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Harry Dresden`s life is a mess. His top client (and close friend), Lt. Karrin Murphy, no longer trusts him. Chicago`s underworld and the cops alike think he's mobster Johnny Marcone's supernatural enforcer. And the enigmatic White Council continues to view him with suspicion. If all that weren't enough, a pack of werewolves have unleashed a wave of terror on the Windy City Harry Dresden`s life is a mess. His top client (and close friend), Lt. Karrin Murphy, no longer trusts him. Chicago`s underworld and the cops alike think he's mobster Johnny Marcone's supernatural enforcer. And the enigmatic White Council continues to view him with suspicion. If all that weren't enough, a pack of werewolves have unleashed a wave of terror on the Windy City. But as is always the case when it comes to the creatures of the Nevernever, there's far more going on than meets the eye. Before it's all over, Harry will find himself caught between friends, enemies, and arcane forces bent on his destruction. Is it any wonder he can't find a date? Expanding on Book Two of Jim Butcher's New York Times bestselling saga, and featuring writer Mark Powers and artist Chase Conley, Fool Moon collects the first half of the 8-issue series in one volume, complete with bonus material and a cover gallery.


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Harry Dresden`s life is a mess. His top client (and close friend), Lt. Karrin Murphy, no longer trusts him. Chicago`s underworld and the cops alike think he's mobster Johnny Marcone's supernatural enforcer. And the enigmatic White Council continues to view him with suspicion. If all that weren't enough, a pack of werewolves have unleashed a wave of terror on the Windy City Harry Dresden`s life is a mess. His top client (and close friend), Lt. Karrin Murphy, no longer trusts him. Chicago`s underworld and the cops alike think he's mobster Johnny Marcone's supernatural enforcer. And the enigmatic White Council continues to view him with suspicion. If all that weren't enough, a pack of werewolves have unleashed a wave of terror on the Windy City. But as is always the case when it comes to the creatures of the Nevernever, there's far more going on than meets the eye. Before it's all over, Harry will find himself caught between friends, enemies, and arcane forces bent on his destruction. Is it any wonder he can't find a date? Expanding on Book Two of Jim Butcher's New York Times bestselling saga, and featuring writer Mark Powers and artist Chase Conley, Fool Moon collects the first half of the 8-issue series in one volume, complete with bonus material and a cover gallery.

30 review for Jim Butcher's Dresden Files: Fool Moon, Vol. 1 (Graphic Novel)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    A pretty faithful translation of the novel to the comic. I definitely suggest reading the novel first though as the Dresden Files are fantastic. I always liked how Butcher mixes in the various types of werewolves. Going back to read this again, you can really see how you lays the groundwork for reoccurring characters. The art is dark and alternates between cartoony and moody. I still feel like they haven't gotten Dresden's look just right. A pretty faithful translation of the novel to the comic. I definitely suggest reading the novel first though as the Dresden Files are fantastic. I always liked how Butcher mixes in the various types of werewolves. Going back to read this again, you can really see how you lays the groundwork for reoccurring characters. The art is dark and alternates between cartoony and moody. I still feel like they haven't gotten Dresden's look just right.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    Excellent An excellent graphic novel version of a excellent book, been along time since I read the book so it’s a nice refresher.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More)

    This is the graphic novel version of the second book in the Dresden Files series. I loved the book and the graphic novel does a satisfying job of representing the prose version. Of course, the story is paired down, but the artwork makes up for it. It's interesting the way Dresden is represented in the graphic novel. It's not quite how I see him. He's more macho and superheroic-looking in this incarnation. One notable aspect of book is the action scenes. Right on par with the written narrative. T This is the graphic novel version of the second book in the Dresden Files series. I loved the book and the graphic novel does a satisfying job of representing the prose version. Of course, the story is paired down, but the artwork makes up for it. It's interesting the way Dresden is represented in the graphic novel. It's not quite how I see him. He's more macho and superheroic-looking in this incarnation. One notable aspect of book is the action scenes. Right on par with the written narrative. The colors are vivid and active. In conclusion, these graphic novels don't take the place of the prose books, but they are a nice adjunct to them.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    I’m not a fan of the artwork but still enjoyable.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mitchell

    I guess Dresden Files has finally grown on me. I'm not sure I would have appreciated this story nearly as much if I had read it first. But reading it now, it's like visiting with an old friend. It is a pretty direct interpretation of the book it is based on. But a good one. And they have managed to capture how tall Dresden is at least some of the time. And we get to see a whole bunch more of the cast. Our first look at the werewolves as humans is actually pretty good. I guess Dresden Files has finally grown on me. I'm not sure I would have appreciated this story nearly as much if I had read it first. But reading it now, it's like visiting with an old friend. It is a pretty direct interpretation of the book it is based on. But a good one. And they have managed to capture how tall Dresden is at least some of the time. And we get to see a whole bunch more of the cast. Our first look at the werewolves as humans is actually pretty good.

  6. 5 out of 5

    ♛ Garima ♛

    No matter how hard I try, I cannot get into this...it feels like there is a lot of background story and it doesn't feel like reading #1... No matter how hard I try, I cannot get into this...it feels like there is a lot of background story and it doesn't feel like reading #1...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kales

    I had no idea these graphic novels existed! I found them at a used book store and bought as many of them as I could. It was something that I probably shouldn't have done but at half off, I couldn't help myself. I am a big fan of Jim Butcher and specifically The Dresden Files. This is such a great new way to enjoy the series. It's something I never thought I would want from this series but now that I have it I can't stop wanting more. I will say the art was not specifically in a style I enjoy or a I had no idea these graphic novels existed! I found them at a used book store and bought as many of them as I could. It was something that I probably shouldn't have done but at half off, I couldn't help myself. I am a big fan of Jim Butcher and specifically The Dresden Files. This is such a great new way to enjoy the series. It's something I never thought I would want from this series but now that I have it I can't stop wanting more. I will say the art was not specifically in a style I enjoy or am drawn to, but I love this story so much that I just don't care. Graphic novels are so underrated in the literary world but if it was possible for me to love this story even more, I do. It feels like Dresden should have always been a visual story, like a movie, script, or graphic novel. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the novels and always will. I just enjoyed this particular interpretation of them even more. Finally, the bonus material in the back was the best treat. I loved seeing the script fragments and samples. It was so cool. Made me want to write my own graphic novel. And you could hear Jim Butcher's voice in them too. It's such a great series and I wish the graphic novels were more popular so that there were more of them. Conclusion: Keep

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sara Thompson

    If you followed any of the Dresden Files formats from the books to the tv show, then the graphic novels are a perfect addition. I love these books. The only complaint I have is they are not long enough. This particular volume is equal to four issues. Fool Moon starts with a series of deaths that occur during the full moon. Dresden suspects a werewolf but he doesn’t know that much about them. The killer might be a werewolf but Dresden’s going to discover that there are many types and he has no ide If you followed any of the Dresden Files formats from the books to the tv show, then the graphic novels are a perfect addition. I love these books. The only complaint I have is they are not long enough. This particular volume is equal to four issues. Fool Moon starts with a series of deaths that occur during the full moon. Dresden suspects a werewolf but he doesn’t know that much about them. The killer might be a werewolf but Dresden’s going to discover that there are many types and he has no idea how many are in Chicago. I love the humor and the realism Jim Butcher tosses into his fantasy/mystery stories. I so wish the tv show had lasted because I just love the character. Time to dig into more of the books but do I really have time for another series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cale

    The adaptations of the Dresden Files books continues here, but it doesn't work quite as well as the first book did - the visuals here aren't as inspiring of the artwork, and the look of Murphy and Susan (and Dresden) is pretty different from the first collections, to greater and lesser advantage depending on the character. The writing still comes almost word for word from the book, which is good, and the abridging manages to wipe out some of Butcher's more annoying habits from the earlier collec The adaptations of the Dresden Files books continues here, but it doesn't work quite as well as the first book did - the visuals here aren't as inspiring of the artwork, and the look of Murphy and Susan (and Dresden) is pretty different from the first collections, to greater and lesser advantage depending on the character. The writing still comes almost word for word from the book, which is good, and the abridging manages to wipe out some of Butcher's more annoying habits from the earlier collections. It's still kind of annoying to see each book broken into two volumes, but it does let the story breathe, which is probably for the best. So all in all, a decent adaptation of a decent book that doesn't add a whole lot to the original novel, but definitely doesn't hurt it either.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Cora Pop

    Quite intense and I loved the graphics, but... ...volume 2 is 32$ CAD on amazon.ca I know the Canadian dollar is very low these days, but still... I'd love to read the rest of it, because I loved volume one, so I'll have to ask the library to buy it... Quite intense and I loved the graphics, but... ...volume 2 is 32$ CAD on amazon.ca I know the Canadian dollar is very low these days, but still... I'd love to read the rest of it, because I loved volume one, so I'll have to ask the library to buy it...

  11. 5 out of 5

    Bob

    Bad story. The comic had unnecessary and excessive gore. Not my thing

  12. 5 out of 5

    47Time

    This author managed to recycle boring old monsters into something not only cool, but modern and entartaining. This story isn't a run-of-the-mill urban fantasy. It's suspenseful, smart and even funny at times. A string of brutal murders are dubbed the Lobo killings. Dresden finds evidence of warewolves of the most dangerous variety. He has little help or tolerance from Karrin Murphy whose past dealings with Dresden are being investigated by Internal Affairs. When the FBI and Johnny Marcone get inv This author managed to recycle boring old monsters into something not only cool, but modern and entartaining. This story isn't a run-of-the-mill urban fantasy. It's suspenseful, smart and even funny at times. A string of brutal murders are dubbed the Lobo killings. Dresden finds evidence of warewolves of the most dangerous variety. He has little help or tolerance from Karrin Murphy whose past dealings with Dresden are being investigated by Internal Affairs. When the FBI and Johnny Marcone get involved, it looks like Dresden can't catch a break. He won't give up the fight through. (view spoiler)[The FBI has more info on the murders, but their lead guy Denton isn't sharing it with Dresden. Agent Roger Harris agrees to work with Dresden unofficially if the latter looks into a feared street gang named Street-Wolves. They aren't involved in the killings, but that doesn't prevent Dresden from making a new enemy. When one of Dresden's friends turns up dead, mauled by the warewolf Harley MacFinn, the author of the Lobo murders, Murphy arrests Dresden for not revealing everything he knew about the case. Harley's fiancee Tera West, a woman he saw in the metro with the other warewolfs, helps him escape. Tera needs Dresden to keep Harley under control before he kills again on the next full moon. She keeps secrets from him, like the fact she is not human, but also loves him. The police and FBI track Harley down and capture him. Dresden and Tera must hurry to him before the full moon. (hide spoiler)]

  13. 5 out of 5

    Otherwyrld

    I really wanted to like this book, but 3 stars is probably generous. There is nothing wrong with the story, as it's basically a pretty accurate retelling of the novel (as far as I can recall, it's been a while since I read it). The problem is that I didn't really like the art. I felt it was too cartoony when it needed to be much more grounded in reality (ironic, I know, for a book dealing with wizards and werewolves). Also, what worked in the book didn't work so well here, namely the fact that t I really wanted to like this book, but 3 stars is probably generous. There is nothing wrong with the story, as it's basically a pretty accurate retelling of the novel (as far as I can recall, it's been a while since I read it). The problem is that I didn't really like the art. I felt it was too cartoony when it needed to be much more grounded in reality (ironic, I know, for a book dealing with wizards and werewolves). Also, what worked in the book didn't work so well here, namely the fact that there are three different groups of werewolves in this story - the graphic novel makes it difficult to distinguish which group are which. Finally the werewolves were mostly just not scary enough.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Pam Bales

    I've been reading the Dresden files for ten years now, ever since I discovered the series in 2009. Amazon recommended the graphic novels, but I wasn't ready to try those on. I was a fan of comic books from the time I could read, but when they cost more than a paperback, I found other ways to spend my money. They are now available from the library, interlibrary loan, and Hoopla so I have dipped my toe into the pool and found it to my liking. Aaronovich's River of London series, Kirkman's Walking I've been reading the Dresden files for ten years now, ever since I discovered the series in 2009. Amazon recommended the graphic novels, but I wasn't ready to try those on. I was a fan of comic books from the time I could read, but when they cost more than a paperback, I found other ways to spend my money. They are now available from the library, interlibrary loan, and Hoopla so I have dipped my toe into the pool and found it to my liking. Aaronovich's River of London series, Kirkman's Walking Dead, and now Butcher's the Dresden File are a chunk of my reading time. The graphic novels are as entertaining as the novels.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Molli B.

    I saw this at the library and figured I’d give this book a try in this format. Why not?? This is only part one of two, but the story is good so far. Werewolves! I still don’t know how I feel about Murphy. I know she’s his friend but she’s so up and down and all over—she was in book one, too. I think I have to stop expending emotional energy on trying to like her and expecting her to be on Harry’s side. It’s tiring. The art in this is the kind I’m used to from cape comics. It works for this kind I saw this at the library and figured I’d give this book a try in this format. Why not?? This is only part one of two, but the story is good so far. Werewolves! I still don’t know how I feel about Murphy. I know she’s his friend but she’s so up and down and all over—she was in book one, too. I think I have to stop expending emotional energy on trying to like her and expecting her to be on Harry’s side. It’s tiring. The art in this is the kind I’m used to from cape comics. It works for this kind of gritty story. Also, maybe it makes all of the physics-defying large breasts seem less out of place.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ford Miller

    Great adaptation! Part one of two that adapts the second Dresden book full moon. This is a great story and introduces some of Dresden's long term friends of the Dresden files novels. Great job on keeping the feel of the novel but art work is bit off. Great adaptation! Part one of two that adapts the second Dresden book full moon. This is a great story and introduces some of Dresden's long term friends of the Dresden files novels. Great job on keeping the feel of the novel but art work is bit off.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    There was something fun about rereading this story in a different format. Loved it both as a book and a graphic novel. Even if most of the characters look nothing like they do in my head

  18. 5 out of 5

    K

    This is another of Butcher's Dresden Files novels that's been adapted into a graphic novel. Again, it's like having an illustrated Cliff Notes version of the book. It's a good story, but you simply can't get as emotionally attached to the characters, resulting in less of an impact with big events that should pack a punch. Dresden is called in to assist the police in a string of murders...all of the victims having been torn apart on the full moon. Surprise, surprise, we have werewolves in Chicago This is another of Butcher's Dresden Files novels that's been adapted into a graphic novel. Again, it's like having an illustrated Cliff Notes version of the book. It's a good story, but you simply can't get as emotionally attached to the characters, resulting in less of an impact with big events that should pack a punch. Dresden is called in to assist the police in a string of murders...all of the victims having been torn apart on the full moon. Surprise, surprise, we have werewolves in Chicago! As always, Dresden walks the fine line of trying to protect Det. Murphy while not keeping essential information from her that would help the case. There's the additional complication that the Feds have been called in and have jurisdiction. They've pulled in a new illustrator, Conley. He does a fairly good job, but we still don't have anyone who can draw Karrin Murphy correctly...she continues to look like a blonde elfin supermodel. I love his werewolves & demons, though. Again, if you want to have a quick synopsis of Butcher's Fool Moon, this is a nice refresher for the plot.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Vikas

    Poor Harry and what now Werewolves and other beings from the supernatural world. This is another wonderful addition to the Dresden Files. I had read the book long back so it was fun to dive back into the world once again. The artwork is very good and suits the world created by Jim Butcher. I finally decided to read few books for Halloween month because I am in India, October is never the horror month for us but I could read a few scary or works set in the supernatural world and this book just fal Poor Harry and what now Werewolves and other beings from the supernatural world. This is another wonderful addition to the Dresden Files. I had read the book long back so it was fun to dive back into the world once again. The artwork is very good and suits the world created by Jim Butcher. I finally decided to read few books for Halloween month because I am in India, October is never the horror month for us but I could read a few scary or works set in the supernatural world and this book just falls especially in the zone. I have always loved comics, and I hope that I will always love them. Even though I grew up reading local Indian comics like Raj Comics or Diamond Comics or even Manoj Comics, now's the time to catch up on the international and classic comics and Graphic novels. I am on my quest to read as many comics as I can. I Love comics to the bits, may the comics never leave my side. I loved reading this and love reading more, you should also read what you love and then just Keep on Reading.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Charlie Moses

    I actually read the omnibus volume that contained "welcome to the Jungle", "Storm Front" and "Fool Moon". Finding that particular edition to write a review for when it is exactly the same thing (except for printing all of it) as in this one wasn't happening. So: yes, interesting to compare what I remember of the written novel with the graphic novel version. Some of the artwork is gorgeous, but that also depends on the artist involved. They don't stay constant, which is the thing that bothers me I actually read the omnibus volume that contained "welcome to the Jungle", "Storm Front" and "Fool Moon". Finding that particular edition to write a review for when it is exactly the same thing (except for printing all of it) as in this one wasn't happening. So: yes, interesting to compare what I remember of the written novel with the graphic novel version. Some of the artwork is gorgeous, but that also depends on the artist involved. They don't stay constant, which is the thing that bothers me most in this format. The other annoyance: the exaggerated figures and overly form-fitting clothes of women in the graphic format. Geez. Are all readers of graphic novels/comics teenage boys or men stuck in that same mental rut? And, yes, I did choose that particular word, with its alternate meaning, with malice aforethought. So: reasonably faithful to the book, with some great artwork and visuals. I'll still take the written novel.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dr T

    A not very impressive instalment in the Dresden Files series. Harry Dresden is the only practicing professional Wizard in Chicago, and maybe even in the whole US. He works with a police detective who is somewhat willing to accept the fact that supernormal forces are at work and behind many of the strange crimes the police face. Unfortunately he spends a great deal of effort explaining the use and limitations of magic and avoiding actually trying to solve the crime. By the time he'd done that, I A not very impressive instalment in the Dresden Files series. Harry Dresden is the only practicing professional Wizard in Chicago, and maybe even in the whole US. He works with a police detective who is somewhat willing to accept the fact that supernormal forces are at work and behind many of the strange crimes the police face. Unfortunately he spends a great deal of effort explaining the use and limitations of magic and avoiding actually trying to solve the crime. By the time he'd done that, I really didn't much care about the crime or the evildoers behind it, much less how Harry goes about solving the case.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Raine

    This comic is not catered towards the lovers of comics but rather to the fans of Dresden Files. Fool Moon was a good Dresden book and this installment is based off that. The earlier Dresden novels all suffer from being limited in scope but I guess that’s what makes them more adaptable to this medium wherein each case can be treated as a standalone. The look changed again from the back half of Storm Front and I am liking this look better Side note: I never imagined that Bill would look like this. I This comic is not catered towards the lovers of comics but rather to the fans of Dresden Files. Fool Moon was a good Dresden book and this installment is based off that. The earlier Dresden novels all suffer from being limited in scope but I guess that’s what makes them more adaptable to this medium wherein each case can be treated as a standalone. The look changed again from the back half of Storm Front and I am liking this look better Side note: I never imagined that Bill would look like this. I blame Jacob.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Adrian

    I read (listened to) Fool Moon quite a while ago, so since I didn’t really remember all the details, I thought this two-part graphic novel series would be fun. It has great drawings and is pretty short. I don’t know why it is split into two volumes, but whatever. Luckily, I can read both volumes back to back. I read (listened to) Fool Moon quite a while ago, so since I didn’t really remember all the details, I thought this two-part graphic novel series would be fun. It has great drawings and is pretty short. I don’t know why it is split into two volumes, but whatever. Luckily, I can read both volumes back to back.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ron

    I have read Fool Moon years ago, but since I can now get the comic at my local public library, I get a chance to read the tale in a new fashion. Still getting used to the artist's rendition of Dresden and company. And having the story break off mid-stream is also disconcerting. But, overall, not a bad way to entertain yourself with a familiar story. I have read Fool Moon years ago, but since I can now get the comic at my local public library, I get a chance to read the tale in a new fashion. Still getting used to the artist's rendition of Dresden and company. And having the story break off mid-stream is also disconcerting. But, overall, not a bad way to entertain yourself with a familiar story.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Thenia

    The Dresden Files: Fool Moon, Volume 1 on Books On Track RTC The Dresden Files: Fool Moon, Volume 1 on Books On Track RTC

  26. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    The book is better (too many holes due to having to fit into space). The art is goofy, inconsistent and I don't like it for that. The book is better (too many holes due to having to fit into space). The art is goofy, inconsistent and I don't like it for that.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Steven

    A great translation from book to graphic novel, hits all the main points of the story. The art was good.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mimi

    Story line – Pretty faithful to original book Fool Moon. Artwork – Most of the time, characters are portrayed with angry expressions.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jana Eichhorn

    I like the novels better than the comics, but this was still a fun take on the Dresden Files crew.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    This is a good story and good art overall. But the change in artists in the collection is really hard to take. Sometimes it's hard to identify Dresden. These artists are wildly different. This is a good story and good art overall. But the change in artists in the collection is really hard to take. Sometimes it's hard to identify Dresden. These artists are wildly different.

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