Thursday, July 3, 2008
Jim Butcher's Dresden Files: Welcome to the Jungle
Writer: Jim Butcher
Artist: Ardian Syaf
32 pp. Dabel Brothers. $3.99
Reviewed by Paul Stotts
The nice thing about a four issue series is that you don't have to wait too long for the story to finish. Furthermore, the stories usually have a brisk action-packed pace, since they creative team has so few issues to tell the story in. The bad thing, though, is that it is only four issues, so it seems over before it even started.
With that in mind, we have reached the penultimate issue of Jim Butcher's Dresden Files: Welcome to the Jungle, which has a title longer than the run of the series. This issue brings you what you would expect from the next to last issue: the setup before the final confrontation. And it doesn't disappoint.
When we left Harry and Will last time, they were being attacked by a large demon dog that had invited itself into Harry's Volkswagen Beetle. Being the admitted cat person he is, Harry shows the demon doggie no love. It's back to the pound of Hell for Fido! Harry's investigation continues, eventually resulting in a Harry finding a hair. Pulling out a trick CSI only wishes it had, Harry does his hocus-pocus on the hair, creating a psychic trail that leads him back to the owner of the hair. But when he arrives, it doesn't take him long to regret coming.
Jim Butcher and Ardian Syaf do a great job in capturing the essence and tone of a Dresden Files novel, complete with witty dialogue, fast pacing and Harry's penchant for getting into and out of trouble. Butcher has shown himself as being an extremely capable comic writer, and Syaf has been a revelation in terms of the artwork. Here's hoping that after this series has finished these two will get together on another project.
Final Grade: 89 out of 100