[Book Review] Dresden Files : Down Town

Jim Butcher's Dresden Files : Down Town / Jim Butcher & Mark Powers (Powell's Books)

Gentleman Johnny Marcone isn't just a two-bit gangster anymore, not when he's now a mortal signatory of the Unseelie Accords.  But while people like Harry Dresden and Karen Murphy want to see Marcone and his power games gone from Chicago, they have no interest in outcomes that lead to widespread chaos and bloodshed.  Unfortunately, not everyone is so considerate, and once again Dresden and Marcone find themselves with a common enemy.


Most of the Dresden Files graphic novels I've read focus on Harry and sometimes Karen.  This is the first one I've read that gives a fuller ensemble, with Molly, Mouse, and Johnny taking front seat along with Harry, plus support from Karen, Ms Gard, Mister, Thomas, and Bob.

Personally, I'm super excited to have a graphic novel featuring Molly, for some reason she's always been nearly impossible for me to visualize (though I'll have to re-read the books to see how accurate the tattoos are... I've noticed comic books at times get a bit creative in that regard).  Molly grows into a serious power in the overall series, one that we only see snippets from, so getting a graphic novel with Molly as one of the main characters is fantastic.

Marcone, as always, exhibits his mastery of getting Harry to do what he wants (namely, by telling Harry to not do it).  The two of them have a very interesting relationship, filled with antipathy, but they so often end up against the same wall.

The art is clean, the story well paced, and the characters recognizable by their personalities as well as their looks.  And besides, who doesn't love Mister?

Advanced Reader Copy copy courtesy of Diamond Book Distributors via Netgalley; differences may exist between uncorrected galley text and the final edition.

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