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Jim Butcher's the Dresden files : welcome to the jungle
Other title(s):
Dresden files

Welcome to the jungle
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Del Rey/Ballantine Books, [2008]
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm.
Series title(s):
Harry Dresden, the only professional wizard listed in the Chicago phone book, returns to take on new supernatural villains out to turn the world upside down, in an original graphic novel adventure based on the best-selling fantasy series.
Reading Level:
16-19. Brodart.

Adult. Brodart.
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GRAPHIC Butcher, J.

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"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."

Author Notes

Jim Butcher was born in Independence, Missouri on October 26, 1971. He is the author of The Dresden Files series, the Codex Alera series, Side Jobs, Ghost Story, and the Cinder Spires series. He has also written a Spider-Man novel entitled The Darkest Hours and a novelette entitled Backup. He has contributed to numerous anthologies including My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding, Blood Lite, and Many Bloody Returns.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Booklist Review

To launch a series of comics adaptations of Butcher's novels featuring occult detective Harry Dresden, the publisher had him write an all-new story, and here it is, very well conceived visually and drawn to a conventional comics T by Ardian Syaf. While on night duty at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo, a security guard is murdered about as gruesomely as possible, so gruesomely that CPD's Special Investigations unit head calls in Harry. Then she promptly demands he roust out the culprit because the mayor's pressing to sacrifice a gorilla and brush the evidence under the carpet ASAP. Although he likes to look harried, Dresden soon enough does the trick, but the fiend responsible, while possessing an exterior treasonably easy on the eye, is way more powerful and dangerous than your average evil spirit. What's more, Harry's dragged a comely young grad student into his wake, and the fiend intends to put her in jeopardy to distract Harry. With plenty of explosive supernatural pyrotechnics, possessed big cats, and hideous transformations, a fun romp.--Olson, Ray Copyright 2008 Booklist