Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files: Fool Moon Volume 2
by Jim Butcher & Mark Powers
Cover Artist: Pencils: Chase Conley; Inks: Nick Nix & Chase Conley
Review by Gayle Surrette
Dynamite Entertainment Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781606903773
Date: 12 March 2013 List Price $24.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
The graphic novel, The Dresden Files: Fool Moon Vol. 2 is the second half of the novel. There's a page on the story so far that brings a reader up to speed if it has been awhile since reading volume 1, or in my case the novel.
It opens with Harry Dresden trying to get back into the police station in order to somehow neutralize a Loup-Garou when the moon comes up. Someone had destroyed his protection circle and without it MacFinn has no control over himself when he changes to wolf form.
Adding to the fun, Lt. Karrin Murphy has lost faith and trust in Dresden now that she believes he's lied to her. And there's a group of Streetwolves out to get him. Not to mention the FBI agents that are acting a bit strange for agents. Marcone, the big boss of crime in Chicago, want Dresden on his payroll -- or else. And, oh yeah, there's a group of college age kids who want to help keep the streets safe -- and they can turn into wolves as well. They've been taught by MacFinn's fiancée, Tera, another werewolf.
As usually, there's hardly room for Harry to catch his breath, let alone rest before he's caught up in another battle. Many of the characters who play major roles in the novels are introduced in Fool Moon. Dresden is the wizard who protects Chicago and its inhabitants, all of them, from the denizens of the world that exists hidden from them. He cares. That's his defining characteristic and he gives as much as he can to protect all those he loves and cares for.
In graphic novels the art work carries much of the story. Here the art is full color and the original cover art designates the breaks between the original comics. The art has a strong sense of action conveyed with sharp edges and heavy strokes. It's not necessarily to my taste, but it works -- especially in this case where there are so many battles. The tension of trying to keep going almost beyond endurance with attacks, beatings, and struggling to survive, come across with the art adding to the drama of the text.
This adaptation is faithful to the original novel, even though its presentation changes the experience of the story.