It’s been said elsewhere but it bares repeating, Dark Entries marks the low point in publisher marketing this year. A little history is needed for this. A few years back when Denise Mina was writing Hellblazer she managed to connect Vertigo with her friend, bestselling writer Ian Rankin. Before too long word started to leak out of Rankin writing the book. Then Vertigo started thinking of launching a line of crime books, and with Rankin already commissioned to write for them it made sense to launch the line on his name (which appears in a font roughly 5 times the size of the title).
The only problem, THIS ISN”T A CRIME COMIC!!!!! It’s not even much of a mystery, despite the god awful “graphic mystery” logo on the cover. Also worth noting, the title of this book comes from the name of a reality show that is central to the plot, however the plot description calls that same show “Haunted Mansion”. Nice to see that people are paying attention.
OK, enough with the rant, what about the book itself. It’s a pretty routine Constantine story. There’s a haunted house, a damsel or two he fails to save, a few demons, and a lot of British snark. Rankin also performs admirably for a first time comics writer.
The art from Werther Dell’edera suits the material well, but suffers at the begining because I’m guessing the first 40 pages or so were originally intended for the ongoing series. There are pretty clear chapter breaks, and the art feels like it was inteded to be colored (later in the book the pages gain a lot more detail).
So, this is a pretty good Hellblazer comic and it seems better suited to a graphic novel format than it did a serial. However, if you buy this expecting an Ian Rankin mystery you’re going to be very disappointed.