the recent murder, on the wall behind them is
a blackened fingerprint.
As Constantine's cravings go stronger, he finds himself confronted by a ghost who appears to
have blown his face off. Meanwhile, things continue to slide out of control in the prison, with several
scuffles breaking out between inmates as Stark and Buzz exchange harsh words. Stark, hearing voices in
his head, loses his temper and tosses Buzz over some railings to his death. Again a strange black
fingerprint rests on the wall behind the antagonists.
Stark's latest act of violence ignites the prison, sparking a brutal riot
which threatens to leave the inmates in control of it. Traylor, in the midst of raping
Candy again, is disturbed by the sounds of the chaos and goes to see what's going on again.
Unfortunately for the convict, his fellow inmates see him as a woman and proceed to show
their affection in brutal fashion. One more we see a black fingerprint on the
wall in Traylor's cell.
Constantine, goaded by the headless ghost, finds himself freed by the convicts - each and everyone
eager to present him with the cigarette he so desperately craves.
Quote Of The Month :"I've heard said - now, this is from folks who've done it, mind you...that the second day is the worst
of all. That's when the nic' fits really kick in, when the real pain starts. Not that I'll ever know.", John Constantine not giving up the cigs.
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