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

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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
Graphic Novel, 168 pages
Published October 21st 2008 by Del Rey/Dabel Brothers (first published October 14th 2008)
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Apr 27, 2014 Callista rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all Harry fans
Recommended to Callista 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...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
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
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...more
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.
Erin Reilly-Sanders
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
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...more
Jul 25, 2012 Mike rated it 3 of 5 stars
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...more
May 06, 2013 Julianna rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Urban Fantasy or Mystery Graphic Novels; The Dresden Files
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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...more
Giovanni Gelati
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...more
lynne naranek
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...more
Kelly 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

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...
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
Shaun Duke
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...more
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
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 I imagined, but all the narrative flavor is still there, and I enjoyed it immensely. The adaptation was well worth reading. Plus, it's a way to get more Dresden in be...more
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.
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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.
Sarah Maddaford
When I saw that this was a prequel to the Dresden files, I was hoping that I would get to see Harry as a teenager (and you do, briefly). Unfortunately, for me , this takes place not long before the events of Storm Front and gives you an idea of how Harry and Murphy got used to working together (even though it still isn't about their first case together). The story is well designed both graphically and in respects to plot. It was a bit too short for my tastes, but it did have to fit in a limited...more
I was better than I expected because I didn't realize going it that it was an entirely new story, not just an adaptation like the first Dresden graphic novel. But the format is hard because the basic story points have to be introduced again and again for every chapter since they were originally released as separate comics, taking up valuable story time. And I still hate the way Murphy looks, not just because she doesn't look how I pictured her. Well, mostly that, but she also isn't small enough,...more
This is a wonderful prequel to the Dresden Files. It's not often that authors of novels get to write the comic books based on their books (although it seems to be happening a little more frequently now with Marvel's adaptations of King, Hamilton and Card books that the authors at least have a hand in), so I was glad to see Butcher not only approved of the prequel but wrote it himself.

Because it's a prequel, the only on-going characters we get to see in action are Harry, Bob the Skull, and Lt. Ka...more
This is a good introduction into the world of Harry Dresden, a wizard working as a police consultant in Chicago. The Dresden Files are a series of suspense/mystery/crime solving stories set in modern-day Chicago, with a supernatural twist - consider it an adult, American version of Harry Potter doing the grungy private detective routine.

I have really enjoyed the books I have come across so far - written in a 1st-person style with good humor and suspense.

This graphic novel is set as a prequel to...more
Nov 29, 2008 Dianna rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: jody hampton; stephanie hatch; cris m.
Shelves: series-reading
My first graphic novel to actually get through, let alone really enjoy. I'd attribute it to already really liking the characters, but that didn't get me through the Odd Thomas graphic novel. I think attribution really goes to good writing and graphics. In the introduction to the graphic novel, the author notes that he's always pictured the Dresden Files in his head as a comic book anyway, so he was pleased to get this going.

This graphic novel totally stands alone as enjoyable to people familiar...more
Welcome to the Jungle takes place before Jim Butcher’s first book, Storm Front. Here our favorite paranormal detective and wizard, Harry Dresden, is called upon by the Chicago police to help investigate a brutal animal attack at the zoo that has left a security guard dead. But as you can probably guess, there appears to be something more of a supernatural nature behind this mauling. Once again, Harry finds himself the target of some pretty wicked dark forces as he tries to figure out who or what...more
Beanbag Love
I'm a major Jim Butcher fan, so when I heard he was going to put Harry Dresden in graphic novel form I was thrilled.

Sadly, the art is really lacking. It has a quickie, dashed off effect that makes the entire enterprise seem cheap. The same artist is doing the comic versions of early Dresden Files novels, so I'm not even bothering with them.

To be honest, I can barely draw a stick figure, but I know good comic art when I see it, and this could just be better.

And also, to be fair, the story isn'...more
Michele Lee
A trademark blend of magic, noir and sarcasm Welcome to the Jungle is a full color example of why Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden is so popular.

A special consultant to the Chicago police, Harry is called in when a man is found dead at the zoo under mysterious circumstances. The brass wants to blame Moe the gorilla, put him down and be done with it. Special Investigations lead Karrin Murphy knows the evidence isn't adding up so she leaves the legwork that she can't explain to her bosses to Harry. Aft...more
Nicholas Whyte
"http://nwhyte.livejournal.com/1254921.html[return][return]This is a graphic novel based on a series of books by Jim Butcher which had a TV show as well; but it was all new to me, and I only got it because it is on the Hugo shortlist.[return][return]It's actually very good. Our hero, Harry Dresden, is a hardboiled private investigator who also happens to be a wizard, and is routinely called in to help solve mysterious cases in Chicago. The plot here, involving odd goings-on and strange deaths in...more
Prequel to Storm Front, this is an original Harry Dresden story done in a graphic novel containing four chapters. The graphic stories from Storm Front are to be released soon.

This story centers around the killing of a guard at the zoo and the attempt to lead police to believe that a gorilla escaped from it's cage, killed the guard, and locked itself back in. Harry is given twenty-four hours to find out what really happened.

The graphics are well done, very close to what I imagined them to look li...more
This pretty much a Butcher short-story in graphic novel form. The setting is before the first novel Storm Front. The story itself is a bit on the weak side - it doesn't seem to cover the humor that is in so important to the Dresden books. I guess Harry feels a little more ragged-edged and younger than the more competant Harry of say Turn Coat.

There are a few character sketch/concept art in the back of this volume that I think provides some extra insight into how the author sees the characters. I...more
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