Third Worlds : The Pit
Writer : Mike Carey
Art : Marcelo Frusin
Cover Artist : Tim Bradstreet
Colors : Lee Loughridge
Letters : Clem Robins
Editor : Will Dennis
Assistant Editor : Zachary Rau
Solicitation Text : "The Third Worlds" trilogy reaches its climax in "The Pit," with John and
Angie traveling to Tasmania to nail down the details of the shadow dog's last appearance on Earth. But
when John becomes trapped in the nightmares of the dead, an ancient warrior queen rises with a deadly
agenda of her own and Angie is left alone to pick up the pieces.
Issue Synopsis : Two hundred years ago, Tasmania. Aboriginal prisoners are herded at gunpoint into a
deep pit lined with crude stakes by British troops. Man, woman and child alike huddle together in the cramped
confines of the hole as the British fire indiscriminately down into their ranks.
Port Adams, Tasmania, now. John Constantine (sporting a bandage on his arm following recent events in Iran) and Angie Spatchcock
sit amongst the decaying ruins of an old prison camp. Constantine gives an agitated Angie a small history lesson on the
area, explaining how it was used as a concentration camp back in 1833 when the powers that be decided to wipe out the Aboriginal
natives. Acting on the information given to him by the Swamp Thing, John has travelled half way across the
world to talk to a Tasmanian about the Shadow Dog. An impossible feat given that the last true Tasmanian died over two
hundred years ago. Constantine looks to the local fauna, and some dodgy looking mushrooms in particular, to help him
embark on a Dream Walk. An unimpressed Spatchcock sits by a small camp fire and watches on as John consumes the mushrooms and lapses into a trance...
....only to be rudely awakened by an enraged British Corporal who's not happy with having found Private
Constantine asleep at his post. A disorientated John realises that he's wandered into the long forgotten
dreams of the British soldiers who used to serve at Port Adams. Constantine approaches the stockade he's
supposed to be guarding, a wire ringed area sparsely populated by the last of the surviving Tasmanians.
When John asks them about the Shadow Dog, they turn to face him, staring him down with hollow white
Angie suffers her own rude interruption when an Aboriginal woman wearing the jacket of a British
Corporal steps from the flames of the now roaring fire in front of her. Flanked by spear wielding men, and
armed with a rifle herself, the warrior woman tells Spatchcock to share stories with her.
Constantine comes to terms with the fact that he's made a terrible mistake - that the last place the spirits of
the dead Tasmanians would want to hang about in is the spiritual incarnation of the camp in which he now
stands. John confronts a soldier by the name of Maine, taunting him with the fact that the people he thinks he's
guarding are in fact ghosts and not there at all. Angered by John's words, the soldier jumps the
The warrior woman tells Angie a story. She speaks to Spatchcock of how the settlers came and murdered her
people for the slightest of perceived indiscretions, of how the native Tasmanians were killed by Smallpox
infected blankets given to them by the settlers. Finally she tells of how one man murdered her husband so
that he could have her for his own and how she killed that man before leading her people in war against
those who sought to wipe them out. Her tale told, she demands the same from Angie.
Attracted by Maine's shouting, the rest of the soldiers arrive on the scene of his fight with John. The
assembled men are shocked to find the stockade now empty and the corporal accuses Constantine of
having helped the Aborigines to escape. John tries to force them to accept the truth - that they're dead men
trapped in their own dreams but they refuse to believe him.
Faced with no real choice, Angie tells a little story of her own, the story of her brother Jason's life. She
starts with the close bond the pair shared as children before detailing Jason's gradual descent into mental
illness and the toll this took on the Spatchcock family. When confronted by two policemen while
trespassing on an old closed railway track, Jason lashed out, earning himself a swift kicking and eighteen
months in prison for assault. Jason was unable to deal with life in prison and tried to take his life on several
occasions before totally breaking down, convinced that the voice of Satan was coming from the prison's
showerheads. It was then that Angie knew that her brother was a schizophrenic but the prison doctors were
unwilling to acknowledge this as doing so would give Jason grounds for appeal. In tears, Angie grabs the warrior woman's gun and pulls it to her chest.
Unmoved by Constantine's words, the British soldiers toss him into the stake-lined pit. Time comes to a
stop as the men fire their rifles, their led bullets hanging dead in the air. The familiar figure of the
Aboriginal woman in the Corporal's jacket comes into view behind the frozen soldiers and offers a hand to
John, helping him out of the pit. The woman agrees to tell Constantine all she knows about Kua I'ipa, the
Shadow Dog before leading him back to this mortal form.
Back in the land of the living, John and Angie take their relationship to a more physical level.
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Queen of the dramatic entrance.
Private Constantine spills the beans.
That'll be the cavelry in the background then.
Bout bloody time, if you ask me.