“To say I loved this book would be such an understatement. It's a great, intensely fun, quick read that satisfied my Dresden Files itch in a year during which I'm not sure we'll get a new novel in the series.” - Kirkus
war is raging between the vampire forces of the Red Court and the White Council
- a war that the wizards are losing. So desperate are the Council that they've dragooned the experienced and the outcast to reinforce their thinning ranks of
Wardens. One of these draftees is one Harry Dresden, Chicago's only wizard-for-hire and a guy who's long been looked upon with suspicion by the supernatural authorities. Now, he's one of them, and his first big mission as a
Warden is a doozy: take a small team of greenhorns to a frigid town in the middle of nowhere to rescue a handful of mortals who've been targeted by the Red
Court. The question is, why exactly are these particular mortals so crucial to the outcome of the war? The answer will come only if Harry can keep them, and his team, alive for one very long night.
This graphic novel collects the critically acclaimed, five-issue series in one volume, and features a bonus section with
Jim Butcher's original story outline, sketchbook artwork from Carlos Gomez,
cover gallery with roughs from Stjepan Sejic, and more!
Creator Commentary from Jim
Butcher: "The greatest frustration about writing the Dresden Files is all the stories I come up with that are too small or too straightforward to write into a novel. One of the great pleasures I've had as a writer is getting the opportunity to tell some of those stories in a short-story format, and in graphic novels like this one! War Cry is one of the stories I always wanted to tell but never got the chance to in the context of the novels, and I'm extremely pleased with how well it's coming out."
|Product dimensions:||6.60(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.60(d)|
|Age Range:||16 Years|
About the Author
Jim Butcher is a full-time writer who lives in Independence, Missouri, with his wife, son, and ferocious guard dog.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I think of the three Dresden Files original graphic novels so far, this is my favorite. It fills in a bit of Harry's history (and the history of the war with the Red Council), reminds us of how egotistical Ramirez was when Butcher first introduced him, and also gives an expanded role to the Venatori Obrorum, a human organization that provides informational support (but not usually firepower) to the White Council. Butcher is never shy about his literary influences, but he also goes Full Lovecraft in this story and clearly enjoyed every minute of it. Naturally, with this being a hardback collection of what was originally a monthly comics series, there's a bit of repetitive exposition at the beginning of each chapter. That's easily overlooked, though, and beyond that the story (developed by Butcher and I believe scripted by Powers) has the usual Dresden flow: an initial problem/mystery that turns out to be deeper and more involved than the characters initially believe; a twist or two and a calling into question of character loyalties; Harry's overly-chivalrous nature called out and utilized by the bad-guys to their advantage; and several wonderfully-paced fight scenes in which Harry and a number of other characters kick butt. The art by Carlos Gomez really fits the story, even when it veers into slightly exagerated cartoonishness. Those moments are not frequent (and mostly deal with the aforementioned Shoggoth, which are notoriously hard to draw), and I enjoyed the look at a much younger Harry, Ramirez and others. Sadly, there's really not much to be seen of the (by this point in the series well-developed and expansive) supporting cast since the story takes place outside of Chicago. The story takes place four months after the events of the Dresden Files novel Dead Beat, but if you're new to the series and reading things in order, I'd suggest not reading War Cry right after Dead Beat. Most of the graphic novel will not spoil anything for the post-Dead Beat novels, except for the very last page. But that last page spoiler is HUGE if you haven't already read through at least the novel Turn Coat. Be warned.
Best of the Dresden Files Graphic Novel Series.
War Cries takes place after the infamously exciting and fun book #7, Dead Beat in the Dresden Files series. These graphic novels may be short stories with little dialogue but they are just as fun and exciting as the novels. They can be read as stand alone stories without reading the novels but I don't think they will have the same impact without knowing the background of the Dresden story and characters. For those who do not have the patience to read a whole novel and for fans of Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files, I highly recommend War Cries and the previous 2 graphic novel short stories, Welcome to the Jungle and Ghoul Goblins.