Sunday, June 5, 2011

John Constantine: Dark Entries [COMICS]

The house where we live in Kingston in on the outskirts, so it's a bit of a hike to make it downtown. The good news is that there's a branch of the public library just ten minutes away, so I've had fun scouring their book and DVD racks for new stuff to help fill up my "night shift" of baby-watching. Unfortunately, there's pretty slim pickings at the library when it comes to graphic novels: a Sandman TPB (which I already own), a Hellboy TPB (ditto), a collection of comic strips from the 70s (doesn't look particularly interesting), and Dark Entries, a John Constantine book from 2009.

I've always wanted to read some Constantine stories and never got around to it, so this was a good opportunity. The book has a solid hook. Constantine is approached by the producers of a reality t.v. show where the premise is that contestants are locked inside a "haunted" house and whoever finds the hidden exit first wins. The problem, according to the producers, is that strange phenomena are occurring in the house that is not the product of special effects and trickery. When Constantine gets inside the house, he discovers that many of the contestants feel as if they know each other though they can't remember why, that they're having strange, terrifying dreams, etc. I don't want to spoil the ending, so I'll just say it has a clever twist and was a solid read.

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