Molly gets the cover and first few pages of this issue as she deals with the nasty cliffhanger from last time. With a little help from Mister and Mouse, she wins, and manages to provide a clue for Harry about what the monster is that’s been running around. There are a few scenes in the middle with whoever the big bad guy is, and Karin showing why she’s such a good ally for Harry.
Unfortunately, Karin isn’t the only one with no powers who is really good at what she does. Just as Harry, Molly, and Mouse trace the monster to it’s hiding place, they get a surprise. Marcone isn’t taking the attacks on his magical protection racket sitting down, and he’s handling it his way. The issue ends with Harry and company in a not really good position.
Plot: I like the progression of the story. Harry is piecing it together well, and the rest of the cast are doing their own thing and not just waiting for Harry. I think that’s good storytelling. I’ll give the plot a 3.5 out of 5.
Art: Gomez is doing a good job with the characters, and the different effects from their powers. I admit Molly isn’t quite how I pictured her, but she looks good. I’ll give the art a 3.5 out of 5.
Positives: The characters are all true to themselves. The plot is evolving well. Karin and Marcone show that “normals” can be dangerous.
Negatives: Not many. It’s a fun story and really has the Dresden feel.
I’m enjoying this series and looking forward to seeing how this particular mess gets resolved.
Dresden Files: Down Town #3
Writer: Jim Butcher and Mark Powers
Artist: Carlos Gomez
Letterer: Bill Tortolini
Cover: Stjepan Sejic