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Product Details

  • Series: Vertigo Crime
  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Vertigo; 1St Edition edition (August 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401213863
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401213862
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.7 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #946,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Popular mystery novelist Rankin writes fan-favorite John Constantine, from the long-running comic Hellblazer, in this original tale from the new Vertigo Crime imprint. Although the character has a history dating back to Alan Moore's run on Swamp Thing, Dark Entries requires no prior knowledge. Paranormal investigator Constantine is recruited by a television executive to look into a locked-room mystery reality show that appears to be haunted. The guests, already on edge, are tormented by terrifying visions that only they can see. Of course, the only way for John to investigate is to join them. The job becomes very personal very quickly as Constantine comes to know and care about the people who share his privacy-free prison. The show's producers are more concerned with ratings than the human suffering before them, and in a way, they seem almost as inhuman as any horror Constantine has gone up against. Dell'edera's work is expressive and crisp, done almost entirely in sharp pure black inks with barely a hint of shading in sight, with an elegance to horror sequences that's far more Dante than slasher film. Possibly the best Hellblazer work in years and a strong ghost story in its own right. (Aug.)
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This is a graphic novel as it should be, a thrilling, beautifully paved page turner.A" - Sunday Times Culture Well executed, full of actionA" - Guardian A bone-cracking page turnerA" - SFX Magazine Dell'Edera's bold black and white illustrations are a perfect match for Rankin's gruff writing styleA" - The Financial Times An inventive mystery, packed with unexpected twists and sly humour, and ably complemented by Werther Dell'Edera's spare and effective artwork.A" - The Spectator "If your not a comic book reader, but enjoy Rankin give this a tryA" - The Scotsman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

It told the story pretty clearly, though a few of the characters are difficult to tell apart.
Steve Fuson
The black and white art is crisp and peppered with very dynamic frames, but also some very rough ones that do disservice to the piece.
N. S. Michael
Interestingly, the cover of the book doesn't indicate that this book is about John Constantine, antihero of the Hellblazer comic book.
Collin Garbarino

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Steve Fuson on August 11, 2009
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In the comic book world crime comics have a steadily growing cult following. As the industry continues to expand past the superhero genre, DC/Vertigo has decided to experiment with a "Crime" line of books, and among the first batch is Dark Entries.

Written by crime novelist Ian Rankin (Exit Music) and illustrated by Italian artist Werther Dell'Edera (Loveless, Punisher War Zone), Dark Entries stars Vertigo regular John Constantine of Hellblazer fame.

A new reality show is on the air in England, a show that's designed to instill fear into its participants. The contestants are trapped in a "haunted house" with the rigged scary bits at the control of the producers, and the only way to win and end the terror is to find and get into the hidden room with the mysterious prize. The contestants in the house have started seeing disturbing ethereal images and are truly frightened. The problem is that the producers of the show haven't switched on any of the automated horrors. These visions are happening all by themselves. After much convincing, primarily using a large wad of money, John Constantine agrees to go investigate. Of course, all is not as it seems, and there's more to this mystery than at first meets the eye.

The writing is fine, if bland and predictable. The "reality TV show gone awry" concept has been done. The narration jumps around between different characters' points-of-view without explanation or a clean transition. One page we're in Constantine's head, the next we're in one of the gameshow contestants' head. And the twist at the end could have been good, but somehow failed to grab my interest.

The artwork is black-and-white, with intentionally rough line work, and zipotones added to flashbacks, dream sequences, or other surreal moments.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Scott Sherman VINE VOICE on September 13, 2009
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I'm an enthusiastic reader of comic books over the years, and a big fan of the graphic novel format. I've read John Constantine on and off, and enjoyed many of his exploits, beginning with Garth Ennis's bang-up job on John Constantine, Hellblazer: Dangerous Habits, continuing through the brilliant Warren Ellis's arc in books like John Constantine, Hellblazer: Setting Sun and, perhaps, hitting its single-compilation fit peak with Brian Azzarello's raunchy, psychologically complex and tricky Hellblazer: Hard Time (Hellblazer (Graphic Novels)).

So, I was excited to see the prolific and well-regarded mainstream crime/mystery writer Ian Rankin take a stab at the enigmatic magician Constantine. I always enjoy the attempts of writers who've achieved success in other areas take a stab at telling stories through sequential art, which is not as easy as it looks and an art form in itself.

So, how does Rankin do? Unfortunately, just OK. The first half of the book is great, especially the first couple of pages, which establish a cheeky, satiric look at John Constantine's London. I also loved the book's set-up - snarky, cynical Constantine sent in to troubleshoot a reality show gone spookily bad? Brilliant.

But once we start learning what lies beneath Dark Entries promising setup, the story falls apart.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Woopak VINE VOICE on July 26, 2009
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John Constantine is a fictional character, an occult investigator and exorcist created by Alan Moore, Steve Bissette and John Totleben who appears in the monthly comic series "HellBlazer" by Vertigo/DC Comics. He also became the protagonist in the Hollywood film called "Constantine" played by Keanu Reeves. Ian Rankin is the best-selling writer of "Exit Music" and together with artist Werther Delle'edera has come up with a very dark tale about the occult in graphic novel format in "DARK ENTRIES". Rankin's tale features our favorite anti-hero Constantine in doing what he does best; with a cigarette and his favorite `hand gesture'.

John Constantine is an occult detective who has faced the many horrors of hell has to offer and he has always gained the upper hand. His career is full of strange happenings that have earned him a reputation among the living and the dead...but John may have bitten off more than he could chew in the horrors of reality television. A television producer named Matthew Keene had enticed Constantine to take part in a reality show called "Haunted House". The hot show is supposed to be a fun house with tricks and gimmicks made to frighten its contestants, but somehow the house had gained a life of its own as something starts to attack the wannabe celebrities. John agrees to be the ultimate mole, as he is locked in with the other contestants. But things aren`t what they seem, as a figure from Constantine`s past have come back to haunt him. John must uncover the sinister secret of the reality show, and what he finds may prove to be the death of him....

"Dark Entries" boasts of the talents of Rankin (writer), Delle'edera (artist) and Clem Robins (letterer) to give us this dark tale of horror and suspense.
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