Dark Entries by Ian Rankin and Werther Dell'edera (3 stars)

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Dark Entries by Ian Rankin and Werther Dell'edera

Ian Rankin isn’t the first author to turn his hand to comics, with names as diverse as Jodi Picoult and Michael Chabon all having had a go. In fact he isn’t even the first Scottish crime writer to script a John Constantine story, with Denise Mina having written 12 issues of Hellblazer in 2006. However Rankin is a massive fan of the medium and his style perfectly suits such an occult detective.

Dark Entries is a modern twist on the haunted house scenario, set in the world of reality TV, with producers calling on the talents of Constantine after some spooky incidents. But with the news that Big Brother is being axed, it already feels dated, though Werther Dell’edera’s scratchy black and white art captures the mood. What you get here is an above average Hellblazer story, but perhaps we expected too much from Rankin’s first foray into graphic novels.

(DC/Vertigo)

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