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INSIDE COVER: WILD CARD An uneasy peace has settled over Chicago, where an array of supernatural factions frequently battle for supremacy. Thanks to the city's only Wizard for Hire, Harry Dresden, a plot targeting magical practitioners was stopped, and the White Court of Vampires' part in it exposed. 'Gentleman' Johnny Marcone, the town's most powerful and ruthless mob boss, INSIDE COVER: WILD CARD An uneasy peace has settled over Chicago, where an array of supernatural factions frequently battle for supremacy. Thanks to the city's only Wizard for Hire, Harry Dresden, a plot targeting magical practitioners was stopped, and the White Court of Vampires' part in it exposed. 'Gentleman' Johnny Marcone, the town's most powerful and ruthless mob boss, was made a freeholding Baron under the Unseelie Accords, a set of decrees governing the actions of the magical world's major powers, in return for his help in ending the threat. Son after, Marcone once again aided Harry and his apprentice, Molly Carpenter, this time helping them take down a mad wizard bent on making Chicago his personal playground. However, the gangster remains a dangerous criminal who, whatever his motivations, is wholly focused on cultivating his own power. The White Court, led by Lara Raith, is the dominant supernatural faction and sees the city's citizens as nothing more than a source of sustenance and pleasure. Things are calm now, but tension between these rivals boils beneath the surface... Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files saga continues in this original and in-continuity graphic novel, featuring a never-before-told story set after the bestselling novel White Night and graphic novel Down Town! A bizarre double murder draws the interest of Chicago's only wizard-for-hire. But as Harry Dresden begins his investigation, the clues lead to troubling conclusions about the possible perpetrator, and set him on a path that will place him in the middle of a conflict between the city's three most powerful factions -- a conflict that could engulf all of Chicago! REVIEWS: "If you re already a fan of Harry and his ragtag band of hooligans and ne'er-do-wells, this latest offering from the folks at Dynamite could very well be a great way to pass the time while you wait for the next book." - The Pullbox "Every panel is exciting to read, and Carlos Gomez really knows his way around a pencil." - The Outhousers "Dark, gritty, mysterious, and full of magic." - AIPT "Great art and solid writing." - Critical Blast "An interesting premise and well written characters." - Project Nerd "Step into this tale and you will feel richly rewarded." - Big Comic Page "Good amounts of levity and seriousness." - Bounding Into Comics


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INSIDE COVER: WILD CARD An uneasy peace has settled over Chicago, where an array of supernatural factions frequently battle for supremacy. Thanks to the city's only Wizard for Hire, Harry Dresden, a plot targeting magical practitioners was stopped, and the White Court of Vampires' part in it exposed. 'Gentleman' Johnny Marcone, the town's most powerful and ruthless mob boss, INSIDE COVER: WILD CARD An uneasy peace has settled over Chicago, where an array of supernatural factions frequently battle for supremacy. Thanks to the city's only Wizard for Hire, Harry Dresden, a plot targeting magical practitioners was stopped, and the White Court of Vampires' part in it exposed. 'Gentleman' Johnny Marcone, the town's most powerful and ruthless mob boss, was made a freeholding Baron under the Unseelie Accords, a set of decrees governing the actions of the magical world's major powers, in return for his help in ending the threat. Son after, Marcone once again aided Harry and his apprentice, Molly Carpenter, this time helping them take down a mad wizard bent on making Chicago his personal playground. However, the gangster remains a dangerous criminal who, whatever his motivations, is wholly focused on cultivating his own power. The White Court, led by Lara Raith, is the dominant supernatural faction and sees the city's citizens as nothing more than a source of sustenance and pleasure. Things are calm now, but tension between these rivals boils beneath the surface... Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files saga continues in this original and in-continuity graphic novel, featuring a never-before-told story set after the bestselling novel White Night and graphic novel Down Town! A bizarre double murder draws the interest of Chicago's only wizard-for-hire. But as Harry Dresden begins his investigation, the clues lead to troubling conclusions about the possible perpetrator, and set him on a path that will place him in the middle of a conflict between the city's three most powerful factions -- a conflict that could engulf all of Chicago! REVIEWS: "If you re already a fan of Harry and his ragtag band of hooligans and ne'er-do-wells, this latest offering from the folks at Dynamite could very well be a great way to pass the time while you wait for the next book." - The Pullbox "Every panel is exciting to read, and Carlos Gomez really knows his way around a pencil." - The Outhousers "Dark, gritty, mysterious, and full of magic." - AIPT "Great art and solid writing." - Critical Blast "An interesting premise and well written characters." - Project Nerd "Step into this tale and you will feel richly rewarded." - Big Comic Page "Good amounts of levity and seriousness." - Bounding Into Comics

30 review for Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files: Wild Card

  1. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    This was a pretty cool story right up till the last few pages. WTF? Talk about a weird-ass way to end what could have been a really exciting Dresden tale. But. The majority of this is a fun look at quite a few of the main characters in this series. All the major players in the supernatural & mortal world have been tricked and pitted against one another by some anonymous enemy. Of course, it's up to Harry to find out who's the real culprit behind all the recent deaths. Dun, dun, dunnnn! So far s This was a pretty cool story right up till the last few pages. WTF? Talk about a weird-ass way to end what could have been a really exciting Dresden tale. But. The majority of this is a fun look at quite a few of the main characters in this series. All the major players in the supernatural & mortal world have been tricked and pitted against one another by some anonymous enemy. Of course, it's up to Harry to find out who's the real culprit behind all the recent deaths. Dun, dun, dunnnn! So far so good, especially for a graphic novel. The art was slick, and everyone looked (to me) pretty much like they do in my head. Plus, it was like one of those old Columbo stories where you know who the bad guy is right off the bat, but you don't know why he did it. It was a tad different than what you normally see so I thought that was cool. Ok. That ending. It wasn't that it was bad so much as it was INCREDIBLY anti-climactic. (view spoiler)[So this entire time the body count is racking up because Puck is this ancient Fae with major powers. Everyone is going after him with everything they've got and nothing is making a dent, so the tension is ratcheting up, you know? Like, how is Harry gonna figure out a sneaky way to beat this crazy fucker?! And then this: Harry plays a game of poker with Puck to decide whether or not he'll leave them alone for 100 years, or whether they'll have to help Puck take over the world. Except the entire outcome was based on chance! They played the game inside some magic no cheating circle, so Puck had a 50/50 chance for world domination! And naturally, Puck has this unbeatable hand, but somehow Harry's hand is better so...YAY! (hide spoiler)] Well, yeah. That happened. It was off-putting and kind of left me with a deflated feeling when I closed the book. But looking back? The majority of the story was solid, so I'd still recommend it to any hardcore Dresden fans.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    I received a preview eARC of this title from the publisher through NetGalley. I really enjoy these Dresden Files comics. The story isn't as brilliant as the regular novels, but they serve nicely as short stories to cleanse the palate a little as we wait for the next book. I think the feel of the series is there primarily because Butcher himself contributes to the writing. And the artwork in this is wonderful! Mark Powers does a great job writing with Butcher and adapting the story to comics, and I received a preview eARC of this title from the publisher through NetGalley. I really enjoy these Dresden Files comics. The story isn't as brilliant as the regular novels, but they serve nicely as short stories to cleanse the palate a little as we wait for the next book. I think the feel of the series is there primarily because Butcher himself contributes to the writing. And the artwork in this is wonderful! Mark Powers does a great job writing with Butcher and adapting the story to comics, and Carlos Gomez captures the images just perfectly. And bonus points if you noticed that Dresden doesn't have a hat.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mitticus

    +Digital copy gently provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review+ 3.5 psychopathic stars It was a pretty generic story , for Dresden. A big baddie, an almost war, and the usual suspects. But I can't determine the exact timing for this story among the novels. Some entity is causing trouble in Chicago, and people blame each other. We find working together again Harry and Thomas . Molly is there, too. And Murphy shows a bit of her past. (Li'l Karrin+dad) (Is weird to see Butters like that) +Digital copy gently provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review+ 3.5 psychopathic stars It was a pretty generic story , for Dresden. A big baddie, an almost war, and the usual suspects. But I can't determine the exact timing for this story among the novels. Some entity is causing trouble in Chicago, and people blame each other. We find working together again Harry and Thomas . Molly is there, too. And Murphy shows a bit of her past. (Li'l Karrin+dad) (Is weird to see Butters like that) But beside the usual beaten up Dresden, and the rush, something is missing. Marcone doesn't translate his personality in the comics. Lara is another matter, but we know almost nothing about her. Thomas and Harry, in another hand, *my favorite cover was the last one :) (view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)] The ending is weak. ------------------- Historia entretenida, pero el final fue anticlimático. Buen dibujo.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

    Great art, a fun setup but a bad, or better yet, a stupid ending. And that's a shame cause everything else was great. It's fun, the characters are likable and it keeps you rooted to your seat. Still for fans of Harry a must read :)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tricia

    Let me be very clear that the high rating is for the story in general. I was not very impressed with the character renditions, not to say as a stand alone the characteristics in a visual manner would not be impressive and my opinion would have been different, however since I know and love the characters I was a but floored about a few. Butters for example has never looked the way I have seen him drawn out in these graphic novels, Thomas looks like a mutant with muscles and I always felt he was m Let me be very clear that the high rating is for the story in general. I was not very impressed with the character renditions, not to say as a stand alone the characteristics in a visual manner would not be impressive and my opinion would have been different, however since I know and love the characters I was a but floored about a few. Butters for example has never looked the way I have seen him drawn out in these graphic novels, Thomas looks like a mutant with muscles and I always felt he was more of a lean muscle, larger than Harry but not a body builder! But I digress...by far my favorite rendition (and most accurate in my opinion) was Lara. I have a love/hate opinion of that woman but I may be moving to a more positive appreciation of her after this. (I will admit that once again I may "dislike the graphic novel interpretation of a Dresden Files story because of the way Molly looks...everyone knows by now I am not a fan, and seeing her in a different like pisses me off because I tend to like her like that!)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    I'll take anything new featuring Harry Dresden. Someone is running around Chicago killing people to try and start a war between the various factions within the city. Harry must find out who it is and stop them before war breaks out. Carlos Gomez's art is really good. I can see a little of Terry Dodson or Adam Hughes influence. Received an advance copy from Dynamite and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Wee Lassie

    The story wasn't great, the art wasn't good at all (Marcone's eyes weren't even green) and there wasn't nearly enough John Marcone in it. I know that last thing wouldn't really be an issue for everyone - but it was an issue for me.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Scarlet Cameo

    This one is so good that i can say that was almost perfect (and pretend that the end was good) -RTC- A digital copy of this book was provided by NetGalley

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    First honestly, I do not have the trade paperback but bought the whole comic short series in single episodes. And I like that fine. I generally wait for short series to finish before I start reading them in one go. So what do you do when jim Butcher is not delivering a regular novel?- You pick up his filler comic series which are actually quite good and keep yourselves in the Dresden universe. There is trouble afoout in Dreden's Chicago as someboy tries to set up a war between the police, the Whit First honestly, I do not have the trade paperback but bought the whole comic short series in single episodes. And I like that fine. I generally wait for short series to finish before I start reading them in one go. So what do you do when jim Butcher is not delivering a regular novel?- You pick up his filler comic series which are actually quite good and keep yourselves in the Dresden universe. There is trouble afoout in Dreden's Chicago as someboy tries to set up a war between the police, the White court and Baron Marcone. And guess where Harry and his friends stand?- Between a rock and a hard place. This time they are up against a formidable and magical foe from the Nevernever who aims to find a new place of residence. And he is a neighbour you do not want to have. And of course at the end it is Harry who saves the day but not without Lady Fortuna. Another excellent installment in the Dresden files. Well worth your while if you enjoy this kind of thing.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Cathleen

    The story boasts many of the the best hallmarks of the prose series: it's entertaining, action-packed, clever, and populated with characters for whom we care and cheer. Fits well within the Dresden world, with only a few minor missteps, and it was fabulous to see both Murphy and Molly be integral to the action rather than relegated to female commentary on what the men were doing. What works against real success is the distractingly adolescent artwork. Hyper-sexualized characters are depicted in a The story boasts many of the the best hallmarks of the prose series: it's entertaining, action-packed, clever, and populated with characters for whom we care and cheer. Fits well within the Dresden world, with only a few minor missteps, and it was fabulous to see both Murphy and Molly be integral to the action rather than relegated to female commentary on what the men were doing. What works against real success is the distractingly adolescent artwork. Hyper-sexualized characters are depicted in awkward proportions and poses, and everyone seems stamped out of a narrowly envisioned paper doll template that makes it difficult to distinguish from each other.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    Basic Plot: A mysterious figure is starting a war between conflicting factions in Chicago, and Harry Dresden struggles to figure out how to end the madness before the city descends into all out chaos. The art is good, except for one complaint: the female characters all look way too similar. Murphy and Molly have the same facial structure and body type. Yes, Molly has her hair color and piercings, but those are dressing. It's lazy art. The story was ok, but it felt, for lack of a better term, chao Basic Plot: A mysterious figure is starting a war between conflicting factions in Chicago, and Harry Dresden struggles to figure out how to end the madness before the city descends into all out chaos. The art is good, except for one complaint: the female characters all look way too similar. Murphy and Molly have the same facial structure and body type. Yes, Molly has her hair color and piercings, but those are dressing. It's lazy art. The story was ok, but it felt, for lack of a better term, chaotic. It was drawn out longer than needed and it didn't fully engage me. Lots of anger and no real emotional connection. It was decent, but not terribly memorable.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Magda Żmijan

    There's one word that comes to my mind after reading this: FUN! Yet another Dresden graphic novel I enjoyed a lot. Although I somehow imagined Thomas differently, but I can live with that. A set of strange murders stirs unease among Chicago's strongest forces. Once again Harry has to use his magical diplomatic skills to help save everyone ;P. We all know how good diplomat he is, right? As pretty much every Dresden story this one is also entertaining, filled with action and near-death experiences. There's one word that comes to my mind after reading this: FUN! Yet another Dresden graphic novel I enjoyed a lot. Although I somehow imagined Thomas differently, but I can live with that. A set of strange murders stirs unease among Chicago's strongest forces. Once again Harry has to use his magical diplomatic skills to help save everyone ;P. We all know how good diplomat he is, right? As pretty much every Dresden story this one is also entertaining, filled with action and near-death experiences. Some magic casting, a glimpse into Murphy's past and tough negotiations (although they might've ended up surprisingly fast) will keep your attention. We'll even meet Harry's fairy godmother :). It's a good filler story when you can't wait for another Dresden novel to come out. Plus it has a nice graphic. Even if I've imagined some of the characters differently, it was still pleasant to look at and easy to follow. The ending left me staring at the screen, mouth wide open with these little comic bubbles saying things like: "what???" "seriously?" "no way!". That was not something I'd expect. I kind of liked it, but I was expecting a very different solution. Which is fun, I love when authors can surprise you like that. To sum it up, it was entertaining, filled with action, some snippets from the past and an unpredictable ending. Kind of a weird ending. I received a copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    HornFan2

    Thanks to net galley.com, Jim Butcher, Mark Powers, Diamond Book Distributors, and Dynamite Entertainment for the advance PDF copy for my review. Let me note that this one has been previously released as a 6 part serial and now getting released as a omnibus hardcover. I don't read many graphic novels, but I do like the change of pace from a traditional book and seem to like the supernatural stuff the better in this format. I've had several co-workers and friends recommend reading Jim Butcher in Thanks to net galley.com, Jim Butcher, Mark Powers, Diamond Book Distributors, and Dynamite Entertainment for the advance PDF copy for my review. Let me note that this one has been previously released as a 6 part serial and now getting released as a omnibus hardcover. I don't read many graphic novels, but I do like the change of pace from a traditional book and seem to like the supernatural stuff the better in this format. I've had several co-workers and friends recommend reading Jim Butcher in the past. So when I saw this one available as a read now on net galley, figured why not give it a try and totally enjoyed it. I found Wild Card to be a great introduction to Jim Butcher's character Harry Dresden, definitely want to read more of his Dresden Files novels and like the good verse evil theme. I liked Harry's character, also Molly Murphy, Thomas, Lara and Butters. Definitely give it a try, you might end up liking it like I did.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    3.5 stars I liked this more than the last Dresden Files graphic novel I read. Murphy was more involved in the story, and that was a definite improvement. The villain was more interesting too. I didn't picture Thomas as built like a linebacker when I read the novels, but that's a pretty minor complaint compared to my previous ones about the depiction of the female characters, especially Molly. At least Thomas was fully dressed. Guess I'll stick around and see how the next one is.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Julianna

    Reviewed for THC Reviews "4.5 stars" Wild Card is the sixth Dresden Files graphic novel. According to Jim Butcher’s website, the story is set between Small Favor and Turn Coat in the greater series story arc. In this one, we have a mysterious and powerful entity who is trying to pit Chicago’s most prominent factions against each other. He has murdered two women in an attack meant to look like it was perpetrated by White Court vampires, and when one of their own is also attacked, the cops are out Reviewed for THC Reviews "4.5 stars" Wild Card is the sixth Dresden Files graphic novel. According to Jim Butcher’s website, the story is set between Small Favor and Turn Coat in the greater series story arc. In this one, we have a mysterious and powerful entity who is trying to pit Chicago’s most prominent factions against each other. He has murdered two women in an attack meant to look like it was perpetrated by White Court vampires, and when one of their own is also attacked, the cops are out to kick some vampire butts. Then two vampires are killed, leaving their leader, Lara Wraith, believing it was John Marcone. Meanwhile one of Marcone’s lackeys is found dead, supposedly at the hands of the cops. All of this leads to a fast-brewing civil war that will tear the city apart it Harry can’t find the culprit and put a stop to it. I enjoyed the story for the way that it brings together a number of characters from the Dresden universe who must manage to put aside their differences to take on a common enemy. This is no small order for our wizard PI, Harry Dresden, who is the only one who can talk sense into the leaders of the various factions, and ultimately he’s also the one to defeat their enemy, although not in his typical flashy fashion full of things that go boom. Some of the characters are ones who’ve been a part of the series for a while, and others are new to this graphic novel format. Harry’s brother, Thomas; his good friend and CPD cop, Karrin Murphy; and his apprentice, Molly, act as his closest allies and have all been seen before in illustration. Murphy’s partner, Rawlins, and ME Butters I’m pretty sure are new to this format, making it interesting to see the artist’s concepts of them. In the frenemy camp, Marcone was seen in the previous graphic novel, Down Town, but I don’t believe that Lara Wraith has been in one of these books before and neither has Harry’s fairy godmother, Lea. Then there’s our evil villain who I can’t really say much about because giving away his identity is a huge spoiler. It made for a very well-rounded cast. I also enjoyed the couple of scenes that are written from Murphy’s POV, another first in the series. It was nice to get a little bit of insight into her past. Most of the illustrations are done by Carlos Gomez who has worked on previous Dresden Files graphic novels, although according to the credits, Sean Izaakse worked on Issue 4. Their styles match closely enough that I didn’t find the transition jarring in any way. For the most part, I liked the artwork, although I have a few minor quibbles. I’m still not a fan of the way that Thomas is portrayed. As illustrated, he’s just not that attractive to me, considering that he’s always been described as impossibly beautiful. I also thought that Murphy and Molly looked a little to much alike in their facial features. The only way I was able to tell them apart is by Molly’s colorful hair and piercings. The last thing is that I feel like the female characters are a bit over-sexualized. However, I realize that this sadly is often par for the course in comics. Otherwise, this was a well-written and nicely illustrated book, that I very much enjoyed.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Reanne

    Review crossposted from Reanne Reads. I'm a big Dresden Files fan, but the graphic novels have been hit-or-miss for me. This one was a miss. (view spoiler)[The art in this is nice, but it suffers from the same thing that many graphic novels do, which is too much focus on making everyone (most especially women) look beautiful/sexy all the time. Take, for example, these two female corpses: Note the gravity-defying breasts, unnecessary cleavage, and--I love this bit--no sign whatsoever that an autopsy Review crossposted from Reanne Reads. I'm a big Dresden Files fan, but the graphic novels have been hit-or-miss for me. This one was a miss. (view spoiler)[The art in this is nice, but it suffers from the same thing that many graphic novels do, which is too much focus on making everyone (most especially women) look beautiful/sexy all the time. Take, for example, these two female corpses: Note the gravity-defying breasts, unnecessary cleavage, and--I love this bit--no sign whatsoever that an autopsy has just been performed, despite the fact that Waldo has just explained in detail that he could find no reason for the deaths whatsoever. You know, there's usually that big ugly Y incision on the chest? See how it's not there? Maybe Butters has gained psychic powers and doesn't need to actually touch the corpses to examine them anymore? And this: Sure, that definitely looks like she's suffered all those things he's listing off. Oh wait, it doesn't. Because those things would ugly her up, and we can't have that. And I don't really think I even need to provide examples of how women are frequently scantily-clad while their male counterparts are fully-clothed. That's a comics standard, though one that I really wish would go away. The art wasn't even the main thing I had problems with, though. The story does not work for me. Too many people who should be smarter act like total dumbasses. A wild-looking supernatural guy is pitting the White Court, the cops, and Marcone against each other by attacking their people--and not one of these groups stops long enough to go, "Hey, even though on the surface this looks like an attack by so-and-so, it's a little too blatant and doesn't fit what we know of them." Which, especially considering the potential ramifications of acting against so-and-so, you'd think they'd do. And while the cops, especially those who don't know about the supernatural world, might be dumb enough not to think for half a second, the others should have. And the cops have no reason to believe the White Court is going after their people because since when do the cops even know the White Court exists? And when Karrin says the bad guy is trying to impersonate a White Court vampire ... well, let's just say he's ugly enough that his attempt is really unconvincing, which is weird considering he's a shapeshifter who can make himself look exactly like Harry. And how does Marcone not know that earlier in the night an unknown (but probably supernatural) someone killed a cop and stole his uniform and squad car? It was a huge deal that happened just earlier that night, he freaking runs the town so he should have known, and yet he immediately believes that a few shells and one witness who saw sirens means the cops definitely killed one of his guys, no question about it, let's declare war on the cops. But oh no, they can't think and act rationally about these things. They have to be blindly aggressive because not allowing themselves to be manipulated into launching war on people they definitely shouldn't (and break the Unseely Accords in the process) would be a sign of weakness. Apparently. I call BS. And continuing the topic of non-dumbass characters acting like dumbasses, Karrin's being chased by this guy, has enough time to plan where to go and call the cops out to back her up, and yet doesn't call Harry. There's a lame throwaway line about this being her fight--whatever the crap that nonsense means--but how about letting Harry know what the bad guy looks like and what you know of him? Because, you know, after you're beat into a coma by the bad guy, you won't be able to tell anyone, and the bad guy's plan will proceed exactly as if none of the good guys had any knowledge about him. *sigh* And then when I think the dumbassery is finally letting up, we get this: Do I even need to explain that one? This whole 'fae creature pits cops, vampires, and mob against each other for his own amusement and then they have to join together to fight him' is a decent idea, but in my opinion it just wasn't executed well. When I spend most of the story wanting to smack sense into these previously intelligent characters, I'm not being swept up in the danger that Harry's facing. The final ten pages (or so) of the story were fairly amusing, though not as satisfying an ending as I'd have liked. I enjoyed Butters, Molly, Thomas, and Harry, none of whom acted like dumbasses. I'd say this story is better than Ghoul Goblin, but definitely not one of the better Dresden comics. (hide spoiler)]

  17. 5 out of 5

    K

    An extra star for introducing a fun, quirky new villain. A lot of reviewers were disappointed by the ending, but not every solution is going to involve explosions. I think trying to do this story as a graphic novel meant that Butcher couldn't build up the ending like he would have liked to, to make it feel more satisfying & a bit less like random chance. We finally get to see Butters and Harry's godmother, Leanansidhe, too. Harry tries to prevent a war that's brewing between the White Court vamp An extra star for introducing a fun, quirky new villain. A lot of reviewers were disappointed by the ending, but not every solution is going to involve explosions. I think trying to do this story as a graphic novel meant that Butcher couldn't build up the ending like he would have liked to, to make it feel more satisfying & a bit less like random chance. We finally get to see Butters and Harry's godmother, Leanansidhe, too. Harry tries to prevent a war that's brewing between the White Court vampires, Johnny Marcone's mobsters, and the police force...something that would definitely tear the city of Chicago apart & result in a lot of innocent deaths. But who is orchestrating the mysterious attacks that seem to be blamed on one of the three factions? It follows Butcher's standard template: some big problem is brewing, Harry gets the stuffing pounded out of him, time is running out, but he somehow manages to pull it off and save the day. It's what we like & it keeps us coming back for more. I don't have a problem with that. What I do have a problem with is the Esher Girl illustrations. The skin tight clothing can be excused because this IS a succubus, but we really need to educate illustrators on the human form. If this doesn't look strange to you, it's because you've become used to it. Go and look at some of the work on Escher Girls where they're fighting the good fight against ridiculous T&A illustrations & sculptures. It's shocking what all is out there, and how we have become desensitized to it. If you're a fan of the Dresden Files, go ahead & pick up this graphic novel.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ije the Devourer of Books

    Another good Harry Dresden graphic novel in which Harry finds himself trying to convince three warring factions to work with him to defeat a common enemy. When two young women turn up dead with the life sucked out of them, Harry knows that this goes beyond normal everyday magic occurrences. Something or someone is unleashing horror and violence on the streets of Chicago and Harry needs to stop this. As Harry begins to investigate he realises that this is no ordinary foe. It is something very dark Another good Harry Dresden graphic novel in which Harry finds himself trying to convince three warring factions to work with him to defeat a common enemy. When two young women turn up dead with the life sucked out of them, Harry knows that this goes beyond normal everyday magic occurrences. Something or someone is unleashing horror and violence on the streets of Chicago and Harry needs to stop this. As Harry begins to investigate he realises that this is no ordinary foe. It is something very dark and powerful, and something or someone he hasn't met before. This dark foe is sowing the seeds of violence amongst the city's factions of power and Harry realises that if he doesn't bring these factions together, civilisation as we know it will come to an end and violence and magic will reign free. And so the battles begin as Harry and his reluctant allies do their best to defeat an undefeatable foe. As with other books in this series we get to see Harry using his magic and his wits to stay ahead. The artwork is good and I liked the fact that the story is easy to follow and doesn't have too much text. I did think the ending was a bit of an anti climax but it was on ok ending. It is a good paced story with lots of action from secondary characters, a murderous villain and some well drawn battles. I also enjoyed the element of suspense and the hope that Harry will prevent the villain from succeeding. A good one for all Harry Dresden fans. Copy provided via Netgalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Celeste

    I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. This is the first of the Dresden Files that I have ever read, though I have been meaning to read Storm Front for ages now. That being said this book can be read as a standalone, at least according to me. There are no spoilers about previous books (or maybe there are and I just don’t know they’re spoilers) but all the characters are introduced in a way that you know their purpose and place in the story. This was a pretty quic I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. This is the first of the Dresden Files that I have ever read, though I have been meaning to read Storm Front for ages now. That being said this book can be read as a standalone, at least according to me. There are no spoilers about previous books (or maybe there are and I just don’t know they’re spoilers) but all the characters are introduced in a way that you know their purpose and place in the story. This was a pretty quick read, the story was simple and straightforward. There is now mystery because the villain is introduced right from page one. Personally, I quite enjoyed the graphics, though I haven’t a lot of experience in reading graphic novels. Maybe this is why I thought it was weird that all the female characters were so crazily proportioned and dressed in far less than the men? I can deal though. Not bad but nothing spectacular. If you want something quick and light I recommend this. 3.5 star read for me which I’m rounding up to 4.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Glennis

    This collection of six comic issues is another new story to the Dresden universe. It falls between Small Favor and Turn Coat time wise so there are some spoilers if you are new to the series. The story was very basic and I was a bit surprised that as each faction was being played against one another they didn’t seem open to that fact very early in the scheme of things. For such a quick story almost every big gun in the area has a part in the book. How to deal with the attacks gets wrapped in the This collection of six comic issues is another new story to the Dresden universe. It falls between Small Favor and Turn Coat time wise so there are some spoilers if you are new to the series. The story was very basic and I was a bit surprised that as each faction was being played against one another they didn’t seem open to that fact very early in the scheme of things. For such a quick story almost every big gun in the area has a part in the book. How to deal with the attacks gets wrapped in the final issue a bit quickly. My only real problem with the comics is the art makes almost look much the same. Digital review copy provided by the publisher through NetGalley

  21. 4 out of 5

    Wayne McCoy

    'Jim Butcher's Dresden Files: Wild Card' by Jim Butcher with art by Mark Powers is the 6th Dresden Files graphic novel, and it might be my favorite in the series so far. This story takes place after the White Night novel. A double murder has happened, and Harry Dresden gets drawn into a case that may cause a civil war between the White Court of vampires and the city's main crime boss,Johnny Marcone. Fortunately, Harry has a sharp young apprentice in Molly Carpenter, a good frind on the police for 'Jim Butcher's Dresden Files: Wild Card' by Jim Butcher with art by Mark Powers is the 6th Dresden Files graphic novel, and it might be my favorite in the series so far. This story takes place after the White Night novel. A double murder has happened, and Harry Dresden gets drawn into a case that may cause a civil war between the White Court of vampires and the city's main crime boss,Johnny Marcone. Fortunately, Harry has a sharp young apprentice in Molly Carpenter, a good frind on the police force in Karrin Murphy, and a half-brother named Thomas who is a vampire. He will need all these resources as well as a visit to his scary fairy Godmother to sort things out. I'm a fan of the books and the graphic novels. It's great to see the characters in art, and the art here is rather good. The story holds up well, too. I've felt like sometimes the graphic novels have been a bit weak, but I liked this one a lot. I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Dynamite Entertainment, Diamond Book Distributors, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    Another nice stop-gap until Butcher publishes the next novel in the series.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Terry

    Can't wait to see how this plays out in a century.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Wayland Smith

    I read this as individual issues as it came out. It's set just after the novel White Night for those who care about continuity. The comics aren't quite as good as the actual books, but they definitely have the flavor of the world and the characters. In this one, mysterious killings all over Chicago are drawing Marcone's criminal organization closer and closer to all out war with the Raiths, the ruling family of the White Court vampires. Harry needs to prevent this disaster and solve the killings, I read this as individual issues as it came out. It's set just after the novel White Night for those who care about continuity. The comics aren't quite as good as the actual books, but they definitely have the flavor of the world and the characters. In this one, mysterious killings all over Chicago are drawing Marcone's criminal organization closer and closer to all out war with the Raiths, the ruling family of the White Court vampires. Harry needs to prevent this disaster and solve the killings, while trying not to piss of both groups. Of course, Harry is noted for his diplomacy... I think the best part of this series is that Karin Murphy gets some focus time. She's shown as the bad-ass she can be without being overshadowed by the various powered people that lurk in the Dresden-verse. I enjoyed the story, and it's a nice fill in as many of us eagerly await the next Dresden novel, rumored to be Peace Talks, and having had several release dates so far. Recommended for any Dresden fan, and people who like urban fantasy and/or mystery.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Nana Devourer of Tomes

    Spoiler ahead: Two stars is very generous. I have always mostly liked the DF comics artwork, although it doesn’t break away from the classic sexist drawing of women. Gard's skirt is like, half an inch below her vag. Two young women corpses have gravity-defying boobs and aren’t allowed to look like corpses. There’s also a woman in the hospital who has gotten a severe beating yet there’s not a single bruise on her.HOW DARE WOMEN PRESENT LIKE PEOPLE, HOW DARE THEY I TELL YOU?Also most of the dudes h Spoiler ahead: Two stars is very generous. I have always mostly liked the DF comics artwork, although it doesn’t break away from the classic sexist drawing of women. Gard's skirt is like, half an inch below her vag. Two young women corpses have gravity-defying boobs and aren’t allowed to look like corpses. There’s also a woman in the hospital who has gotten a severe beating yet there’s not a single bruise on her.HOW DARE WOMEN PRESENT LIKE PEOPLE, HOW DARE THEY I TELL YOU?Also most of the dudes have the Chris-Evans-shape.Even Harry. Keep in mind this is BEFORE he got the WK juice. I also have MAJOR issues with the colorist. Like, dude, you can obviously color a black leather jacket. WHY IS THE DUSTER BROWN?!More things that are brown that shouldn’t: Thomas’s eyes, Lea’s hair. My theory is that this colorist just ADORES brown so everything must get turned to it. Fuckin A.And I have several more problems with this comic.There were continuity issues, like mentioning the Gates in Dresden's presence in something set before Cold Days and he doesn't even question it. I'm also annoyed that the villain reveals he's the puck in the end of issue 4 (out of 6) and the whole comic book series was marketed as a "story about Puck" soooo thanks for the spoilers -_-Also, Dresden, just be in the presence of a hot woman once without mentioning how excited you are ffs.Spoiler: The two stars I gave this were both for Lea. (hey if Dresden is gonna do it I might as well) The story was both badly/hastily written and anticlimactic.LikeThey're fighting a fae and laying down a chain. One would think the chain would be iron. but nope. the baddie is just tralalaing with it -_-And  riddle me this: how fuckin stupid must one be to shoot in a circle formation Also: Gotta love fat-shaming insults. LOVE them <_< But, hey, it’s okay because it’s the bad guy saying it! (no it’s not okay) I must admit, I love Thomas, though. Slouched in an armchair among carnage. That was beautiful. (ok maybe Thomas can have half of Lea’s stars)

  26. 4 out of 5

    Maxine

    In the graphic novel Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files: Wild card, Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only wizard-for-hire, is facing one of his most dangerous adversaries, one who has managed to set many groups who have been coexisting, if not happily at least peacefully together, at each other’s throats. Dresden will need to convince them all first that this new entity actually exists and that they must work together to defeat him. The action in this latest graphic novel written by author Jim Butcher and beaut In the graphic novel Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files: Wild card, Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only wizard-for-hire, is facing one of his most dangerous adversaries, one who has managed to set many groups who have been coexisting, if not happily at least peacefully together, at each other’s throats. Dresden will need to convince them all first that this new entity actually exists and that they must work together to defeat him. The action in this latest graphic novel written by author Jim Butcher and beautifully drawn by artist Carlos Gomez is set after the novel White Night and the graphic novel Down Town. If you haven’t read either, it isn’t absolutely necessary to do so because it works fairly well as a standalone. However, if you’re a fan of urban fantasy, you really should because they give you the back stories of the many characters and all of the many and differing relationships and, more importantly, they are both terrific reads. This latest Dresden Files graphic novel is released by Dynamite Entertainment. It collects together the original six-part story arc and it is one fun fast read. There’s plenty of action, Puck is one hell of an adversary worthy of Dresden and the gang, and the artwork is bang on. It does end on a cliffhanger and I will admit I was a bit disappointed but that’s only because the rest of the story was so unremittingly exciting and now I have to wait to see how it all turns out. But that’s okay because it gives me something to look forward to in my favourite urban fantasy. Thanks to Netgalley and Dynamite for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Good art except that I don’t care for the typical pin-up-girl stuff, which of course is overt with Lara and her sisters, and then there’s Gard’s ridiculously short, tight skirt. There’s a continuity error, as well: when Murphy’s in the hospital at first, she looks perfect, just unconscious. In the next section, she has a bandage wrapped around her head and (good detail) various scrapes/bruises. I enjoyed the flashbacks of Murphy’s childhood. Her dad’s very important to her. Molly’s sections are a Good art except that I don’t care for the typical pin-up-girl stuff, which of course is overt with Lara and her sisters, and then there’s Gard’s ridiculously short, tight skirt. There’s a continuity error, as well: when Murphy’s in the hospital at first, she looks perfect, just unconscious. In the next section, she has a bandage wrapped around her head and (good detail) various scrapes/bruises. I enjoyed the flashbacks of Murphy’s childhood. Her dad’s very important to her. Molly’s sections are also very good. And I always like when Harry and Thomas are hanging out together—them getting chased by a giant, supernatural owl was extra cool. I know it’s a graphic novel, but I was unclear on the scope of Puck’s powers. There could’ve been a way to get more information in there, especially since Harry goes to the trouble of summoning Lea. It was very cool to see Lea. She was well-depicted, including the catlike eyes (which I tend to forget about and have had trouble picturing), and the serious fey attitude. Harry came across as in-over-his-head more than usual, and I thought the way he ultimately dealt (pun intended) with Puck seemed much too reckless. This one just didn’t please me as much as most Dresden stories do.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    This was honestly just OK. It had some fun moments, and some cool ideas, but the overall just didn't quite gel. In general, the status of things just wasn't really established property. The bad guy went from first encounter (which Harry & company survived without any more difficulty than a dozen of other encounters he's had over the years) to "OMG HUUUUUGE THREAT" in a way that left me just kind of going "Okay." Show, don't tell, in other words. And the various faction rivalries came completely ou This was honestly just OK. It had some fun moments, and some cool ideas, but the overall just didn't quite gel. In general, the status of things just wasn't really established property. The bad guy went from first encounter (which Harry & company survived without any more difficulty than a dozen of other encounters he's had over the years) to "OMG HUUUUUGE THREAT" in a way that left me just kind of going "Okay." Show, don't tell, in other words. And the various faction rivalries came completely out of left field for me. I never particularly felt that Marcone and the White Court had any beef with each other, and they Chicago police aren't nearly clued into the supernatural enough to have a rivalry with the White Court. It just didn't really work. But the bad guy was cool, and it was still fun, with a wonderfully Harry Dresden ending.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Alan

    I think an argument can be made that reading the comic Dresden stories are really for completists, and yep I am one of those people guilty as charged. To my knowledge these stories are Canon, and I'm using them to fill the gap until the next novel. This story falls relatively early in Dresden career. Murphy is still partnered with Rawlins as an example if you want an idea as to the timeline, and Harry has met his half-brother Thomas. Along with longtime recurring character John Marcone, all figure I think an argument can be made that reading the comic Dresden stories are really for completists, and yep I am one of those people guilty as charged. To my knowledge these stories are Canon, and I'm using them to fill the gap until the next novel. This story falls relatively early in Dresden career. Murphy is still partnered with Rawlins as an example if you want an idea as to the timeline, and Harry has met his half-brother Thomas. Along with longtime recurring character John Marcone, all figure into a plot that can be easily summed up. Who is planting evidence that is putting the police, the mob, and the White Court vampires against each other? Saying more I think goes too close tonspoiler.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    Jim Butcher, Mark Powers, and Carlos Gomez have done it again! What begins as a double murder with no cause of death quickly escalates into all-out war between the White Court, Baron John Marcone, and the CPD, with poor Harry caught in the middle. It will take everything he has to out the real culprit before his city devolves into chaos. An exciting new outing in The Dresden Files that had my attention through the very last page.

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