Rivers of London: Body Work, #1
Peter Grant is one of only two members of a very special branch of London's Metropolitan Police. He is, in fact, pretty much a wizard and it's his job to investigate those shadowy crimes that involve urban vampires, weird folk in the underground and, in this case, why cars are suddenly taking on lives of their own and killing innoce...more
This is a collection of a short series based upon the book series created by Aaronovitch whose big claim to fame is of course his involvement with the classic but brilliant series called Doctor Who.
How often do you see an adaptation in which nearly all the characters look the way you imagined them*? Well, apparently it can happen!
This is only a single-issue [sorry!], not much there, but I like the way they've used such a mundane, The Bill type setting of a dodgy mechanic and scrap-metal yard. Same wit as you'd expect from the originals, but I missed the fast-talking presence of the novels - just not enough words here. (Though the sense of slowed pace might simply have been because ...more
The story centres around a series of apparently haunted cars which have been causing some major problems. But just how does a car end up being haunted and how do you arrest a car? It's a short story and played even more for humour than the novels but it's still a decent tale.
I thought t ...more
I’m a big fan of the Peter Grant series, and yet I’ve avoided the graphic novels for one reason: I’m not a fan of graphic novels. I’ve tried to get into them a few times, yet I find it extremely difficult. I can understand the appeal, I can see why there are so many graphic novel fans out there, but I doubt I will ever be one. Nevertheless, my curiosity a ...more
Nonetheless - I found the Body Work graphic novel series to be a quick and fun read. It was a bit fantasy, a bit horror and a bit crime-fiction. It was quite enjoyable to see the all the characters drawn out -- though I did ...more
I was really excited to find this graphic and couldn't wait to get started, it is a really fast and nicely drawn book. The art is really rather fabulous. My problem with the story is that if you haven't read it you get a bit confused with the structure. There is a bit of back and forth ...more
There have been references in the books to haunted Mercedes and other incidents that were in the graphic novels, so being a bit OCD about needing to know EVERYTHING about a series, I finally gave in and spent the big bucks for the graphic novels. They were actually more than I'd hoped for! I love seeing the artists' vision of the characters and I enjoy the short bits at the end. I LOL'd at "Urgent Summon ...more
So what did i think.
Well firstly it is clear the author knows London well. The description of the lesser known London byways are done well and described brilliantly.Secondly he gives a great description of modern police work. Until I read his bio I felt it had to have been written by a working copper, so his research is top-notch
So what is the book about? I ...more
The graph plays to the series' strengths: character interaction and dialogue and it was short enough that it avoided the usual problems (namely that of pacing). It also felt like it had been written with the format in mind, rather than just a short story with pictures, which was cool.
The art style is really clean and crisp, and w ...more
After having finished all 6.5 books in Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London series, I found myself going through withdrawal and I need a quick fix until the next book in the series is published in November, 2018, (in London).
I had heard about these graphic novels (comic books) from a Goodreads friend, and found 4 of the 5 in the series and decided to give them a try.
It was great at first, and, as I am mainly a visual learner, it was very interesting to see graphic representation ...more
I usually don't look at graphic novels/stories in the same world as the published word because they are usually repeats of the novels. This is not the case here.
The story here is good, the way the characters are drawn is a good match to my minds eye of how they would look, and the overall execution of the comic is great.
A pleasant surprise and I ...more
Note, to avoid disappointment, this is only the first instalment of a graphic novel in the excellent Rivers of London series. I really enjoyed it and will read the rest as soon as possible. If you like the series you will almost certainly enjoy it too. If you haven't I think it will stand alone but seriously, read or listen to the whole series, it really is good.
There is nothing I don't love about this series, and this graphic story is no exception!
Born and raised in London he says that he'll leave his home when they prise his city out of his cold dead fingers.