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Welcome to the Jungle (The Dresden Files Graphic Novels 0.5)

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When the supernatural world spins out of control, when the police can’t handle what goes bump in the night, when monsters come screaming out of nightmares and into the mean streets, there’s just one man to call: Harry Dresden, the only professional wizard in the Chicago phone book. A police consultant and private investigator, Dresden has to walk the dangerous line between ...more
Hardcover, 168 pages
Published October 21st 2008 by Del Rey/Dabel Brothers (first published October 14th 2008)
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Mario
Apr 15, 2015 Mario rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Not as good as the books, but still really fast and fun read! Only wish there was more Bob in it, but Dresden was hilarious as usual, so I couldn't give it any less than 5 stars.

Would recommend to anyone who's fan of the series.
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Wow. This was so fun to read. I am a fan of the Dresden Files urban fantasy series, and it's wonderful to get some visuals to go along with the prose. Butcher wrote the foreword, and he said he was very happy with the way Harry comes out, that he'd always visualized Harry Dresden in this medium, since he grew up as a huge comic book fan. I'd tend to agree. I think the artist did an excellent job of capturing Harry and also Karrin Murphy and Carmichael. He captures Harry's physicality as well as ...more
Kat
Jul 07, 2008 Kat rated it really liked it
Basic Plot: When bodies begin piling up at a zoo, it's up to Harry Dresden to figure out what supernatural beastie is responsible and stop it before things get worse.

Graphic novels are definitely a different medium than traditional novels. When I first heard that these books were coming out I was worried that they wouldn't capture the characters and their attitudes effectively. This book definitely has the Harry Dresden sarcasm I know and love, though. Harry looks considerably less scruffy than
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Nicole
Nov 02, 2009 Nicole rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: all Harry fans
Recommended to Nicole by: julia Andersen
First read 28 December, 2009. Re-read 28 January, 2012. (The 28s are just a coincidence.) Re-read 31 October, 2013--the last few years, I like to celebrate Halloween with some Harry D. Happy birthday, pal.

A 4 star read in terms of graphic novels, although very simple and streamlined in comparison to any of the regular Dresden novels. A fun, quick read.
Turns out Butcher was inspired to write Harry in part by his love of comic books and characters like Peter Parker. It makes sense. This is a nice
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Chris
Mar 02, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it
It was very cool to get this episode of the Dresden Files in graphic novel comic form. The art was fantastic, really bringing Harry and Murphy (and Bob and Mister) to life.

I'm also glad that Butcher wrote the story himself. The voice was right. So often a graphic interpretation loses the author's special touch.

And of course, this cool little story of the wizard named Harry makes me want to pick up the next Dresden Files novel.

Nicely done, Jim.
The Flooze
Welcome to the Jungle is a prequel story to the Dresden Files, showing one of Harry’s earlier cases for Murph. The story is a little thin, but interesting nonetheless. The illustrations of Harry and the other characters are in line with my own imaginings, although the wizard is a little sterner-looking than he might be. There were also a few continuity issues (a missing staff here, missing glasses there).

What I found most distracting were the boxes detailing Harry’s inner monologue. Since the b
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Ivy
5 stars

Awesome comic book. Nice to see a story in the world of The Dresden Files in comic book form. Hags look very creepy. Glad Harry was able to stop them. Wonder if Will will show up again later in the series. Law of the Jungle always prevails. Also glad that Moe didn't die and was able to back with his family. RIP Dr. Reese and others. Very weird comic book too. Would be scary if the supernatural world existed. Can't wait to read more books in the Dresden Files series!!!!!
Patricia
Feb 19, 2009 Patricia rated it really liked it
This could be either a teen or adult graphic novel, since the Dresden Files fiction titles are considered to be adult titles. But if you are a fan, you will want to read this first graphic novel of the Dresden Files, particularly since it's an original story that takes place before his first title Storm Front.

Although there is a lot of violence, it is not very explicit, which makes it more acceptable for teen readers. Since I am an avid fan of the series, I enjoyed it, and particularly liked Bu
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Erin Reilly-Sanders
Dec 22, 2010 Erin Reilly-Sanders rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, adult, fantasy
Not bad, but not really as engaging to me as the rest of the series. The story is good, the portrayal of the characters is acceptable- i.e. nothing wrong but tough to compare with the images in my head- and the art decent. I like my version of Murphy a litle better- a little rounder in the face, smaller, more compact, with shorter hair- which makes the contrast with some of her attitudes greater and thus more fun. But in all cases, none of the characters are blatantly wrong, such as sticking a h ...more
Rumana Nasrin
Jan 27, 2017 Rumana Nasrin rated it it was amazing
Wow!! Wow! Dresden is exactly the way I'v pictured him! It was really a good read.
Giovanni Gelati
Jun 15, 2010 Giovanni Gelati rated it it was amazing
Right off the bat I want to say how much I enjoyed this graphic novel. It opened a door for me that I didn’t expect to go through. I have heard of Jim Butcher and seen his novels on the NYT Bestseller Lists but had not given any of them a chance. What a big mistake. The graphic novel straightened all misconceptions of his characters and his writing style out for me. I am now a huge fan. Ardian Syaf did the artwork and is an awesome collaboration.
The main character, for the uninitiated like mysel
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Julianna
Apr 24, 2013 Julianna rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Urban Fantasy or Mystery Graphic Novels; The Dresden Files
Reviewed for THC Reviews
Welcome to the Jungle was another enjoyable short story in the Dresden Files series, this time in graphic novel format. I rarely read graphic novels, but have to say that this one was quite fun. It was kind of like reading a movie or watching a book.:-) The illustrations were very appealing and complimented the text perfectly. They also expressed the emotion and action of the scenes quite well. The illustrator, Ardian Syaf is billed as a rising star in the comic book worl
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Mike
Jul 25, 2012 Mike rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Dresden fans
I recently decided to start reading through the "essential" graphic novels, mostly because I was getting a little bored with the novel I was reading and was looking for a break. While looking for a different title at the library, I came across Welcome to the Jungle. Being a big Dresden fan, I had heard of the novel before, but I had never read it. In fact, I think it's the only published Dresden literature that I had not read...so I had to pick it up.

The bottom line, Welcome to the Jungle plays
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lynne naranek
May 02, 2009 lynne naranek rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009
Jim Butcher admits in the introduction that in his head, Harry Dresden plays out in comic book / graphic novel form, and so he's really excited about the opportunity to "translate" his books into this medium. "Welcome to the Jungle" is a made-for-graphic-novel prequel to Storm Front, in celebration -- and anticipation of -- the books ebing converted into graphic novel form.

I don't appreciate this medium as much as I do a regular, good old book, I admit. However, it doesn't detract from an all-t
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Kelly H. (Maybedog)
I wish I'd never set eyes on this piece of rubbish. Any fan of Harry should stay very far away from this graphic novel (more like a graphic short story). The story is terrible and boring, the illustrations awkward and Harry is embarrassing, there's nothing adorable or vulnerable about him. His self-deprecating just sounds like a lie. There is no subtext, no using your imagination and little even looks as it is described in the books. But worst of all, it's ultra sexist. Disgusting. It's like the ...more
Anthony
Oct 15, 2008 Anthony rated it liked it

Eh, for 4 issues I figured that there would be more story. The art is great and the story is original, but I was expecting more...
Gina
Mar 09, 2017 Gina rated it it was amazing
I love me some Dresden Files and this did not disappoint!! I loved the artwork and all the characters were awesome!!
Shaun Duke
Jul 09, 2009 Shaun Duke rated it liked it
I'm familiar with Butcher's Dresden Files, but I've never read any of the books. Reading the graphic novel, thus, became my first Dresden experience, and it's a bit of a mixed bag.

Welcome to the Jungle follows none other than the infamous Harry Dresden, sorcerer extraordinaire turned mystical detective, as he takes on yet another case: a brutal murder at the Chicago zoo with too many unanswered questions for the poor Chicago PD to handle; that's why they've called Dresden, because his specialty
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Chris
Sep 19, 2012 Chris rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
I am quickly becoming a big fan of the Dresden Files and when I found this graphic novel I had to pick it up and give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed this. The story of course was wonderfully entertaining. Jim Butcher does an amazing job writing an entertaining story in such a short venue. I also enjoyed reading his introduction he says he is a fan of comics and Graphic novels and jumped at the chance to work on this project. He just hadn't any idea how hard it would be. ...more
John
Feb 14, 2009 John rated it it was amazing
Though I am not a connoisseur of graphic novels (more commonly called comic books when I was a child) I picked this up on the strength of the author's reputation. I was not dissappointed. Once again Mr. Butcher provides a witty, fast-paced, spell-binding (no pun intended) story that grips the reader and won't let him go. Butcher collaborated with an up-and-coming artist on the actual flavor of the books, so we got a good look at what Dresden looks like in Butcher's mind. The only surprise there ...more
Scott
Aug 28, 2015 Scott rated it really liked it
I was somewhat doubtful going in to this that Butcher's Dresden novels would translate well in graphic novel form, but this really worked! Butcher himself states in the introduction that he has always envisioned his novels as comics when writing them, and here Butcher does a great job of continuing the curt dry humor and crisp dialogue of the books as well as the creepy noir setting. This didn't feel like a watered down version of the novels, in fact it is a new story / investigation set in Harr ...more
Yodamom
Mar 11, 2012 Yodamom rated it it was amazing
I love the visual view of Harry's world. I read the introduction by Jim Butcher and was thrilled to see that he thinks this Harry is dead on what he see's him looking like. he looks very close to what was in my head as well.
The art work is very well done. Harry is beautiful and strong. Mister is huge ! Murphy was a bit more angry then I pictured her, but hey this book was in the very early stages of their relationship. Kudos to the artist, everything was very emotional.
Harry is hired to find a k
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Sarah
Oct 20, 2008 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Timeline wise, this would fit in to the earlier part of the Dresden Files series. Dresden is called in to investigate an odd murder at a zoo, and of course, things go downhill as only they can when he is involved. More murder, mayhem and magic ensue.

Well illustrated - I thought the graphics were spot on for the characters - and a good story. Well worth the read.
Chris
Nov 27, 2012 Chris rated it did not like it
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Aki Tman
Jul 06, 2016 Aki Tman rated it liked it
I love the dresden files, I really do. But this graphic novel is just OK, to give it 4 or 5 stars would be to say it's of the same level as Saga or the wicked + the divine (which i consider to be a 4 star series) and it's just not.
3 stars because its not bad, but it's not good either.
Anne
Sep 15, 2009 Anne rated it really liked it
I'm not sure if this would really have been all that great if I wasn't such a huge fan of the Dresden Files. But I am. So it was. In other words, don't trust my rating, because I'm not sure if it was any good or not. That's how much I love Harry.
Alesia
Oct 20, 2008 Alesia rated it it was amazing
I've missed Harry Dresden. This was a great read, and the artwork is gorgeous. Looking forward to more graphic novel adventures with Chicago's Own Wizard.
Robert
Jan 25, 2017 Robert rated it really liked it
O.K. I have to say I really enjoyed this graphic novel. I really like the Dresden Files novel series and have read a total of seven to date. I have also formed in my mind various pictures of Harry and other characters, even his old beat up V.W. Bug! So seeing these characters come to life in somewhat different versions was a bit off putting. You also visit Harry's apartment and get to go into his "work space" with Bob. So some things just do not quite mesh but the story was very cool. I really a ...more
Samantha
Jul 22, 2017 Samantha rated it really liked it
It was cool to see an extra story in comic book form but it didn't feel like this story added all that much to the world or the main plot. Still fun tho.
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Jim Butcher is the author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera, and a new steampunk series, the Cinder Spires. His resume includes a laundry list of skills which were useful a couple of centuries ago, and he plays guitar quite badly. An avid gamer, he plays tabletop games in varying systems, a variety of video games on PC and console, and LARPs whenever he can make time for it. Jim currently resi ...more
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