Review: Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files: Down Town by Jim Butcher & Mark Powers, Illustrated by Carlos Gomez & Stjepan Sejic

October 19, 2015 Review 0

Review: Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files: Down Town by Jim Butcher & Mark Powers, Illustrated by Carlos Gomez & Stjepan SejicJim Butcher's Dresden Files: Down Town by Jim Butcher
Published by Dynamic Forces on September 23, 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Fantasy, Graphic Novel, Urban, Urban Fantasy
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 114
Source: NetGalley
Sexual Content: N/A
Reviewed by: Julia
3 Stars

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

Offering a new Harry Dresden story in graphic novel form, DOWN TOWN is a glimpse of a time in Molly's apprenticeship that was a simpler, gentler moment in the Dresden household.  This being Harry, however, there is still plenty of death, danger, and magical megalomaniacs.

When enjoying a graphic novel, especially one that is bringing to life familiar and beloved characters, the physical representation of said characters is important.  This book's Harry Dresden is a fitting heir to the TV show's Harry, ruggedly handsome but down to earth in his jeans and henley.  And while Molly certainly has the colorful punk/goth aesthetic from the books, she's often wearing so little clothes it detracts from her character's presence.  While there was often a subtle sexual curiosity between Molly and Harry, putting her in a crop top and low riders does not do that dynamic justice.  Murphy at least gets to wear sensible clothes, and Molly is thankfully wearing a jacket for the finale (and given that the confrontation takes place in a Chicago winter, Molly wearing less would have been an unforgivable deal breaker).

While the story itself ends in a rather inconsequential (and thus unimportant) fire fight, Harry's playful banter with Molly was a lovely.  And while two of the three women are drawn in terrible clothes, the physical interpretations of both Mouse and Bob were endearing.  Fans of the Dresden Files will enjoy this glimpse of our favorite wizard pounding the pavement and protecting the innocent, despite some of the graphic missteps.  Those new to the series are welcome to give DOWN TOWN a try, but they should make sure to pick up the novel STORM FRONT to get a taste of the genuine article.

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  • For a graphic novel that offers new content in a beloved series, try the prequel to Patricia Brigg's Mercy Thompson series, HOMECOMING.
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