Harry Dresden's life is a bit chaotic at the moment. His best friend and top client, Lt. Karrin Murphy isn't speaking to him at the moment after events of Storm Front. And a lot of people think he's working for mobster Johnny Marcone. And to top it all off a pack of werewolves has apparently descended into his city. What's a wizard to do? Harry pulls it together, attempts to help Murphy out and protect the city. But before all is said and done, Harry's life and that of his friends is in serious danger and none may make it out alive.
I've never really been a big fan of comic adaptations of books, especially ones that I really like--like the Dresden Files. One reason is because adaptations tend to leave so much out of the story due to space constraints. The second reason is because they tend to convert a lot of text into images, which means that the artist really has to know their stuff in order to depict someone else's characters...and most of the adaptations I've read this doesn't happen. So that being said...the storyline adaptation is actually well done. While they leave a good bit out they do capture the important aspects of the story and it's easy enough to read. They also don't fall into the bad habit of trying to cram a lot of text into dialogue boxes so the page is clear and easy to read. They capture the important moments of the story and they make the comic form work well with it.
But there are two parts to an adaptation and the artwork has to carry a lot of the story. And for me that's where this adaptation really struggles. While they capture the background and details well, such as the Blue Beetle being different colors, they don't really capture the characters well. Kim for example looks half crazed and her hair seems to grow bigger with each panel. And why does it look like she has volleyballs attached to her chest? And it doesn't get better. Harry never looks the same in any panel and his hair seems to go from bright red to medium brown, Georgia looks like a stick figure, Billy looks like a fat slob, and MacFinn looks like a weird version of Wolverine. And even though Harry is tall, to illustrate this it seems like the artist falls into the habit of making everyone appear at least half of foot to a foot shorter than him, which makes him look like a weird giant. Overall I just found the artwork really disappointing.
I'm a huge fan of the Dresden files, but I have trouble recommending this one as I don't think the artwork really suits the story well.
Review copy provided by NetGalley