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The Dresden Files: Storm Front, Volume 2: Maelstrom

(The Dresden Files Graphic Novels #1.2)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  2,482 ratings  ·  87 reviews
Harry Dresden is a wizard, the only one in the Chicago phone book. He uses his arcane powers to investigate the supernatural, often assisting the Special Investigations Unit of the Chicago P.D. with cases that are beyond their comprehension. But Harry must use his powers carefully. Because of a dark incident in his past, he is kept under close watch by the ruling body of w ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published February 15th 2011 by Dynamite Entertainment
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Apr 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels

I really enjoyed the story, and I loved seeing it translated to graphic novel. Only problem I had with it (and that's why this rating) is the art style change somewhere in the middle. It felt like reading two different comics, and that threw me off a little. I really liked the art style before the change, mostly because that is how I pictured Harry when reading the book. The new art style just didn't fit the story. But maybe that's just me.

Anyway, solid graphic novel, and I'll be definitely c
In order to enjoy this, I think you need to be a huge fan of Butcher's Dresden Files. I am a huge fan.
Seriously, I will read anything with Harry in it and call it gold. Gold!
Having said that, I think most non-fans will think these particular graphic novels are turd nuggets. I can't say for sure that I would be able to follow the plot very well if I hadn't already read the book. And I hate to say it, but it may not be the best idea to cram a novel like this into a thin two volume comic book. A l
Jan 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A pretty faithful translation of the novel. I definitely suggest reading the novel first but Syaf does a good job of visually translating the story. Unfortunately Brett Booth swoops in to finish up the story and he is just not as talented of an artist. Sometimes less is more. Booth always overloads the page with swirly special effects. Some of those scenes in the burning house are difficult to make out due to the amount of crap Booth has drawn on it. It's cool to see Jim Butcher's fantastic worl ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
My review is mostly the same for both volumes of this graphic novel. I didn't take notes while I was reading, so the finer points slipped out of my mind shortly after I read it. However, I did make some specific observations for part two.

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
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
artist change halfway through. not in a bad way, but it actually helped me believe Harry's supposed to be in his mid-20s at this time. most of the other art makes him look at least 35.
Great art but it worked better as a novel. Still great fun to see it in pictures.
May 22, 2019 rated it liked it
A great follow up/part 2 of the first book in the Dresden Files in graphic novel form. Enjoyable artwork and always fun to see how the author imagines his characters.
Ea Solinas
It took a very long time for the second volume of the "Dresden Files: Storm Front" comic book to come out, apparently because it switched from Dabel Brothers to Dynamite Entertainment.

So there's a bit of a shock coming partway through this comic book, when the shift occurred. Jim Butcher's solid urban fantasy story is as strong as ever, piling on the distrust, monsters and black magic until the fiery climax... but the art derails in a big way. Ardian Syaf, why did you have to go work for DC?

Apr 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Graphic Novels; Urban Fantasy
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"4.5 stars" Maelstrom is a graphic novel adaptation of the second half of Storm Front, the inaugural novel in the Dresden Files series. As with the first volume, The Gathering Storm, the book contains four sections, and each section was originally released in comic book format, then collected together into this one hardcover volume. At the end, there is also a bonus preview of the graphic novel adaptation of Fool Moon, which includes an excerpt and concept art.

Once again,
Hector Ibarraran
The second installment of the novel adaptation. Just like the first one, you can read it instead of the book and you'll get the full story. While I'm not a big fan of the artist, Brett Booth, I really enjoyed his work in this story. I don't love the way he stylizes the human figure, but he definitely has a wonderful talent for creating atmosphere. It is very difficult to capture "the supernatural" in a book without it seeming cheesy, but there was a lot going one in his panels without being over ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Feb 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Here's the second half of the story from Storm Front. Mr. Butcher does a good job of transferring his novel to graphic novel format. The art is also done well and doesn't have the failings I've seen in some other graphic novels.

While I like this alright and find that as usual stories from J.Butcher is an enjoyable experience still I don't know that I'll follow the series any further. I like the novels and this simply feels a little...less detailed. For example I had high hopes for what happened
Jan 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Stormfront stands up as a graphic novel, a really good one at that. Now seeing Harry up through Cold Days, it was nice to go back to the start. My only complaint would be that the artist changed half way through this volume, and the change was a bit jarring visually. The ladies in this were mostly drawn with the tiny waist, huge boobs that I find disappointing of the style. But then how many graphic novels are drawn to the tastes of almost 40 year old moms?
The conclusion of the Cliff Notes version of Storm Front. I'd forgotten all of the different plot twists, so it was almost like reading the book again for the first time. About halfway through the book, they switched illustrators, from Syaf to Booth. Booth doesn't have the same style (or talent) as Syaf and it was a bit jarring. Characters are a lot more elongated, stand more stiffly, and show muscle definition through jeans and heavy leather dusters. We finally get to meet the mobster Johnny Ma ...more
This is the second half of the Storm Front graphic novel series (a series of two). This one picks up where the first one left off and provides a small bit of review. The drawings are nice, and the book is sturdy. I enjoyed it but that’s kind of it. I’ll keep reading the Dresden Files graphic novels.
One thing that I noticed and liked about this particular graphic novel is that there was a “rating” on the back of it. It was rated T for Teens.
May 19, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
These were not my cup of tea. Guess I'll have to stick with the underrated tv show that got cancelled. :(

Also, minirant: WHY THE F*CK DID DRESDEN'S ART STYLE DRASTICALLY CHANGE HALFWAY THROUGH?!!?!?! WTF?! The art went from like hard-core toxic-masculinity in an art form to bishounen-style. I swear to god all it was missing were the damn glitter stars.

Okay, sorry. I'm done ranting.
Samantha Bustos-Hubeny
This was pretty good. I am glad I got to see how he did the handcuffs bc I was irritated by that in the book- I thought he somehow opened them.
John of Canada
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It could be addicting.The story was good,tons of action and good artwork .What more could I ask?
Apr 19, 2018 rated it liked it
better than volume 1, still not as good as the Books.

Art style is great though!
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really like the artist for the Storm Front graphic novels, it looks really good. This volume did justice to the book just like the first volume did.
Dec 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty faithful adaptation from storm front. I'm not a huge fan of this style of art, but effective story telling.
Feb 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Understandable and straightforward adaptation. Better than Vol. 1.
Crystal Starr Light
Jun 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Harry Dresden: The only openly practicing wizard in Chicago

This is volume two of the graphic novel adaptation of the novel, Storm Front. To copy my synopsis of the book/volume one:

"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 blame on Harry. Me
Sep 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second volume in the Storm Front graphic novelization of Butcher’s book of the same name. It was very well done and I enjoyed it alot.

This picks up right where Book 1 (issues 1-4) left off. Harry is trying to solve this mystery of murder and dark magic, but he is under close observation by the Council. Now Murphy suspects him of foul play as well and has her eye on him. Can Harry solve the mystery, save innocents, and keep his own butt out of jail before it is too late?

If you have en
Mar 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
After finishing volume 1 I had to move onto this right away. I have read Butcher's actual novel so I know how this ends, but I got so caught up in the comic version of this I had to keep on going. This book doesn't disappoint.

Of course this is a condensed version of the novel, so again, if you have read it there is nothing new. For me the best part is seeing the art work that goes along with the story I already love. Having read the novel a year prior to reading this I liked refreshing myself in

The second half of Storm Front. It has some design changes from the other books. For example, Welcome to the Jungle and Part I were clearly divided into four chapters and this one isn't. There are quite a few proofing errors, too, like leaving out words or "begins" instead of "beings." Probably wouldn't be noticed by most people, but it felt a little sloppy to me.

Halfway through, the artist changes (from Ardian Syaf who did the other books) to Brett Booth. I personally like Booth's style much
Apr 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the continuation of Volume 1 of the story. Volume 1 reached a good stopping point and did so. Volume 2 picks up immediately following.

Dresden is hunting for the person responsible for several deaths, deaths that can only be accomplished through magic. In fact, it appears Dresden is the only person that could be responsible for this magic. If the demon unleashed doesn't kill Dresden, the White Council will. Exciting possibilities, for sure.

I love the story. The characters are great and ac
This volume picks up where the first left off, so you should know the premise by now. If not, go read that one first! The major thing to talk about here is the art, which changes maybe a third of the way through the book. Ardian Syaf was the lead artist on the series to start, but the property switched hands midway through and that led to delays. Those delays (and Syaf's incredible work) led to a job offer from DC. Faced with working for one of the Big Two companies, a job drawing a book stuck i ...more
Aug 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
Every time I read a Dresden novel I feel I need to take a break because it's so action packed and filled with stress for poor Harry. That man has about 5 people in every book trying to kill him and at least 2 relationships circling the drain, and it is never his fault. Phew! Always tough to read. Anyway, the graphic novels do a great job illustrating this series. I was sad when this second novel's last half of the comic was illustrated by Brett Booth. I have a real problem with his art. Every ti ...more
Jeffrey Jelmeland
I really enjoyed the story, and the artwork was pleasing to the eye. The story did a great job of sticking to the original source, which doesn't always happen with adaptations, so this was nice to find. Under normal circumstances I would have probably given it 4 of 5 stars.

The one major shortcoming of the volume to me was that at least 1/3 of the volume was consumed by "sneak peek" sketches for the next volume. This felt like filler used by the publisher to bulk up an otherwise skimpy volume to
Alright. The comic gig isn't so bad. I am quite enjoying it. In fact, I think I enjoyed two things about this particular comic: First, I am picking up on subtleties that I've missed-- ie: Gentlemen Johnny Marcone's character dynamic that makes him a powerful crime boss (His guilt resulting on the Beckett's kid). Secondly, in the scene where Dresden is in McAnally's bar--was there an ever-so-slight reference to Greywalker? The "Kitchen Witch"? It has been quite some time since I read Greywalker, ...more
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