As if the golem running amok in Chicago wasn’t enough of a problem for Harry and Molly, to say nothing of its master, now Marcone is getting involved. For a mortal with no powers or training, Marcone knows far too much and is far too clever for anyone’s good, especially Harry’s or his own. He also knows Harry, thanks to the Soulgaze in Storm Front, well enough to know that Harry will protect Marcone, no matter what Harry happens to think of him personally.
The somewhat unlikely team of Harry, Molly, Mouse, and Marcone, separated from Marcone’s thugs, push ahead through the tunnels. They still have to come up with a way to defeat the golem, and they haven’t even seen the master yet. Things are going to get interesting next issue.
Plot: The story has the feel of the Dresden Files, but what would you expect, since Butcher is one of the writers? It moves along well here, and the twist and complications are going to keep making life hard for Harry and Molly. I’ll give the plot a 3.5 out of 5.
Art: Carlos Gomez brings Harry and company to life nicely. His take on Molly is not what I pictured when I read the books, but it works. I like how he draws her, and the various magic effects. I’ll give the art, too, a 3.5 out of 5.
Positives: The characterizations are right on target. Harry makes things harder on himself than he needs to because of his determination to do the right thing. I love that Mouse is a part of this adventure.
Negatives: The story feels like it’s moving a bit slowly, but that may be me looking forward to the next part so much.
I am a huge Dresden fan, and this is another great addition to the canon. I’m already looking forward to the next issue.
Dresden Files: Downtown #4
Writer: Jim Butcher & Mark Powers
Artist: Carlos Gomez
Letterer: Bill Tortolini
Cover: Stjepan Sejic