Review: Dresden Files: Welcome to the Jungle #1


In today’s popular media, the mainstreaming of geek culture has made the world more wondrous and open-minded. For a time, JK Rowling’s name and books captured the world’s imagination. Never has a series of books in my time been celebrated more than these epic tomes that Rowling produced at a rapid pace. So, when the Harry Potter books ended, the world came to a collective hush momentarily.

She eventually continued her work in this world by taking it stateside when she wrote Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. It took the world she introduced in Harry Potter and put in an urban setting, leading many to believe this had been the first-time audiences got to see wizards in a city landscape. But as most avid urban fantasy readers like myself have known, writers like Jim Butcher have been putting wizards in this world for years and much better than Rowling could ever do. In the first issue of the graphic adaptation of Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files: Welcome To The Jungle, we find our protagonist in the midst of a city on the edge and magic is the reason for all the chaos.

We’re taken to the Chicago Zoo, where a murder under bizarre circumstances, has the police on high alert because of who the victim is connected to. As we meet Harry Dresden, an outcast wizard who’s also a private detective and has a penchant for finding the supernatural sources of his client’s aggrievements. Before long, Harry is called to the crime scene, one where we see the Chicago PD has both its skeptics and believers when it comes to magic,  and it just so happens, his biggest champion is Lt Murphy, who has seen firsthand what Harry’s abilities can yield. Harry begins his investigation, where he sees that many things about this case is very odd and reminds him of a previous battle he had with a once close confidant. By issue’s end, whatever black magic has powers over the animals at the zoo come for Harry.

Overall, an excellent debut issue of this smoldering detective whose keen ability to discern is what makes him both brilliant and powerful. The story by Butcher is action-packed, smart, and penetrative. The art by Adrian Syaf is simply breathtaking. Altogether, a story that proves that urban fantasy has always been in good hands, especially with Butcher’s deft touch.

Story: Jim Butcher Art: Adrian Syaf
Story: 10 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.3 Recommendation: Buy