HellBlazer #161 : Freezes Over, Part 4 of 4
Writer : Brian Azzarello
Artist : Marcelo Frusin
Jay urges Dwight to shoot John Constantine, the self confessed serial killer known as the Iceman. A
sneering Constantine goes head to head with Waylon, denouncing him an amateur killer before the
lights suddenly go out, leaving the saloon in darkness. Dwight wonders if maybe Pete cut the power
but John suggests that the fault probably just rests with the weather. Dwight orders the Englishman to
sit down but none of the other patrons want the killer near them so he sits opposite Lemar. Waylon and
Dwight decide to check outside for Pete, leaving Lemar to watch over their hostages. Constantine
strikes up a conversation with the bleeding gunman as the other patrons watch horrified from across the
Constantine delivers a sermon on murder and the release of death to Lemar as we get a flashback to
John's arrival at the saloon. Again we see the sweating grinning man in the car but we see more of him
now - gripped in his hand is a large heavy icicle. It would appear as if the man intended to kill
someone in the saloon with the icicle but that Constantine managed to convince him to kill himself
instead. As John's sermon comes to a close, we see that Lemar has died from excessive blood loss.
Hope realises that Constantine isn't the Iceman and John again reiterates that the Iceman is just a myth.
Alma disagrees, wondering if the man in the car was the real Iceman but Constantine writes him off as
a "self-important little wanker". Jay doesn't buy John's speech and seizes the dead Lamar's gun,
holding it on the other patrons while ordering Marnie to get the girls out of the saloon.
Waylon and Dwight return to the saloon and a tense standoff ensues between the two gunmen and the
armed Jay. Waylon points his gun at Jay's daughters and when the terrified father lowers his gun he
shoots him. Keith tackles Waylon but the gunman manages to keep his grip on his pistol and the
saloon owner finds himself staring down the barrel of a gun. Before Waylon can squeeze the trigger,
another gunshot echoes around the saloon. Dwight is now missing a sizeable portion of his face,
courtesy of Hope and the shotgun that was stashed under the bar. Waylon grabs Jay's youngest child
as flees out into the blizzard.
Hope and Keith embrace as Marnie tries to follow Waylon outside but Constantine, now armed with
the saloon's shotgun, stops her from doing so. John tells her that she should leave it to the legend to
save her daughter. Outside, Waylon's attempts at escape are cut short when an icicle is driven through
his chest. John opens the saloon door after someone knocks on it and finds Marnie and Jay's daughter
sitting safe on the doorstep. In the distance a figure can be seen walking off with Waylon's corpse.
With the weather breaking, Constantine wanders off into the snow where he passes Pete, who's busy
making a fresh snowman...
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