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Dark Entries

(Hellblazer (1988))

3.39  ·  Rating details ·  1,255 ratings  ·  166 reviews
HELLBLAZER's John Constantine must become part of HAUNTED PALACE--a closed-set reality game show (think BIG BROTHER) in order to deal with a supernatural murder of one of the contestants. He enters as a 'surprise' contestant and meets the other participants, learning that they all have secrets and that one of them must be 'channeling' poltergeists and/or be the murderer. H ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published August 31st 2010 by Vertigo (first published January 1st 2009)
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Jun 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
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
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
Mar 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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Ill D
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dum(b)-Dum(b)s
Surprisingly devoid of any crime, Ian Rankin’s Dark Entries was strangely printed under the now defunct Vertigo Crime Imprint. Perhaps not crime-ridden in regards to the events that unfold, our beloved John Constantine is present with all his established charisms of rakism and unfiltered roguishness that could very well fit into a story of a more illegal nature. With our hero in the picture the only thing left to establish is the setting. And, weirdly enough, it’s a demented take on The Truman S ...more
Titas (I read in bed)
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
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.
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Nov 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A lo mejor con unos dibujines más curraos...
George K.
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
Robert Davis
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
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Inteligentan strip na temu modernog društva, kulturoloških razlika i "reality" programa koji su postali dominantna forma kič/šund medijske svakodnevnice. Ovaj strip sam svojevremeno preveo za jednog domaćeg izdavača, ali strip zbog procene tržišta nikad nije izašao u štampu. Topla preporuka za sve koji vole stripove o Džonu Konstantinu. Sveden i efektan crtež i dobra radnja koja tera na razmišljanje šta nas u stvari čini ljudima.
Fugo Feedback
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
Apr 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Super quick read, satisfyingly suspenseful, starring one of my favourite anti-heroes, John Constantine.
Constantine one-shot elevated by an excellent author
Rodolfo Santullo
En algún momento del 2009, la línea editorial Vértigo desarrolló la idea "Vertigo Crime": una serie de novelas gráficas policiales que utilizaban -o no- personajes de la línea. No tuvo larga vida ni fue especialmente prolífica (13 libros entre 2009 y 2011), pero permitió dar rienda suelta a guionistas con una marcada veta dentro del género -Brian Azzarello, Peter Milligan, Andy Diggle- así como invitó a autores reconocidos dentro de la literatura negra a experimentar con el noveno arte. Tal es e ...more
Jun 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ian Rankin and Werther Dell’edera combine to toss mystic John Constantine into reality show horror with this graphic tale. Hired by a TV producer to inspect a supposedly haunted set, Constantine is skeptical of the spiritual haunts in a horror house soundstage. Struck by the appearance of one of the female contestants, John agreed to enter the show and unravel the truth. Once inside, he learns the cast is amnesiac about how they arrived on set and plagued by personal demons. Probing their hidden ...more
Garrie Fletcher
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Marc Weidenbaum
Apr 26, 2011 added it
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[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
Mar 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
After a couple of years, I delved back into a graphic novel. Ian Rankin's first foray into this genre. It's centred on famous occult detective John Constantine and a gameshow from hell. Though the premise is a bit predictable, the characters are interesting with intriguing background and a working twist. I really liked its presentation with half the pages in white paper and the other half in black. It's a very light read (214 pages) which I devoured in two sittings.
Oct 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Big Brother meets JC Constantine. I always thought Constantine is too broad a character so he can fit anywhere at anytime. This story actually was not a bad collection of ideas and plot twists aided by simple effective drawings and a readable length. It just didn't amount to an ending worth the piling up of clever and forced twists. Some reviewers here have done an excellent job at dissecting the story so I'll leave it at that.
Sayak Chowdhury
What a bloody ride. Just an easy, light (there is a lot of gore) read. Go through it maybe on a bus or a plane or a car (not while your'e driving though). A little predictable here and there but all accounted for a fairly good read. Constantine plays the reluctant hero, and like always finds himself in an interesting situation due to his lack of judgement as always.
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent! Dark. Grisly. Evil. Awesome. LOVED IT!!!
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A haunted house story, with a twist and reflections on reality TV and fame.
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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.

Ian Rankin has been elected a

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