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Jim Butcher's Dresden Files: Ghoul Goblin

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  • Posted July 8, 2014

    *Copy provided via Netgalley for an unbiased review.* I'm not a

    *Copy provided via Netgalley for an unbiased review.*
    I'm not a big graphic novel reader (aside from the Walking Dead series that I'm working my way through), so I write this review while admitting my ignorance on the subject of graphic novels in general. But I'm a huge Harry Dresden fan, so I was happy to give "Ghoul Goblin" a try. I found it to be pretty faithful to the Dresden canon (at least as far as I've read - I haven't read all the books yet) and to his personality. The artwork seemed good (not having a lot to compare it to), and there was a nice written summary of the story at the end, as well as a brief character review. I'd read another of these as a nice little hit of Dresden when I've run out of the regular novels (a sad thought...)

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  • Posted April 21, 2014

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     I'm not a big fan of graphic novels. It's not that I have a thi

     I'm not a big fan of graphic novels. It's not that I have a thing against the genre, I don't. It's just I can go through a story in an hour or so.
         This is the second Graphic Novel that is an original Dresden Files story. The first is Welcome to the Jungle. He does have his first two novels, Storm Front and Fool Moon in graphic novel form.
         I enjoyed this story, and it's nice to Dresden out of Chicago and in another state. The story was well written, with a twist here and there. The graphics still just as lovely and well done, art work. Typical Dresden tale, not disappointing, and worth the time to read it. I waited till it came out in the complete tale. It was released in segments originally.

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  • Posted February 22, 2014

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    Setting this original graphic novel in the period between the no

    Setting this original graphic novel in the period between the novels Fool Moon and Grave Peril (books two and three of The Dresden Files) gives Butcher and his co-creators the ability to show us a younger, somewhat less-grizzled but still not completely naive Harry Dresden, as well as the chance to tell a story not weighed down by the heavy goings on of the most recent books in the series. As with the Dresden Files RPG, setting the story early in the series run reduces the risk of spoiling major events for anyone for whom this might be a first exposure to the characters. The other aspect of this story that helps reduce potential spoilerage is the fact that other than Harry, none of the main Dresden Files characters make more than a cursory appearance. If Murphy and Thomas and the Carpenters aren't around for Harry to talk to, dialogue can hardly spoil, or hint at, events to come. That being said, if you're concerned about spoilers: read this after you've read Fool Moon, because a good part of that novel is spoiled in flashback; it's an important flashback in that it sets Harry's tone for part of this adventure, so it could hardly be left out / go unexplained.

    There's solid character work and world-building here, as there always is in a Dresdenverse story. I suspect at this point Jim's time is enough at a premium that he's not going to spend time writing (or even just outlining) a story that doesn't expand Harry's world or world-view in some way. This time out, even though the story is set in a small town in Missouri, we get a look at some supernatural entities that we haven't seen or had hinted at in the novels so far; Harry of course is not fazed at all by the presence of these entities -- he knows about them, even if we as readers don't -- and his narration tells us as much as we need to know to understand their roles in the greater Dresdenverse.

    The plot itself is pretty standard early Dresden: Harry is asked by a slightly skeptical human to investigate a crime that might be supernatural in nature; the slightly skeptical human is quickly convinced but Harry gets backlash from a completely non-believing human; Harry thinks he understands what's going on, thinks he has a solution; Harry then finds out he was wrong on one or both of the previous counts and has to improvise to conclude the case without further loss of life and copious amounts of property damage. Along the way, Harry earns the ire/respect of various heretofore-unknown supernatural players in the drama. It's formulaic, but in this case it works, and the supporting human characters give Harry plenty to play off of. The one aspect of this book that doesn't fit the formula is the prologue, in which we the readers learn information that Harry cannot possibly know until someone tells him. A nice little tweak that we don't get in the novels.

    The artwork is a bit cartoonier than I think the previous original graphic novel, Welcome To The Jungle, was, but it fit the story very well. Particularly in the way he drew Pres, the artist reminded me of the great Dan Spiegle, who drew the run of Blackhawk in the 80s that I loved so much.

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  • Posted December 7, 2013

    Graphic novel goodness 4.5 *Book source ~ Many thanks to Dynam

    Graphic novel goodness


    *Book source ~ Many thanks to Dynamite Entertainment and NetGalley for providing a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

    This is the 6th graphic novel in the Dresden Files universe. I’ve managed to read books 1 & 2, but haven’t gotten my hands on library copies of 3, 4 and 5. This story doesn’t follow along the lines of the novels or short stories, it’s not a retelling. It’s a completely new tale set after Fool Moon and one I enjoyed tremendously. Of course, I don’t think there’s a Dresden book yet that I haven’t liked.

    Harry is trying to track a Black Lagoon-type creature when a small town Missouri deputy comes to his office looking to hire him for an unusual problem. People in one family are dying and in very strange circumstances. Strange in the way that Harry knows so well, by supernatural means. So Harry agrees to help and heads to Boone Mill. Unfortunately, nothing is ever easy for Harry.

    Having only read books 1 & 2 in the graphic novel universe and that was a few years ago, I can’t really compare the illustrations to say if I like this illustrator better than the others. I do like the illustrations in this novel and the story was very interesting. I also liked that this was a new story in the Dresden Universe and not a retelling of a previous one. Nothing wrong with retellings, but it’s always a pleasure to read a new one about Harry since the Dresden Files is up there among my favorite series.

    I’m not a huge fan of graphic novels, but I’ll read the Dresden Files any day of the week. Bring on the next one.

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