Hellblazer Annual, 1989
Writer : Jamie Delano
Artist : Bryan Talbot
Set back in the early eighties, with Constantine still in and out of Ravenscar on
a regular basis, we're presented with a John living on the very edge of sanity. Struggling to come to terms
with the changes in the world around him, Constantine stumbles drunkenly through the streets of London. Strung out
on medication, he encounters an old friend from his music days who's turned into a wheeling
dealing yuppie-esque creep.
Kon-sten-tyn confronts Merlin
As the aforementioned dealer heads off to pick up a shipment of coke, John is consumed with anger at his failure and
inability to fight the system. On the verge of being arrested, Constantine is saved by a strange woman who speaks
to him of chained Goddesses and long dead warrior queens. The two retire to John's flat and spend
the night together, in the morning Constantine finds himself alone. As he considers the events of the day before, John
drifts asleep and dreams of the ancient king Kon-sten-tyn.
A backup story depicts the video for Mucous Membrane's Venus Of The Hardsell,
with art by Dean Motter.