One of the reasons I really love the Dresden Files is Jim Butcher’s characters. The idea behind the series is great– magic and mythological creatures in modern Chicago– but the characters really make it fly. I’m a huge fan of the title character, the wizard Harry Dresden. In this mini, a few of his supporting cast get a fair amount of screen time, and I like the choices- Harry’s apprentice, Molly Carpenter, the gangster who’s far too smart for everyone’s good, John Marcone, and Mouse the Fu Dog.
This is the conclusion to the miniseries, as Harry, Molly, John, and Mouse face off against a now out of control golem. Harry defeated its master last issue, but the golem was ordered to go destroy a hospital before Harry got him, and it apparently intends to still do just that. They’ve also found Halligan, a man the sorcerer infected with a serious, magically based disease, to try and make him a living bio-weapon.
So Harry has to beat the rampaging golem, not let anyone get infected by Halligan, and stop Marcone from solving the problem in his own, utterly ruthless, way. Plus, of course, Harry is almost out of energy after the major fight with the sorcerer last issue. One thing you can say for Mr. Dresden, he never does seem to catch a break. The wrap up is nicely handled, and the team will fight another day.
Plot: It’s cleverly written, and the conclusion works out well, drawing on all the characters’ strengths. I’ll give it a high 3.5 out of 5 for plot.
Art: None of the characters quite match what I have in my head from the novels, but that’s not something I could realistically expect. The characters all look good, as do the fights and the displays of power. I’ll give it a 3.5 out of 5 for the art.
Positives: Pretty much all of it. The characterizations are great, the action is good, the solutions are nicely handled. There is tension among the characters, but they all remain true to themselves. And it’s more canon action in the Dresden-verse.
Negatives: The only one that I can think of is that it’s the last issue, so we have to wait until the next series. Dynamite and Butcher have been doing them fairly often, so I’m hoping it won’t be a long one. I’m also mildly curious how everyone got all messy at the big final fight except Mouse, but that’s a really minor thing.
It’s another great Dresden story. I’ve loved the novels, and enjoyed the comics. This is a good addition to the canon of the world.
Dresden Files: Down Town 6
Writer: Jim Butcher & Mark Powers
Artist: Carlos Gomez
Letterer: Bill Tortolini
Cover: Carlos Gomez and Mohan