'Winter's Edge #2 (January 1999) is a special annual comic book featuring short stories from across the Vertigo line, including Hellblazer. The Hellblazer tale is a quiet story in which Constantine reminisces on both his own childhood and the childhoods of those who've called him friend.
'All Those Little Girls and BoysEdit
Enjoying a quiet pint in his local, John's peace is disturbed when a small family bustle into the near empty pub, looking to make use of the bathroom facilities. The barman steadfastly refuses to allow them in and the sight of the children sets John to thinking.
Well on the road to drunken oblivion, Constantine recalls growing up alongside Gaz Lester and how he was eventually responsible for his friends death. He imagines how the rest of his dead friends must have been like as children - Emma as the strong woman too big for her hick town, Header a young thug, Rick the ladies man and Nige the school twat.
Guilt hits John as once more he faces the fact that nearly everyone who dares to love him ends up dead. Unwilling to grapple with uncomfortable feelings, John opts to get rat arsed instead.
- The other comic series featured in the issue are The Minx (which acted as a framing sequence, connecting the individual stories), Death, Transmetropolitan, Sandman Mystery Theatre, Books of Magic, Scene of the Crime, The Invisibles, Nevada and The Dreaming. There is also an interview with Paul Pope about his comic book series Heavy Liquid.