Stations Of The Cross, Part 3
Writer : Mike Carey
Art : Marcel Frusin
Cover Artist : Tim Bradstreet
Colors : Lee Loughridge
Letters : Clem Robins
Editor : Will Dennis
Assistant Editor : Casey Seijas
Solicitation Text : The shocking conclusion to the 3-part "Stations of the Cross" story arc! When all intrigues are laid bare and all masks thrown aside, John must look to one old enemy to save him from another. But sometimes the helping hand is a lot more dangerous than the one that stabs you in the back.
Issue Synopsis : A huge, goat-headed demon towers over the bound form of John Constantine and claims blood right on
his soul. The rest of the assembled demonic horde are quick to dispute the creatureís claims, dismissing it
out of hand as Ghant reveals the price he seeks for Constantine - he wants the prophetic maws that lie
embedded in his skin removed. Aware that all of those present are capable of granting his wish, Ghant adds
a qualifying statement - the beast that comes up with the most imaginative torture for John will be the one
who gains his soul. Ghant is determined to make sure that John will never forget him again.
Ghantís mind wanders back to his first use of the Bone Abacus in Johnís presence. It had given him a vision
of the events which were now playing out in the present, with Constanine being sold at his whim.
The demons make their pitch. One plans to grow a million Constantines, moving his soul from one to the
next as he kills each in some new and interesting way. Another promises to drive John mad, to make him
rape and murder all of those that he loves. Agony & Ecstasy, envoys of hell, offer to take Constantine to
the height of pleasure before plummeting him into torment of total despair. A horned beast mocks their
efforts, and wonders aloud at the merits of the being responsible for giving them a voice in hellís affairs.
An ill-timed musing as the one responsible, the First Of The Fallen, chooses that exact moment to arrive on
The creature prostrates itself before the First, begging forgiveness for its insolence. The First points out
that the twins predate his time, having been put in place by his predecessor Lucifer, before disintegrating
the terrified demon with a mere touch of his fingers. Ghant apologises for not having invited the first and
dismisses the assembled demons. The First ignores Ghantís babbling and orders him to remove the gag
from Constantineís mouth, John shoots Suzie a wink as The First moves to stand before him.
Constantine spurts out a melodramatic, over the top plea for The First to kill him. The Lord Of Hell senses
that something is amiss but Ghant mores to assure his doubts, telling him that John has just lost his
memory. Constantine continues his pleas, trotting out the most over-the-top John-sounding hyperbole he
can muster before breaking down in tears and apologising to Ghant, claiming that heís forgotten the words!
Convinced that Ghant has tried to trick him with a simulacrum of Constantine, The First flies into a rage and
grabs the squirming man by his beard. Ghant protests his innocence but his suggestion that The First
check Johnís arse for his infamous tree tattoo goes down about as well as youíd imagine with The Lord Of
Hell. The First orders two demons to drag Ghant with them as he returns to his throne in hell.
John spots the keys for the cuffs that bind him and Suzie nearby and together the pair manage to eventually
free themselves. Their relief is short lived however as they make their way back up into the church and find
themselves face to face with the enraged remnants of Ghantís flock, led by Margaret. Constantine and Suzie
are easily overwhelmed and tied to a makeshift pyre made from chairs. Suzie pleads desperately with Margaret but
her former friend just spits in her face.
The chairs are set alight and as the flames lick higher and higher, the spectral form of Rose appears before
John, once again offering to restore his memories in return for twenty four hours of his life. Left with little
choice, Constantine relents and agrees to accept her offer. John refuses to leave Suzie behind but Roseís
solution to that particular problem, reducing her to a burnt out husk, doesnít seem to be quite what
he had in mind. Rosacarnis turns her power on the raging crowd around John, leaving them all
burnt alive as John fades from existence.
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