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Dark Entries (Hellblazer)

3.37  ·  Rating details ·  1,147 Ratings  ·  147 Reviews
International best-selling crime writer Ian Rankin (Rebus) and artist Werther Dell’Edera (Loveless) present a chilling, locked-room mystery starring John Constantine!When the macabre location of hit reality show “Haunted Mansion” starts attacking the contestants, Constantine is hired to investigate. Locked in with a cast of celebrity wannabes and monitored by a deadly figu ...more
Paperback, Vertigo Crime, 216 pages
Published September 24th 2010 by Titans Books (Vertigo Comics) (first published January 1st 2009)
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Jun 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dark Entries tries to bill itself as an old school John Constantine story. It doesn't quite measure up. That is not to say it is not interesting and it does display a small shadow of the angst driven "real" JC stories (such as Hellblazer vol 1 and on).

JC is brought in by a tv company that is doing a reality show. 6 contestants are in a "haunted" house and will be recorded by camera. Except that the house may really be haunted. JC is brought in to be an "extra" on the show. It then devolves into
Mar 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
John Constantine, tempted by a fat wad of cash, agrees to troubleshoot the latest tv reality show, ratings phenomena 'Haunted Mansion'. Or so he's told. The contestants are isolated in a rambling mansion, filled with secret passages and tricked up fake paranormal effects. So far the show has wowed the viewers with a slew of strange happenings. The only problem is... none of the fake spooks and tricks have been triggered so far. So what are the contestants reacting too?
Lots of writers have writt
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Sam Quixote
Jul 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Big Brother type house and it's contestants are being haunted by ghosts so the show's producer gets Constantine in to investigate. Things become stranger as none of the contestants can remember how they came on the show or much about their past. Then about the halfway point things get very Hellblazer and the story takes off.

I've never read Ian Rankin or a John Constantine: Hellblazer book so this was something of a gamble. Fortunately Rankin keeps the pace ticking over very nicely and the sto
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Constantine’s popularity is off the scale!
Dark Entries is a John Constantine story. Yes, the one and only John Constantine. But don't worry because it doesn't require any previous plots or base to read about him. Just to make sure you are on board, Constantine is a British exorcist. But in the most kick-ass way without any faith or holiness. Now that it is said, lets talk about the story.

John is called by a TV production house to check a reality TV show set on the basis of 'fear', in which willi
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Quentin Wallace
Oct 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great Hellblazer story starring John Constantine. What starts off as another reality TV show turns into something much different, and I can't say much more without adding spoilers. Let's just say Constantine once again finds himself in some trouble and he deals with the best way he knows, by the skin of his teeth! Some parts were a little silly but sometimes half the fun of the story is its absurdity. Great story for any Constantine fan or fan of Ian Rankin.
Well, this was okay. I'll try not to be spoilerish. I was reading Alan Moore's SWAMP THING off the spinner racks back when J.C. first showed up (I still remember when he was so mysterious that there were theories he was meant to be Jesus Christ!) and kept reading his book, HELLBLAZER, up until shortly after Garth Ennis left (I stuck around for Eddie Campbell's short run but was unimpressed by Ennis' return). It is the nature of monthly comics that at some point, no matter how flexible the charac ...more
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Τρίτο κόμικ της σειράς Vertigo Crime που διαβάζω, το οποίο όμως ξεφεύγει από τα στενά όρια του αστυνομικού, μιας και πρωταγωνιστής είναι ο John Constantine, ή αλλιώς Hellblazer, ένας ντετέκτιβ παραφυσικών φαινομένων με ξεχωριστές δυνατότητες. Η αλήθεια είναι ότι παίζει να είναι η πρώτη φορά που ασχολούμαι με τον συγκεκριμένο χαρακτήρα, μιας και στο παρελθόν δεν έτυχε να διαβάσω κάποιο κόμικ με αυτόν πρωταγωνιστή και δεν έχω δει καν την ταινία με τον Keanu Reeves. Θα επανορθώσω όμως!

Δεν θα πω και
Zachary Rawlins
Wish I could give it a three and a half - it doesn't quite merit a four, but it was better than a three. This is the second of Vertigo's ambitious hardback illustrated crime novels that I have had a chance to read, and the first to concern an existing character, Hell's Rake himself, John Constantine. Ian Rankin is a more than passable modern crime writer, and I have enjoyed a few of his books in the past, though his reoccurring detective character is not my fav.

This was a double-treat - a Consta
Apr 28, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Perhaps I liked this a it more than I should have. I was not at all familiar with the paranormal detective John Constantine, so I was a bit taken aback with where this story led... namely a reality tv show in Hell. The artwork, one by Werther Dell'Edera, was basic pen & ink drawing, competent but unremarkable, it looked hurried. Had the art detail been fully realized, given real color, nuance and attention, it would have improved the product greatly. But, despite it's rushed look, the story ...more
Jul 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Crime writer Ian Rankin (the Inspector Rebus series) turns his talents to writing a John Constantine graphic novel. Constantine is pulled into investigating the odd occurrences happening on the set of a reality television show that are scaring the daylights out of the contestants. Of course, Constantine runs up against his own hellish personal demons. Edgily drawn in stark black and white by Werther Dell'edera, this collaboration works really well and I'd enjoy seeing Rankin do more of this kind ...more
Aug 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up Christos Gage's graphic novel, Area Ten, on a whim, loved it, and grabbed more entries in the Vertigo Crime series. This one seemed charming: there are six contestants on a Big Brother knockoff set in a haunted house, but something creepy is going on, so the producers send John Constantine (star of comics I have never read and a movie I have never seen) in to investigate before they lose too many viewers. The supernatural twist was a little oversimplifying and took some engaging char ...more
Apr 13, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clever concept that gets a little bogged down as it progresses but a generally entertaining and genuinely fun little book. Rankin does a nice job with John Constantine even if the ride is a little more broad than nuanced. Who needs nuance in hell, anyway?

As with a number of these neo-noir graphic novels, the art teeters on the edge between appropriately bleak and annoying sparse. Sometimes it's really difficult to tell what a panel is trying to tell me, though it generally becomes clear a few pa
Feather Mista
Pensaba leerme TODO Hellblazer antes de que terminara la serie. No logré ni el 5% de mi objetivo, pero en el camino me encontré con esta historia autoconclusiva bastante interesante. Premisa misteriosa muy bien llevada (le pegué a algunas revelaciones y me sorprendieron bastante otras) y dibujo funcional a la trama. Sin duda un comic bastante más interesante que esta infundada reseña.
Oct 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first horror-type Graphic novel, the first half especially was chilling. The idea of a hit reality show based on viewers watching participants being terrorized? Doesn't seem that outrageous in today's world
Andrew Greatbatch
This is the second entry in the Vertigo Crime series that I have read. The first one being Rat Catcher.

Whilst not being as good as Rat Catcher, in my opinion, this was still a great book with an unexpected twist, to say the least.
Apr 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Super quick read, satisfyingly suspenseful, starring one of my favourite anti-heroes, John Constantine.
Constantine one-shot elevated by an excellent author
Marc Weidenbaum
[Yeah, spoilers. Boilerplate, polite version: I promise I don't "spoil" anything about this book that would have bothered me had I known about it in advance of reading this book. That said, I cannot think of anything I have read in my life that would have been spoiled had I known the plot-advancing facts. And this is not, I promise, a mini–Cliffs Notes–style detailed summary of the story. Perhaps the only real way to "spoil" a book is to detail any serious flaws in logic, to the extent that you ...more
Robert Beveridge
Aug 06, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Chas
Ian Rankin, Dark Entries (Vertigo, 2009)

Okay, first off, the very concept of this book should make you wet your pants. Five words that you never thought you would hear together: “Ian Rankin does John Constantine.” That's a pretty good equivalent of “Sex in a Jar”, right there. I grant you, some writers do John Constantine a whole lot better than other writers (and trying to rank them is liable to earn you enemies in the world of the geek. But come on, guys, Brian Azzarello rocked so hard on Good
John Hood
Oct 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hard Print

Scenes of Graphic Violence
Vertigo Crime Smashes Onto the Racks

By John Hood

First off, I dig it when things come in a series, especially violent things. Because that tends to place some semblance of order on a very disordered portion of our wild world. For instance, I dug it when the Black Lizard collection of Noir novel reprints became the hard-boiled Vintage Crime. And I continue to dig the monthly pocket-sized offerings of fast fiction alluring
Ryne Barber
Think of Dark Entries as a cross between House on Haunted Hill and film noir. If that sounds like your kind of comic series, then this graphic novel is absolutely for you.

John Constantine, cool, gruff, and collected paranormal investigator, has been commissioned to join a reality TV show where contestants are kept in a house and subjected to their fears. The house, however, has been conjuring up its own nightmares for the housemates, and it seems to be bugging the director, Keene. So John joins
Dark is by far the best way to describe this book, both in the content as well as the coloration. It is done in black and white and the story has many literally and figuratively ugly aspects. “Haunted Mansion” is a reality show that is currently the hottest show in TV. Several young people have been placed in a large house with many odd secrets where the goal is to scare them in order to entertain the audience.
However, the hauntings start happening before they are scheduled and are not what w
Avishek Chatterjee
Hell is other people....

My second foray into Constantine, and the first one that didn't make me scratch my head for continuity issues.

As I prepare for the October 24th tv start of that bastard in a trench coat (he's also staring in Injustice Year Three, for those reading it), I decided to check out what has been touted as a match made in heaven - Ian Rankin and John Constantine.

And it holds up well.....actually excellently.

(Spoilers follow...)

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Another entry in my graphic novel education, this book was lent to me by a friend ages ago and I've just now read it. (Bad form!) Dark Entries is part of a series of graphic crime novels that are published by Vertigo, which in itself is a really good idea. I found this one particularly intriguing because it was written by Ian Rankin, whose Inspector Rebus novels have been on my to-read list for quite some time.

However, although the storyline is inventive (paranormal detective John Constantine i
Totalmente ignorante de las novelas de Ian Rankin me encuentro ante este acercamiento del autor a uno de mis personajes favoritos: John Constantine quien se verá envuelto en una trama acerca de algo tan actual y farandulero como un reality show pero que, siendo una historia de Constantine, no será cualquier programa televisivo de ese tipo. Curiosamente, en la primera parte y presentación de la historia, Rankin nos deja claro que el protagonista puede ser cualquier personaje, hasta algún detectiv ...more
Marcus Gipps

It strikes me that I’ve never really read much Ian Rankin. I think I read one years ago that was named after a Cure song - Hanging Garden, maybe? – but beyond that, nothing. I do read the Hellblazer comic, though (I even like the film, don’t tell anybody) and it seemed like such a good idea for DC to get a seriously big-name author involved. I’m sure they could have sold bucketloads of this book to the general punter, although it seemed to me that distribution issues may have reduced the impact
Never read Rankin or Constantine before (though I did see the movie), so I went into this unburdened with any expectations whatsoever.

It starts off a bit slow, but the pace picks up halfway through and then proceeds to rush past the finish line in a blur. Finished it in 2 sittings, but I thought it warranted a second reading. Not because it was fun, but just to get a better perspective on things. (The second reading did help, a bit, but I gave up the attempt about one third through; might retur
Nov 22, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
John Constantine's never been my favourite character. I like him enough in small doses (like in his roles in Moore's Swamp Thing and brief appearances in Gaiman's Sandman and Books of Magic series), but I've never found him interesting enough to be a protagonist.

I do have a fondness for haunted house stories, though, especially when elements of reality TV are thrown in the mix (van Belkom's Scream Queen, the Halloween: Resurrection film), and this one seemed to have some shades of Whedon's Dollh
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Madison Mega-Mara...: #98: Dark Entries by Ian Rankin 1 1 Oct 12, 2013 06:34PM  
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AKA Jack Harvey.

Born in the Kingdom of Fife in 1960, Ian Rankin graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1982 and then spent three years writing novels when he was supposed to be working towards a PhD in Scottish Literature. His first Rebus novel was published in 1987; the Rebus books are now translated into 22 languages and are bestsellers on several continents.

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