I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Jim Butcher's Dresden Files: Down Town by Jim Butcher
Published by Dynamic Forces on September 23rd 2015
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Also by this author: Storm Front, Shadowed Souls, Blood Rites, Proven Guilty , White Night , Small Favor , Turn Coat , Changes , Side Jobs: Stories from the Dresden Files , Peace Talks
Chicago wizard-for-hire Harry Dresden and his new apprentice, Molly Carpenter, intend to end the havoc caused by a mad sorcerer - one whose ambitions would have the Windy City streets carved out as his own private kingdom. But when the magical upstart enters into an alliance with the notorious mob boss "Gentleman Johnnie" Marcone, will the fast-and-loose Dresden and his young charge survive unscathed?This graphic novel collects the critically acclaimed, six-issue series in one volume, and features a bonus section with Jim Butcher's original story outline, sketchbook artwork from Carlos Gomez, cover gallery with roughs from Stjepan Sejic, and more!"The perfect mix of mystery, thrills, humor, and magic. Highest possible recommendation." - SciFiPulse"If you have been away from the Dresden Files for a while, or simply looking for your next magic mystery fix, The Dresden Files: Down Town has what you want." - Major Spoilers
I don’t normally read graphic novels, but I seen this one about The Dresden Files and decided to give it a try. I did enjoy it but I think I miss the meat of a whole book.
What I thought of this book
I haven’t read all of the Dresden books so I was a little concerned if I would be lost grabbing this graphic novel, but I need not be worried. I have read about 5 of the books and it was enough to know most of the characters. The only one I didn’t know was the young girl Miss Carpenter and so I don’t know if she shows up in later books or if she is just a new character for the GN’s but it worked just fine.
Dresden is helping Carpenter hone her skills as she has telekinetic powers. Then something starts killing people and Dresden has to go try and figure it out. It looked like a big Mud man but it’s called a Golem. Dresden ends up having to work with “Gentleman Johnnie” Marcone, one of his very favorite people…lol. Marcone knew that if he had his people follow Dresden they would find what ever it was that was killing those that Marcone is being paid to protect.
They find a mad wizard down in the underground and he is controlling the Golem and it won’t be easy to take down.
The artwork in Down Town is great as far as graphic novels go, but there were times where I didn’t really understand a whole page of darkness or purple. I guess it’s because I am not up on all thens graphic novel but it didn’t make sense to waste all that space.
I also found it hard to read until I looked up online how to read a graphic novel and got a step by step guide which made it much easier to understand. 🙂 It has been a long time since I read a comic book so I was a bit rusty on the inter workings of a graphic novel.
Overall, the story line was a lot like what you would expect from The Dresden Files and I think I could see myself trying another one. If you like Dresden and you like graphic novels then you will like this story.