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Issue 59, "Dying Inside"

Writer: Grant Morrison
Layouts: Richard Case
Finishes: Stan Woch
Colorist: Vaniel Vozzo
Letterer: John Workman
Editor: Tom Peyer

Summary:
written by John Bullough (bulloj@rpi.edu)

The issue opens with the stories of several people in New York City and their reactions to the chaos around them. An end-of-the-worlder, finally faced with the apocalypse he had prophesied for years, loses his nerve now that it has arrived and kills himself. A young crack addict sees dead souls walking around her. A little schoolgirl draws pictures of the demons she sees in class and her parents bring her to a psychiatrist. A transvestite prostitute refuses to take off his makeup, afraid that he no longer exists. Another man decides to conjure up hell to the physical plane and dies in a chemical blast. Your basic chaotic mess.

Cliff, Dorothy and Kipling are standing in Manhattan, among the flames and dying/dead souls. Apparently not everyone can see the chaos - only young children, lunatics and sensitives - and of course the DP. Kipling informs Cliff and Dorothy that, starting with New York, the Candlemaker is first destroying the world's soul - the anima mundi, thus causing everyone to go insane and die. Kipling has a plan to trap the Candlemaker's physical form in Manhattan, where Cliff and Dorothy will kill him (no problem!). Apparently, the Candlemaker is still new to the physical plane and would now be at his most vulnerable.

While they are making plans, Crazy Jane shows up. Deus ex Machina woman, right? Wrong. Her personalities have all made peace with one another and she is now stable, but powerless.

Kipling searches for the Candlemaker with a wind-up toy. They are led to an ordinary-looking skyscraper - ordinary except for the fact that people come flying out of windows and landing splat onto the sidewalk every once and a while! This makes Cliff really angry and he decides to confront the Candlemaker face-to-face. Jane tries to follow but Cliff insists that she stay below, what with no powers and all.

Cliff enters the building and takes the elevator up to the (naturally) 13th floor, which is covered with bloodstains. He finds the Candlemaker who begins trouncing him quite severely, when who else but Rebis shows up!

Rebis does quite a job on the Candlemaker, attacking him with the Negative Being. Cliff rejoins the battle now, attacking the Candlemaker and tossing him Rebis's way for the final blow, when...

The Negative Spirit takes leave of Rebis, giving the Candlemaker time to recover, and fry Rebis down to his/her bones. Bummer.

Annotations:
written by William Sherman (sherman@netcom.com)

p. 1: "heavenly brass" probably refers to the trumpets of the seven angels in Revelation 8-11.

p. 9: Pete Carroll is the author of the books _Liber Null_ and _Psychonaut_ (thanks to Garu Ushaw [gu@castle.edinburgh.ac.uk] and T.C. Weaver [tweaver@nyx.cd.du.edu]).

p. 23, 24: "Here comes a candle to light you to bed / Here comes a chopper to chop off your head." This is from an old nursery rhyme which is a litany of church bells in London. One of its many versions reads as follows:

Oranges and lemons,
Say the bells of St. Clement's.
You owe me five farthings,
Say the bells of St. Martin's.
When will you pay me?
Say the bells of Old Bailey.
When I grow rich,
Say the bells of Shoreditch.
When will that be,
Say the bells of Stepney.
I'm sure I don't know,
Says the great bell at Bow.
Here comes a candle to light you to bed,
Here comes a chopper to chop off your head.

(from _The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes_)

Furthermore, "here comes a chopper to chop off your head" was spoken in George Orwell's _1984_, as the net closed around characters Winston and Julia (thanks to Dave van Domelen [dvandom@magnus.acs.ohio-state.edu]).

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