Throughout his sordid career, not much has fazed John Constantine. As long as he's had his smokes and his freedom, he's always been in control. But what happens when those things are taken away from him? In this collection, Constantine finds himself in a new kind of hell: a maximum-security penitentiary. Stripped of his trademark trench coat, his pack of Silk Cuts and the safety net of his personal connections, he must adapt to a hard place governed by even harder men, where weakness is rewarded by death...or worse. Later, Constantine sets out to uncover the nature of the forces that have conspired against him and experiences a different kind of danger while hitchhiking. He's faced many monsters in his day, but none like the insidiously creepy ones that prowl America's highways. Along the way, a tiny roadside diner finds itself home to a variety of travelers forced off the road by a cataclysmic snowstorm. Families, drifters, truckers and vacationers are joined by a legendary serial killer--and a certain Englishman with a knack for being in the wrong place at the right time. Collects HELLBLAZER #146-161, HELLBLAZER SECRET FILES #1.
Brian Azzarello has been writing comics professionally since the mid-1990s. He is the author of JONNY DOUBLE, BATMAN: BROKEN CITY and the Harvey and Eisner Award-winning 100 BULLETS, all created in collaboration with artist Eduardo Risso. The New York Times best-selling author's other work for DC includes the titles HELLBLAZER and LOVELESS (both with Marcelo Frusin), SUPERMAN: FOR TOMORROW (with Jim Lee), JOKER and LUTHOR (both with Lee Bermejo), SGT. ROCK: BETWEEN HELL AND A HARD PLACE (with Joe Kubert), FILTHY RICH (with Victor Santos), and most recently the ongoing series WONDER WOMAN (with Cliff Chiang). He also wrote the Richard Corben-illustrated graphic novels Cage and Banner for Marvel Comics.