Welcome to the Jungle (Dresden Files Series)

Welcome to the Jungle (Dresden Files Series)

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by Jim Butcher, Ardian Syaf
When the supernatural world spins out of control, when the police can’t handle what goes bump in the night, when monsters come screaming out of nightmares and into the mean streets, there’s just one man to call: Harry Dresden, the only professional wizard in the Chicago phone book. A police consultant and private investigator, Dresden has to walk the


When the supernatural world spins out of control, when the police can’t handle what goes bump in the night, when monsters come screaming out of nightmares and into the mean streets, there’s just one man to call: Harry Dresden, the only professional wizard in the Chicago phone book. A police consultant and private investigator, Dresden has to walk the dangerous line between the world of night and the light of day.

Now Harry Dresden is investigating a brutal mauling at the Lincoln Park Zoo that has left a security guard dead and many questions unanswered. As an investigator of the supernatural, he senses that there’s more to this case than a simple animal attack, and as Dresden searches for clues to figure out who is really behind the crime, he finds himself next on the victim list, and being hunted by creatures that won’t leave much more than a stain if they catch him.

Written exclusively for comics by Jim Butcher, The Dresden Files: Welcome to the Jungle is a brand-new story that’s sure to enchant readers with a blend of gripping mystery and fantastic adventure.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Author Butcher is the creator of the Dresden Files series of novels (the basis for the short-lived Sci-Fi channel series), and this fun graphic novel is the prequel to his first Dresden book, Storm Front. Blurring the lines between fantasy and noir, Dresden is a scrappy, rough-and-tumble "consulting professional wizard" who's often hired by the Chicago police to work on those crimes that enter the supernatural. Given only 24 hours to solve an inexplicable and gruesome murder at the zoo, Dresden has to deal with unhelpful zoologists and police, a helpful but confused potential love interest, packs of demonically possessed animals and several deadly enchanters along the way, eventually uncovering a plot by one of mankind's great ancient foes. If the story is not particularly deep, it's breathlessly paced, with plenty of quirks and details (one of Dresden's closest friends and allies is an ancient talking skull), and a compelling page-turner. Syaf's art is always effective, but sometimes ping-pongs between generic action-comic combat poses and more personal and evocative horror art. This book is a decent start to a new medium for the series and may pique the interest of those unfamiliar with Dresden and Butcher. (Oct.)

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Product Details

Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
Dresden Files Series
Edition description:
Graphic Novel
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Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
16 - 18 Years

Read an Excerpt

Introduction by Jim Butcher

I know The Dresden Files got a lot of people’s attention when it aired on the Sci-Fi Channel, but there’s a secret I’ve been needing to get off my chest: In my head, it’s always been an animated cartoon. In fact, when I’m writing it, I actually see panels from a comic book–sorry, graphic novel–in my mind’s eye.

So when the Dabel Brothers came along and expressed an interest in adapting the books to a graphic novel format, I couldn’t have been happier.

See, back in the day (when you just called them "comic books" and "graphic novels" wouldn’t really come into common use until the release of Frank Miller’s Batman: The Dark Knight Returns in 1986), I collected a lot of titles. In point of fact, from 1983 to 1986, I collected every single Marvel title with the exception of the overtly marketed toy tie-in titles (Transformers, GI Joe) and those less-than-successful "New Universe" titles.

Yeah. All of them.

I stopped looking up the value of all those titles about a quarter of the way in. It was too depressing. My mom threw 99 percent of them away when I was off at college. Not that I would have sold them, anyway. Money might be money, but what I loved were the stories; the heroes, the villains, the victims, the explosions, desperate battles, heroic sacrifice–the stuff of legends. At least, they were to that 12- to 15-year-old boy. Those comic books–they were NOT graphic novels back then–stirred my imagination and deeply influenced the kinds of stories I would write myself one day.

So when the Dabels offered me the chance to write an original story in the Dresden Files, as an introduction for the adaptation of the novels, I jumped at the chance! Ah hah! I’d gotten to write a Spider-Man novel for Marvel, but this was going to be even better!

Nobody told me how much *work* it would be.

I mean, a picture is worth a thousand words, right? Well, there are between one and six pictures on every single page of a graphic novel, and when you’re the writer, you’re the one who has to produce the thousand words. You’ve got to tell the artist what you want on the page, give him some idea of perspective, of mood and tone, and generally give him a good notional skeleton to draw the sketches on. When you’re a noob writer for this format, like me, you also have to work out when you’re asking for the impossible and when you’re telling the artist everything he doesn’t need to know, and nothing that he does.

It’s intense. In its own way, it’s harder than writing a novel.

I’m really proud of the results.

"Welcome to the Jungle" is a story set in the world of the Dresden Files, immediately prior to the events of Storm Front. Drawn by the tremendously gifted newcomer Ardian Syaf, I can honestly say that the representation of the characters found here is very, very close to the images of them that exist in my head. Harry is bang-on, in particular, and I just keep getting more impressed with the art being produced to go with the story I’ve written. Put together, I think they make for a fine comic book.

I don’t think I’ll apologize for that one. Comic books opened up a whole universe of imagination to a kid who rushed to the local comic shop each week, eager to buy issues for seventy-five cents to one dollar apiece. Comic books helped awaken my own desire to tell stories, and played a pivotal role in shaping my own storytelling style. I see no slur in the name, no disrespect, and never have.

Even so, I can respect the opinions of others. So welcome to the first issue of the first original Dresden Files graphic novel–"Welcome to the Jungle."


Meet the Author

Jim Butcher is the New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen novels, including the Dresden Files and the Codex Alera books. Since the publication of his first Dresden Files novel, Storm Front, in 2000, Butcher has become a favorite author of millions of dedicated readers around the world. A lifelong fan of comic books, Butcher lives in Missouri with his wife and son.

Ardian Syaf is a rising talent who has received universal acclaim for his work on the comic book Honor Among Thieves. Syaf lives in Indonesia.

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Welcome to the Jungle (Dresden Files Series) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 62 reviews.
rasorrick More than 1 year ago
Fore every one complaining that it was misleading. It states in the lower right corner of the cover "Illustrated by" They don't Illustrate in novels. Plus it is by Jim Butcher & Ardian Syaf as listed on the site and pre order. Had he ever co authored a novel in the series? Try reading before you buy.
VampireRanger More than 1 year ago
Plot was OK. Graphics were great. But, some characters were left out. I read this in about an hour, it's priced at $19.95. I think I'll stick to the actual books. It just wasn't worth the money.
Nina_Habiba More than 1 year ago
Don't let the illustration on the cover fool you, Ardian Syaf's visualization of Harry Dresden and company is great. As always, Jim Butcher gives us a compelling story. My main problem? Too short.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While this graphic novel whithers in comparison with any full-length Dresden book, it is still a fun read. It is full of the trademark humor and witticism that make Harry Dresden the character we know and love. Thrilling plot, a few twists and turns, and the emergence of old characters make this worth reading. Set before the first novel, it doesn't benefit from the depth of the Dresdonverse, but it does serve well as a companion reader. At the very least it gave me my Dresden fix while I was waiting for the new book to come out.
HARRYPOTTER86 More than 1 year ago
I'm only fifteen, and this is my favorite book series. I love The Dresden Files, and this is a great graphic novel. Great action sequences (not R-rated, but borderline PG-13), and an intriguing story. Not as good as the books, but the graphic novels are never better. But this awesome, though the story is a bit inconsistent, and it seems a bit, you know, offbeat. But a good comic, and a great addition to the series AND my collection of graphic novels. Great work Jim Butcher!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you haven't read any of the other Dresden books or seen the TV series this isn't a bad place to start. Good story and good graphics. Links to the first novel and DVDs below.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After waiting months I went to B&N to pick up my copy and I was not happy. When I found out Welcome to the Jungle was not a novel but really a comic book, I felt like the victim of a really bad joke. I kept looking around the store for the "real" book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I pre-ordered this hardback thinking it was a continuation of Butcher's Dresden File series of novels. Barnes and Nobles had it listed as the 11th in the Dresden File series. Although I love the Dresden novels I was very disappointed that this was not a novel but a comic book story. I'm not into comics. I'll no longer be pre-ordering from Barnes and Noble as the info for this release was very misleading.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Been wanting to read this series for a while. This one was good. The art style also good.
Vallee More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed, added to my collection of Butcher items....
loritatarsmith More than 1 year ago
For those who love graphic novels and want a more mature hero, "Welcome to the Jungle" is for you. It is a prequel to the Harry Dresden Files series and presents some great graphics to get you warmed up for what's to come. This ain't no petting zoo!
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Fast shipping, very happy with product.
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