Dresden is taking time out from the Red Court Vampire war to help Murphy with a really strange case. Harry is at a very rare loss for explanation as to what the creature is behind this ugly death. He brings Bob along to check out the scene. The Harry/Bob scenes are always entertaining. Harry doesn’t know what’s going on, and makes another of those dangerous deals with Bob to get more information. Bob brings Harry to an unexpected source of information.
Elsewhere, different aspects of the case affect some of the rest of the cast. Karin is acting with too little information, but this time it’s not Harry’s fault. Marcone is involved in some way, apparently running some mystic version of the protection racket. Molly is actually trying to be good and pursue her studies for once, but has something of a training accident. Molly gets left in a nasty cliffhanger, and Harry has to once again venture into the darkness of Undertown.
Plot: I am an unabashed Dresden fanboy. This has the feel of the books, and it’s an engaging and layered mystery which has me curious. I’ll give this a 4 out of 5 for plot.
Art: There are some weird things going on with the art. Bob looks nothing at all like I pictured him. I don’t recall him being described that way in the books. All, Miss Nord in one scene seems to have legs that look like they came off someone MUCH bigger than she is. I’ll give the art a low 3 out of 5.
Positives: Harry and Bob are great. I always like seeing Molly. She’s drawn really nicely and feels really right for being early in her training. Karin doesn’t get much time, but is done well. And I’m really curious as to what Marcone is up to.
Negatives: Molly’s peril near the end is partially of her own doing, and makes her seem a bit foolish. I’m hoping for a hell of a payoff for something that seems to have Harry, Bob, and Marcone puzzled.
I’m a huge Dresden Files and Jim Butcher fan, and this was a lot of fun.
Dresden Files: Down Town 2
Writer: Jim Butcher and Mark Powers
Artist: Carlos Gomez
Letterer: Bill Tortolini
Cover: Stjepan Sejic