Dresden Files: Dog Men #1

Writer: Jim Butcher, Mark Powers
Art: Diego Galindo

Jim Butcher’s worldwide bestselling Dresden Files saga continues in this original limited series!

Harry Dresden is a man on the edge-and that is something that can be dangerous to friend and foe alike. He’s been drafted by a senior member of the White Council of Wizards to investigate a series of murders in rural Mississippi. As always, there’s more afoot than is immediately apparent. The question is, will Harry’s state of mind keep him from seeing it, and will his actions lead him into direct conflict with the wizard who’s depending on his help?

I’ve never read the Dresden Files novels, watched the TV Show or read any of the comic adaptations.  I have nothing against the character or stories (because I’ve never experienced them), just with the billions of entertainment options nowadays I haven’t had a chance to check them out.

I mention this because I like to always use that old comic phrase “Every comic is someone’s first,” and in this case this was first introduction to Dresden Files.  Sadly to say this book didn’t really do much to help explain about the back story or worse make be care about the character and his story.  Sure things are mentioned, like with this huge dream sequence in the beginning, but without any context it’s just a bunch of random stuff.  Basically this is written for fans who are already familiar with Dresden Files.

On the story itself it seems to be a police procedural with a magical bent to it (and I think people are more aware of magic in this setting).  The ending was odd because after Harry Dresden is talking to a cop, while going over a crime scene, there is some surprise when two more men in uniform show up in the last panel.  If there was supposed to be some special significance to these two men, the comic doesn’t really tell you.  Best I can guess is these two cops are a part of the greater lore of the Dresden Universe.

The art is good and works well with character facial expressions because there is a lot of talking back and forth.  The pencil to colors work well this time and I am quite happy with the results.

I give this book a 1 out 5 mainly because as someone who has never dealt with the Dresden Files I have no idea what is going on and don’t care by the end of the book.  Maybe Dresden Fans would find it more enjoyable but as a standalone comic it fails to help bring in new readers into the story.  The art and writing is fine but they made a book that seems to cater to only a certain reader.

If you want to learn more about this comic go to – Dynamite

Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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