‘Dresden Files: War Cry Vol. 1’ review
By Brittney MacDonald, Staff Writer
Jim Butcher’s popular urban fantasy series The Dresden Files gets a fabulous new graphic novel makeover in The Dresden Files: War Cry. Combining the exciting world building and character development of Butcher with the dynamic beauty of illustrations by Carlos Gomez and Mohan makes for the perfect literary-novel-to-graphic-novel transition. What more could a reader ask for—except maybe something a little bit longer.
A war between the Red Court of vampires and the White Council of wizards has left the wizards desperate to pad out their diminishing ranks. This leads them to seek the help of previous outcast Harry Dresden, a wizard-for-hire living in Chicago. His first mission? Lead a group of inexperienced young recruits into an isolated town to save a small group of mortals from the Red Court’s forces.
For any fan of the urban fantasy genre, Butcher is definitely someone to look out for. His storytelling skills have left countless readers addicted to his many works. That charm certainly isn’t lost in translation in War Cry. Though not as detailed in its world building as Butcher’s extensive literary series, War Cry manages to retain everything important to the narrative so newcomers to The Dresden Files won’t be confused.
With a bold, clear aesthetic, Gomez and Mohan work together perfectly to provide a bright and modern approach to the novel’s art that compliments the War Cry’s imaginative story.
My only complaint is that War Cry was far too short. At just 34 pages, it is one of the shortest graphic novels I have read this year.
War Cry is a read I’d recommend to anyone, especially if they have limited free time.