Hellblazer #121
Story title(s)
'Up the Down Staircase, part 1'
James Sinclair (colours), Digital Chameleon (separations)
Clem Robins
Cover date
January 1998
Collected in
Previous issue

John Constantine: Hellblazer #121 (January 1998) John heads out to America with Dani to meet her family, but there's a familiar figure stalking them. Meanwhile, a man named Gavin mourns his long-dead girlfriend Pam - but how was her death connected to Constantine?

Plot summaryEdit

After witnessing the horrific death of his girlfriend, a friend of John's puts a gun to his head and plays a little Russian Roulette. Meanwhile, Constantine agrees to accompany Dani on a trip back to America for Thanksgiving, as Rich and his band proceed to drive the hapless mage around the bend.

As John and Dani wonder through the airport after an unusual flight to the States (highlighted by a punch up between two passengers started by an arguement over OJ Simpson's innocence or lack thereof), Constantine catches sight of a strange shadowy individual. John and Dani both notice a change in America since their last visit and Constantine bemoans the fact that all his old American friends are either dead or have buggered off. As the pair catch a train to Dani's parents, John spots a familiar figure waving to him from the platform - The First Of The Fallen.

Following an evening spent in the company of Dani's large family (including Uncle Fred, Terrell and Dani's three brothers), John seeks some much needed sleep only to be woken by a particularly disturbing nightmare. Retreating outside the house for a smoke, John hears his name being taken in vain on the television. Rushing inside, Constantine finds the First Of The Fallen and the apparently possesed Uncle Fred.



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