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The Dresden Files: Storm Front, Volume 1: The Gathering Storm (The Dresden Files Graphic Novels)

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A graphic novel based on the bestselling Harry Dresden books by Jim Butcher!

If circumstances surrounding a crime defy the ordinary and evidence points to a suspect who is anything but human, the men and women of the Chicago Police Department call in the one guy who can handle bizarre and often brutal phenomena. Harry Dresden is a wizard who knows firsthand that the everyda
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Hardcover, 128 pages
Published June 2nd 2009 by Del Rey/Dabel Brothers
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Mario
Great, as expected. Now off to Vol. 2.
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
One might think, why read a graphic novel version of a prose novel? I was one of those who asked that question. I am eating my words now. I can see why. While I tend to visualize the books I read as movies playing in my head in full color, it's still a pleasure to see how the author's imagery is brought to life as they work with the graphic novel artists and writers.

Harry doesn't quite look like my version in my head, but it's awesome to see how Butcher himself visualizes the character. Harry'
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Crystal Starr Light
Harry Dresden: The only openly practicing wizard in Chicago

If you've read the book of the same name, Storm Front, you pretty much know what this is about. Here is my summary of the full-blown novel:

"Harry Dresden is the only practicing wizard in the Yellow Pages and often works with the police on their “paranormal” crimes. One day, Lieutenant Murphy calls him up and presents him with a crime scene: two dead bodies, killed in a most brutal and obviously unnatural method, which some are trying to
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A&E
STORM FRONT is the first in the lengthy Harry Dresden series. This review reflects my love of all the Dresden Files Books.

I discovered The Dresden Files after I fell in love with the T.V show (which got booted after only one amazing season!) With some book series there's always one or two of the books that I don't like or enjoy less than all the others, but The Dresden Files always satisfies me with every book.

The excitement revolves around Harry Dresden, private investigator and wizard, and his
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Giovanni Gelati

I was lucky enough to get a hold of the second graphic novel in this series very quickly. I am still beating myself up a bit for not reading Jim Butcher novels before this. The mistake though, and the discovery of the graphic novels, I think will make my experience with the novels better and I will have a better understanding of the characters after this. Here is a piece from the Intro to the G.N. by Jim Butcher, he has better words to describe the way I feel about this: ”It’s my story, adapted
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Chris
I loved this graphic novel! So I have been on a bit of a comic book kick lately and when I saw this I had to pick it up. Now I have seen some mixed reviews on this and wasn't sure what to think at first, but the more I got into it the more I liked it.

This is a comic retelling of Jim Butcher's first book in the Dresden files series Storm Front, so don't think you are going to get anything new if you have already read the book. It is almost exactly like the book it is based off, so you will know
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Mike (the Paladin)
Well...it's Dresden and that guarantees an enjoyable read pretty much. If you've read Storm Front then you have the story here. Well, this is the first half of the story. The novel itself is better (I suppose I should say of course here). I did like the look we got at the Red Court Vamp but than I already had a picture in my mind.

If you like graphic novels I think you'll enjoy these. The art is good, the action is portrayed in a good way with confusion in following it. The drawings are clean and
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Lari Don
This book was recommended to me by a bookseller. A real person, in a real bookshop, during a face to face conversation. I said I was loving Ben Aaronovitch’s books, which mix magic and crime in London, and the bookseller said I might enjoy Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files. And she was right! Storm Front took me a while to get into, because it’s quite flippant and hardboiled, but that’s a reflection of the crime genre it’s bouncing off. I took longer to warm to the crime element of the story than the ...more
Hector Ibarraran
Although the first few chapters feel very much like an adaptation, as the story advances, you can tell that the creative team behind this title begins to work better together, and the story starts to flow better. It is a faithful adaptation of the book, and it can act as a substitute or as a reminder, if you want to jumpstart the series after a long hiatus. In my case, I am going to be listening to the audio version of Grave Peril, and since it has been too long since I've read Storm Front and F ...more
June
Jun 26, 2012 June rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Dresden fans and magic graphic novel readers
Recommended to June by: Joan
I was wondering how a graphic novel would compare to novel I had read and I prefer novels. I don't think I will be following this one up with the next.

First I'm not sure how many graphic novels it will take to finish the novel. Second I feel I read novels faster than graphic novels. Third I prefer my own mind pictures.

However, there was a prequel chapter at the end of this book, that I enjoyed much more, where Harry meets Murphy. I don't know if a book is supposed to follow about that, but I wo
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Jason Zeng
This exhilarating book, Storm Front, written by Jim Butcher, is the start of the a series, The Dresden Files, which is in the genre of mystery, and has a mature writing style. Harry Dresden is the only wizard practicing detective work in the country, and is struggling to keep up financially in Chicago. When a new case arrives, the disappearance of Victor Sells, he sees a potential for some large stacks, but he also is tied to another recent, and gruesome case. As he discovers how the cases may b ...more
Gemma
I love everything Butcher, and this is no exception. I think the Harry Dresden novels translate really well to graphic form (possibly unsurprising, given the foreword by Jim Butcher). The illustrations by Ardian Syaf were pretty close to the image I have in my head when reading the novels (although I had pictured Harry as being more angular in the face, similar to James Masters as Spike in Buffy. Susan's eyes also seemed to change colour from brown to green, but I think that was just a typo lol) ...more
Jordan
Okay, I’ll just say this up front and get it out of the way: you should totally be reading the real books, not these graphic adaptations. However, I’ve read the real thing, and so now have no compunctions about reading the graphic novel.

When the Chicago PD have a case they don’t know how to explain, they give it to Karrin Murphy and the Special Investigations division. When Murphy thinks there may actually be something supernatural going on, she calls in the only practicing wizard in the Chicago
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Sarah Maddaford
I wasn't very impressed with this. There were an awful lot of narration bubbles compared to dialogue. I hope the text novel is better because I'm still going to try it, but this one was a bit disappointing. The art wasn't bad, but Dresden was always very roughly drawn compared with the other characters which was kinda odd. He also spent a good portion of the last chapter naked... It also ended rather suddenly because the first novel apparently covers more than one graphic novel.
Julianna
May 01, 2015 Julianna rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Graphic Novels; Urban Fantasy
Reviewed for THC Reviews
The Gathering Storm is a graphic novel adaptation of the first half of Storm Front, the inaugural novel in the Dresden Files series. The book contains four chapters, and each chapter was originally released in comic book format, then collected together into this one hardcover volume. At the end, there is also a bonus comic adaptation of the prequel short story, Restoration of Faith, done by a different artist and story adapter. And at the very back of the book, there are
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Shannon
I really enjoyed this. The art is quite good, and the story is very accurate to the novel.

I feel that the Butcher's Dresden Files is very well-suited to the graphic novel medium. With all the action, the magical elements, and the just plain fun of the character and the world, Butcher's writing is more or less like a comic book without pictures anyway. His descriptions are usually pretty great, but that of course can slow the narrative down a bit. In graphic novel form, the art takes the place of
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Ted
I'm a HUGE fan of The Dresden Files series. It's been a couple of years since I read the novel version of this, so this was really cool to read and get a different way of telling the story.

Very true to the book so far. Can't wait to read the second volume.
Jigme Datse
I read Storm Front in December, or was it as far back as November. Hmm... It could have even been further back than that.

Anyway, I read the novel in Kindle form a little while ago. Not sure how long ago. So I know the story here. I was just wanting to read this as it is in one of the local libraries (15 km away, but that is local to me).

So I picked this up, and the day I picked it up I read about 6 pages. I was on my way downtown, and thought I would "just look at it" and ended up reading 6 pag
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Linda
This is a graphic novel. Didn't love this as much as I loved the novel. The format didn't lend itself to the sarcasm of the novel and that was missed. It did bring the story to life though, so that helped me to get into it. The artist didn't draw Harry as I had him pictured, but that's okay. That part should really be up to your imagination anyway. I have to try to find the other parts of the story now to see if they are as good.

I really loved the prequel story (Restoration)in the back of the no
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Elvia
Can't NOT love Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden.
Alex Richmond
While I enjoy comics and graphic novels, and so far I have loved the Dresden files, I was not the biggest fan of this. The gathering storm is the first half of the first book in Jim Butchers series, but without all the detail and (for lack of a better word) magic.

While I can not speak for all, I would recommend staying with the books, but if you need help with faces for the characters, this will help give you a better idea what the characters look like, although I think Carmichael's hair in the
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Cindy
This is the first story in the Harry Dresden series. I loved all of the books in this series. Harry is a wizard with a heart of gold and humorous points of view about many topics. If you're a fan of fantasy fiction and like authors that develop characters over several stories then this is one you should read. If you've seen any of the short-lived TV shows (I think they're on Hulu now) don't use them to judge whether to try this story line - disregard the shows because they only have the characte ...more
Emmy
Out of all the Dresden Files books I have read so far, Storm Front continues to be my favorite. So, when I found out there was a graphic novel, I was understandably excited.

In Jim Butcher's introduction, he talks about how the characters look like he had pictured in his head, so reading this, I was able to see Harry, Murphy, Bianca, and Susan just as the author intended. I heard once that was also the case in Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Authorized Collection. I like when
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John
Having already read the novel, I wasn't really anxious to pickup the graphic novel adaptation of Storm Front. Would the picture of Harry Dresden match the one conjured up by the artist? What about Murphy or Morgan? Would the story conveyed by the words and images match the pace and excitement of the book?

These are the same questions most folks ask when they go to see the movie adaptation of one of their favorite novels.

But as the fates would have it, I saw that Jim Butcher was going to be making
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Patricia Bardua
Great Book! Starts off like a 1940's or 50's private eye movie, even down to the mob, and a woman in distress (well, a lot of women in distress). He has the typical woman from law enforcement that he works closely with; friends, but would never admitting it to each other.
Very quickly we learn that there are definite differences between an old-fashioned private eye movie and Mr. Dresden. It seems people of the world have finally learned to "see" what has been there all along, living amongst them
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Connie
Five years ago I would have never picked up this kind of book, but since I branched out a little into the fantasy area with Terry Brooks and others, I have been reading a bit more. I loved this book and really liked Harry Dresden. Even though it is magical, it was a very good mystery.

It had really bad guys and an interesting Wizard to make things even better. I didn't really have a feel for the time we were in, but I don't think it mattered whether it was present, past or future. I especially l
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Sara Thompson
I actually read 2 of these graphic novels - Welcome to the Jungle and Storm Front Vol 1. I had read Storm Front in paperback a year or so ago and had not found myself really wanting to read more. It's funny how a graphic novel can change that. I now find myself wanting to read another Dresden File book. I can't remember what I didn't like about Storm Front but it could have been more about my mood than the book it's self.
Welcome to the Jungle is a pre-quel that Jim Butcher wrote exclusively for
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Tim
I picked up this book tonight at Barnes & Noble and read it in their coffee shop. I saw it on the shelf while searching for #2 of Neil Gaiman's Sandman books and decided to get it since I've read several of Jim Butcher's Dresden Files novels. This is an illustrated/graphic novel version and it works pretty well. The Dresden Files novels translate well to the illustrated format since Butcher's writing is strong in describing the visual scene. But this book only covers about a fourth of the no ...more
Angela
I am of course a huge fan of the Dresden Files, and Storm Front, its first installment, holds a special place in my heart. I have not only the original novel, but also the audio version read by James Marsters, and I was particularly interested in seeing how the short-lived TV version of the Dresden Files would adapt that story. So naturally, when I learned that it was being adapted into graphic novel form, I had to check it out.

Volume 1 of the graphic novel version covers somewhere between the f
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