"The Way of Flesh": As Joe and Annie drive their way across America following the Salesman's Ledger, Annie swerves to avoid hitting a stranger in the middle of the road. The man reveal himself to be John Constantine -
- The more you fight, the worse this gets. But you will, won't you? Fight? Because you're good people. And that's what makes you dangerous.
Appearing in "The Way of Flesh"
- God of Carnage (Apparent Death)
- Acolytes of Carnage (All Die)
- Acolytes of Carnage (All Die)
- Abandoned Abattoir
- Salesman's Car
Synopsis for "The Way of Flesh"
As Joe and Annie drive their way across America following the Salesman's Ledger, Annie swerves to avoid hitting a stranger in the middle of the road. The man reveal himself to be John Constantine - though neither of the Chamberlains had heard of him before. Constantine asks for a lift but Annie and Joe remained sceptical; Constantine uses a binding charm to prevent either of the siblings from moving but this elicits Brimstone who breaks free from the binding and Annie manages to negotiate a ceasefire.
Joe and Annie are loathe to let Constantine into the car but both suddenly awaken with the magician sat relaxed in the back of their car. They snap to attention and realise they have been charmed once again but before the two can protest, the trio arrive at Constantine's destination - an abandoned abattoir where a group of hillbillies were going to summon a demon, but the trio were too late.
Inside the abattoir, they find a circle of people gathered around a shambling mass of meat and viscera which forms itself into the God of Carnage - Brimstone dives into a fight with the demon but John and Annie hold off. John absentmindedly drops his cigarette butt to the floor and unbeknown to him, small green shoots start to grow from it. Swamp Thing grows his way into the room and studies the demons fighting before aiding Brimstone while John and Annie focus on the acolytes - they soon realise that the demon is leeching life from its followers.
John starts working on a plan, leaving Annie vulnerable, and soon he shouts for all to get down as he engages a motor which bifurcates the acolytes and Brimstone ignites Swamp Thing (with permission) to purge the demon from the building. Constantine explains that Alec survived by regrowing elsewhere and that the demon has been abated for now.
He leaves the Chamberlain children and walks into the darkness of the forest alone.
Appearing in "After the Flood"
- Enoch (Origin) (Flashback and main story)
- Johnny (Dies in flashback)
- Salesman's Ledger (Mentioned only)
Synopsis for "After the Flood"
He thinks back to his life in Aitch, and back to his brother, Johnny. One day the Salesman appeared and offered Enoch power to escape their life of poverty but in turn he was transformed into Detritus. After flooding the town and rampaging he came to a clearing where Johnny was able to distract him long enough that he could transform back into himself. However, the spirit of Detritus left Enoch's body and entered Johnny's so he ran.
He killed the Salesman, stole his ledger and investigated his remaining powers and left on a journey that would cause him to meet the Chamberlains.
Appearing in "Jack's Big Adventure"
- Wandering Jack (Origin)
Synopsis for "Jack's Big Adventure"
Wandering Jack recalls his experiences before he was involved in the Chamberlain's story - he once would travel America speaking to salesmen before capturing and killing them, each time he hoped that one might be able to be different but they all died the same. His passion for killing soon abated and Jack became tired of the same process, but one day Jack sat down with the Salesman.
Immediately the agent of the Salesman used powers of compulsion to make Jack sit with him, the Salesman then revealed that he knows who Jack is and what he does - he offers Jack a deal. He explains that the powers above the Salesman had send these agents out to escape the Dark Multiverse and for the agents to make Earth hospitable for them. He offered Jack his hand in exchange for power to continue his killing but on a larger scale, but Jack has a reply. He leapt across the table and stabbed the Salesman in the eye and stole his ledger.
With this new insight into the Saleman's work, Jack would follow the chaos and use it as a distraction for his own "work" until one day he walked into the York Hills Cafe and saw Annie Chamberlain and knew she was special, so he followed her. Soon enough, the Salesman came back (seemingly unharmed) and explained that Jack helped him by demonstrating that it should have been good people that they targeted, not evil.
Jack does not mind either way; as long as he can still have his fun, he does not care.
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