Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files: Dog Men #1 ComicWow! Review

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Harry Dresden is a wizard for hire. He puts his life on the line to protect his city of Chicago, until a slew of brutal attacks in Mississippi make him leave his city vulnerable. While investigating a recent attack, Harry and his colleague, Listens-to-Wind, discover something harrowing. With signs of supernatural violence, they’ve determined that the beasts responsible for the attacks are dog men, not werewolf shapeshifters, but a species all their own…

The Dresden Files is a series if mystery/fantasy novels by Jim Butcher. The series started in 2000 with the first novel, Storm Front. They’re written in first person from the perspective of the protagonist, PI, and wizard, Harry Dresden. The comic books are no exception, with caption boxes written the same way from the same perspective. These caption boxes move the narrative forward while giving us a look at what Harry himself is thinking in every given situation. The issue is a little text-heavy, but it’s all information that we need to understand the story and characters better.

This is a really interesting story in the sense that it presents something new, which isn’t easy to do. “Dog men” resemble werewolves, sure, but I’m curious as to what makes them different. So far, all we know is that they’re not shapeshifters. But what abilities might they have that werewolves don’t? I’m hyped to learn more about these creatures and see what kind of damage they can do/how they can possibly be defeated.

Galindo’s illustrations are perfect for the script. His characters show a lot of emotion, especially Harry in the opening dream sequence. The line work is clean and shows a definite attention to detail. We can clearly see facial hair, laugh/frown lines, wrinkles, etc. There is a slight animated quality to the artwork, but it’s realistic enough to get the tone of the story across really well. The realistic colors do a lot to aid in that aspect.

This is a great start to what I imagine will be an engrossing story. For anyone into the supernatural and/or crime, this series is definitely for you!

Written by: Mark Powers

Illustrated by: Diego Galindo