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Jim Butcher's Dresden Files: Fool Moon. Volume 1 (The Dresden Files Graphic Novels)

4.22 of 5 stars 4.22  ·  rating details  ·  925 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Harry Dresden's life is a mess. His top client (and close friend), Lt. Karrin Murphy, no longer trusts him. Chicago's underworld and the cops alike think he's mobster Johnny Marcone's supernatural enforcer. And the enigmatic White Council continues to view him with suspicion. If all that weren't enough, a pack of werewolves have unleashed a wave of terror on the Windy City ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published November 22nd 2011 by Dynamite Entertainment (first published October 19th 2011)
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I really wanted to like this book, but 3 stars is probably generous. There is nothing wrong with the story, as it's basically a pretty accurate retelling of the novel (as far as I can recall, it's been a while since I read it). The problem is that I didn't really like the art. I felt it was too cartoony when it needed to be much more grounded in reality (ironic, I know, for a book dealing with wizards and werewolves). Also, what worked in the book didn't work so well here, namely the fact that t ...more
Caroline The HEA Lover
(this review was originally published on Book lovers Inc)

I really love Harry Dresden, I do (understatement of the year). I've read all the books in this series and there's just ONE book I disliked and it was Fool Moon. I didn't hate it obviously since I kept reading but the more I thought about it the more annoyed at it I got. I ended up telling everyone to "please keep reading because the series got better after that one". When my fellow Book Lover Jackie read it she didn't dislike it as much a
Got it to Christmas and was really exited. Somehow I hadn't noticed that the Illustrator wasn't the same anymore...

Now, to be clear, Chase Conley is not BAD. But Ardian Syaf was better.

The biggest differences in the style are
a) Shadows
b) Faces
c) The women

Let me begin with the shadows: They are a nice additional style element and considering that this book is darker, because it plays out mainly at the night I can't fault Conley for using them.

About the faces: Here I can't help but be critical. I
This trade paperback covered the first four issues of the Fool Moon graphic novel Dresden Files story arc. The writing was well done, but the illustration wasn’t as good as in previous installments.

In this installment Harry ends up investigating a series of murders that appear to be caused by werewolves. He is still on the outs with Murphy and can’t seem to get a date with Susan that doesn’t involve her pumping him for news stories. On top of everything else it looks like Johnny Marcone, Chicago
I have always thought that Jim Butcher's Dresden Files have all the qualities to make great graphic novels - quirky, slightly over-the-top and often reluctant hero, snappy dialogue and lots of action. I'm not sure that, here, it worked as well as I expected. Oh, the elements are all here - you can't beat Harry Dresden, Chicago's only wizard-for-hire as a quirky, over the-the-top hero, the dialogue is the snappiest (and, in this, I think it actually outshines the novel), and the action is non-sto ...more
In the last Novel in this series, Harry Dresden tangled with a dangerous magical mad man. In this novel, it's werewolves. Not the cute and, cuddly Jacob Black types, well maybe some are, but, no. We see three different types of these beasts. Alphas, people whom can change into one form in this case wolves via a spell, Lyconthropes, orc like wolves whom do not feel pain or, fear these are people whom need an object in order to turn, and then we have the lugaroux. The terminator of all werewolves ...more
Andy Shuping
Harry Dresden’s life is a bit chaotic at the moment. His best friend and top client, Lt. Karrin Murphy isn’t speaking to him at the moment after events of Storm Front. And a lot of people think he’s working for mobster Johnny Marcone. And to top it all off a pack of werewolves has apparently descended into his city. What’s a wizard to do? Harry pulls it together, attempts to help Murphy out and protect the city. But before all is said and done, Harry’s life and that of his friends is in serious ...more
Sharon Tyler
Jim Butcher's Dresden Files: Fool Moon Volume One by Mark Powers and Chase Conley is the graphic novel that expands upon Fool Moon, the second novel in the Dresden Files series. This volume collects the first four issues of the eight issue series. The visual platform here clears away any of the negatives readers might have found in the original novel format of Fool Moon, which was full of categorizing, details, and history of different kinds of werewolves. The graphic novel Fool Moon Volume One ...more
This is the best of the Dresden Files graphic novels so far, I think. The artist has changed yet again. I like him better than the original guy; he really captures the gangliness of Harry's figure, and he's not bad with the facial expressions. I also think his Susan looks much more like I imagined her to appear.

My biggest gripe with the adaptation is the scene in the warehouse with the lycanthropes is underdone. In the novel, that scene is one of the most terrifying situations Harry has been in
Ryk Stanton
Probably my favorite book of the Dresden series, and well-crafted artistically. There were a few scenes that were a little confusing visually and that keeps me from a 5, but if there were half-stars I'd be at a solid 4.5.

I'd like to see more of the novels retold in graphic novel form. For some reason we are getting new, non-novel comic books; I'd prefer more faithful-to-the-canon reworkings.
While I really enjoyed seeing the Dresden Files in graphic novel format, I was disappointed with the illustrative depictions of Harry and Karrin. First, Harry is supposed to be wearing a BLACK duster, not a brown one. Second, he doesn't EVER wear a suit. He's a jeans and t-shirt kind of guy. Third, Karrin has blonde ringlets and is a bit stocky, not "skinny." Those details are important - they bring the character to life on paper and should be honored in other adaptations. Granted, these details ...more
Finally!! Well, I have been using this book as my "going out for coffee" book so it took a while to get through. Also, it has more the 128 pages so that needs fixing on this site.

Pretty good Dresden book. I think this is the 2nd one I've read of Jim Butcher. I loved the TV series and could almost hear Paul Blackthorne talking as I read. It's written in first person as I think all Dresden Files books are.

There have been a spate of killings by what looks like wild dogs in Chicago and Dresden is a
I reviewed both volumes together over on my own blog, Confessions Of A Bibliomaniac. Bottom line: I wasn't a fan of the art on this one.
Sara Thompson
If you followed any of the Dresden Files formats from the books to the tv show, then the graphic novels are a perfect addition. I love these books. The only complaint I have is they are not long enough. This particular volume is equal to four issues.
Fool Moon starts with a series of deaths that occur during the full moon. Dresden suspects a werewolf but he doesn’t know that much about them. The killer might be a werewolf but Dresden’s going to discover that there are many types and he has no ide
I was one of those who was sad to see the Dresden files show fail, which probably has shut the door on any type of television or movie iteration. With these comics though, one finally gets to see how these books would play out in a visual format.
Milo Haney
Good translation

I have read all the books and watch some of the tv series. The tv show was a horrible translation. This corrects the sins of the TV show.
Sarah Maddaford
I honestly don't remember where this comic cut off in relation to the book. It followed along fairly faithfully as far as I remember, which means that there was blood and violence, but no real sex or language (there may have been a nude body or two...). Harry curses this early in the series, but it isn't until later that the f-bomb starts to drop. The violence is more graphic because of the format, but it isn't really anything I would hesitate to give a teen at least in this first half if I'm re ...more
Bob Meracle
Excellent Graphic novel edition of Jim Butcher's Fool Moon. Great artwork, too. Highly recommended.
Apr 25, 2014 Wickedshizuku rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Paranormal fans, Sci-fi fans, UF fans, Horror fans, High Fantasy fans
Recommended to Wickedshizuku by: Dresden Files
Shelves: 2014, paranormal, reviewed
Usually I'm not a big fan of books being converted into movies or comics. This is one of the reasons why. Mostly this comic book was word for word to it's counter part. If it couldn't word it properly, it made up with it with the illustrations. Compared to the first comics these weren't done nearly as well.

Note: rating is for Issues 1-4, not just for the first issue.
Nice adaptation of the novel.
This is the first Dresden file graphic novel I read, thankfully it follows the book storyline closely (I've never understood why sometimes a change in medium results in a change in plot, usually for the worse) Even with the usual problem of a graphic novel version of a favourite book (where the drawings of your favourite characters aren't necessary how you imagined them in your mind.) and the fact that a few of the secondary characters seem to be proportioned wrong (most noticeably Kim) it was a ...more
Gautam Surath
While the overall imagery remains a lot is lost in the shrinking of the book to a graphic novel. This is certainly the case for Fool Moon. The pack is not given the time they deserve and are some of the central characters to Dresden's overall universe. However, we do get a fair history of they types of werewolves and the story is still as gripping as ever. Lets see if the ending is as good as I remember it to be. Vol.2 awaits!
I guess Dresden Files has finally grown on me. I'm not sure I would have appreciated this story nearly as much if I had read it first. But reading it now, it's like visiting with an old friend. It is a pretty direct interpretation of the book it is based on. But a good one. And they have managed to capture how tall Dresden is at least some of the time. And we get to see a whole bunch more of the cast. Our first look at the werewolves as humans is actually pretty good.
I read these in the individual comic book issues format, rather than the GNs (which just have some bonus materials)...but this was a very excellent adaption of the second book in Jim Butcher's most-popular series. The art was very consistent through the whole series and the consolidation of the story worked very well as a comic here.
Well this follows the book very well. I like how the character are brought to the visual. The action is way too fast to really follow unless you already know the story. I think this adds to the book if you are a visual person and want to see how another visualizes the characters. It was fun but not really anything more.
I think this one was better done than the last, but still a not a complete winner for me. However, I like the way that the plot unfolds in graphic novel form, especially the werewolves. I think that this first volume builds to a conclusion that isn't there, a danger of multi-volumes books.
Art Lueder
Fool Moon is an excellent Dresden story and the graphic novel does a pretty good job covering Harry's fight against all things werewolf. Chase Conely's rendition of Dresden is OK but not great. Ardian Syaf's artistry from Welcome to the Jungle is by far my favorite.
A worthy successor to the two volumes of "Storm Front" With the exception of Harry, who was drawn much too hairy and blocky I like the art much better this go around and the adaption was also spot on. Looking forward to volume two!
What's not to love when you have a paranormal mystery novel? Dresden, a wizard PI, reminds me of Garrison Keillor's Guy Noir in the best possible way. And the paranormal content lifts what could be a ho-hum style into something truly fun!
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