Title: Fool Moon, Volume 2
Series: Dresden Files Graphic Novels
Authors: Jim Butcher, Mark Powers and Chase Conley
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
Version Read: ebook ARC
Publication Date: March 12th, 2013
Categories: graphic novel, werewolves, magic, wizards, fiction, fantasy
Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher via Netgalley. This in no way reflects my feelings towards the book or the book’s review.
Summary (Goodreads): Harry Dresden is a private investigator whose clients require a detective with supernatural expertise – in other words, he’s a wizard for hire. The Windy City has been hit with an outbreak of savage werewolf attacks – a case made even more chaotic and challenging by the fact that Harry’s uncovered no less than three lycanthropic groups, each seemingly in conflict with one another. On top of that, Harry’s lost the faith of his one friend and ally among the Chicago Police Department, Karrin Murphy. Now she, along with werewolves and hostile FBI Agents, hunts Harry while he races against the rise of the next full moon to discover who – or what – is behind the string of murders!
I have read all the novels in the Dresden Files series, and was intrigued as to how they would translate to the graphic novel format. Fortunatley the process was fairly well done. As the text is written by Jim Butcher, all the important parts of the story are kept. The fans of the novels won’t be disappointed that small crucial plot moments have been left out by someone who is not as initmately involved in the novels as the author.
Being that it was an electronic ARC the quality of the illustrations was not as good as I think it would be in paperback format. But I did have some issues. I get that this half of the novel was set in the nighttime, but some of the shadowing was overdone, in my opinion as it obscured the faces of some of the characters when they didn’t need to be obscured. Yes, hiding in the shadows your face is all obscured. Standing out under the light of a full moon, not so much really. Sometimes they felt too cartoonish as well. Yes, I have read graphic novels before, I get that they are structured/drawn in a similar fashion to comic books, but maybe I’m just too picky.
I enjoyed the extras at the end of the novel that show how Jim Butcher’s writings were turned into a ‘script’ for the graphic novels, and then the sketches for those pages. That was very interesting. In terms of the storyline, there is a big tick in that category. I hope I get a chance to read this in paperback format as I think I would enjoy it a lot more.