Dark Entries

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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. However, John soon learns that he is in fact in a game-show which is being broadcast only to the denizens of Hell, who have chosen him to be the ...

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Overview

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. However, John soon learns that he is in fact in a game-show which is being broadcast only to the denizens of Hell, who have chosen him to be the next contestant. Now he has to figure out who's the killer but also how to escape with his soul in one piece.

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401213862
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Publication date: 8/25/2009
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 5.68 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.68 (d)

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  • Posted October 9, 2009

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    This is a weird one

    I may have let my enthusiasm for Ian Rankin and graphic novels in general to influence me on attempting to read this. But Ian Rankin is a fan of an old Marvel character and so Rankin has created a paean to him. But it is done in reality TV style--popular today, though I am not a fan. Whatever, this is not great literature, but may be appealing to some audiences.

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  • Posted September 5, 2009

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    Famtastic

    I am a long time Hellblazer fan and for a while now the book has been both disappointing and stale. Fortunately, Dark Entries is nothing of the sort. Award winning mystery novelist Ian Rankin take on comics number one anti-hero was extremely refreshing. This is what the Constantine movie was meant to be.good. Haunting, creepy, dark, with a chilling ending! A must own for any one looking for a good scare. Additionally, Werther Dell'edera art is top notch. Now if only Vertigo Crime line would tackle House of Secrets, all would be well.

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  • Posted July 29, 2009

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    I Wish I Knew it Was a "Graphic" Novel Before I Ordered It!

    I ordered this book from the Vine program with no indication that it is a graphic novel. Unfortunately it is and not a very good one at that. I enjoy this format more for a superhero comic book and this was definately not that. A Mr. Constantine is approached by a mysterious Mathew Keene who gets into his apartment and offers him a strange proposition. He is to participate in a special gameshow. About halfway through the book Constantine enters the gameshow and the books page outline colors change from white to black. The rest of the book is a type of fantasy where Constantine has apparently entered Hell.

    This book is a lot like the "swag" graphic novels that they give away at Comicscon. As I said it is not my thing.

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