Dark Entries (comics)
Cover to Dark Entries by Lee Bermejo
|Main characters||John Constantine|
|Page count||216 pages|
|Publisher||Vertigo Crime (DC Comics)|
Dark Entries is a 2009 original graphic novel written by Ian Rankin. The author's earliest work in the comic field, it was one of two books to launch Vertigo's new sub-imprintVertigo Crime, along with Brian Azzarello's Filthy Rich. Italian artist Werther Dell'Edera created the interior art and Lee Bermejo painted the cover for the book.
The plot of the novel involves John Constantine being convinced to enter a reality television program which has suffered several strange hauntings, a thinly veiled satire of British programmes Most Haunted and Big Brother.
This turns out to be not a television programme made for humanity, but for the denizens of Hell, and John must work out a way to escape from this.
Rankin has explained how the project came about:
I got an email out of the blue from Titan asking me whether I had ever thought about writing something like this," says the author. "My first love when I was a kid was comics. I had been waiting 40 years for this opportunity. I just pitched ideas at them; eventually we both agreed on one that would work.
- Dark Entries (by Ian Rankin and Werther Dell'edera, 216 pages, hardcover, Vertigo, August 2009, ISBN 1-4012-1386-3, Titan Books, October 2009, ISBN 1-84856-342-6)
Paul Gravett has said "Ian's story was a bit hackneyed; it reminded me of the 1959 horror film House on Haunted Hill; this old thing of whether you will survive the night." Craig Taylor reviewed the book for The Guardian and says the graphic novel "does offer a few clever ideas and some rough, energetic black and white artwork," however, he felt the plot was slack and the setting "feels dated and unworthy." Also at The Guardian Ned Beauman suggested that Dark Entries "does at least overcome most of the limitations of its own suicidally unpromising premise" and "despite some lapses in characterisation ... Rankin does seem to have a basic feel for his adopted hero. But beyond that, there's very little to praise, particularly not the clumsy dialogue."
- Duin, Steve (April 7, 2009). "Ian Rankin vs. Brian Azzarello". The Oregonian. Retrieved April 13, 2009.
- Smith, Zack (March 25, 2009). "Starting Vertigo's Crime Line: Ian Rankin on Dark Entries". Newsarama. Retrieved April 13, 2009.
- Ian Rankin. Dark Entries. Vertigo comics.
- Sharp, Rob (September 29, 2009). "Ian Rankin: Think inside the box". The Independent. Retrieved September 29, 2009.
- Taylor, Craig (October 10, 2009). "Dark Entries by Ian Rankin and Werther Dell'edera". The Guardian. Retrieved October 11, 2009.
- Beauman, Ned (September 30, 2009). "Getting graphic with Ian Rankin". The Guardian. Retrieved October 11, 2009.
- Dark Entries at the Comic Book DB