COMIC BOOK REVIEW: DRESDEN FILES: DOWN TOWN #1 / AUTHOR: JIM BUTCHER / ARTIST: MARK POWERS / PUBLISHER: DYNAMITE / RELEASE DATE: FEBRUARY 11TH
Down Town, being the first issue from Dynamite’s new Dresden Files comic series, is going to delight fans but won’t do much to convince newcomers. Penned by Dresden scribe Jim Butcher and comic writer Mark Powers, Down Town plays on the strengths of the books, adopting the episodic format of the comic medium.
Set after the events of White Night (the ninth in the Dresden series), Down Town sees the grim murder of a pawn shop proprietor and the police inevitably calling in their local expert on all things spooky and supernatural. While this is the set-up for all things Dresden, it’s helped along by the presence of Molly, his 20 year old alt-girl protégé caught somewhere between Lisbeth Salander and Infamous: First Light’s Abigail Walker.
The text captures the acerbic narration from the Windy Cities’ grizzled wizard. Rest assured, there’s also plenty of his usual wit and you’ll be cracking a smile on more than one occasion. Carlos Gomez’s art has a cartoonish exaggeration, which brings out the best of the characters.
A decent effort which avoids many of the usual pitfalls of first issues (world building and exposition) with the books as its context, but there’s a lot of recap and set up. It’s a promising if languid start, one that fans of Butcher’s books are going to want to get stuck into.
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