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REVIEW: Dresden Files: Wild Card #1


REVIEW: Dresden Files: Wild Card #1


Book Description: Harry Dresden, a cross between a wizard and a detective, investigates the death of two young women with the help of his team.

Book Author: Jim Butcher and Mark Powers

Book Format: Paperback

Publisher - Orgnization: Dynamite Comics

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Illustrator: Carlos Gomez

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  • Cover Art
  • Dialogue
  • Mechanics
  • Editing


From time to time my friends suggest I check out different titles. I welcome the suggestions as a deviation from my comfort zones. As much as I would love to, I can’t just read and write about G.I. Joe and Transformers books all the time. 

One of my friends has been on a binge with novels of The Dresden Files. I told them that I would read an issue as soon as I came across one. Enter: a box of geeky goodness from one of my favorite online sellers with a copy of Dresden Files: Wild Card #1 in it.

My first impression of Dresden Files: Wild Card #1 was that the cover doesn’t scream, “Notice me!” as much as it should. The artwork on it is well done. The theme of the cover needs more gravitas to keep someone’s attention.

The story reminded me of a crime drama show (CSI, NCIS, Criminal Minds , etc.) mashed up with Harry Potter  and Van Helsing. I didn’t know the characters well enough to understand the dynamics between the team. Even so it was relatively easy to decipher what was happening in the story.

I found the artwork to be solid throughout the issue. The giant owl was an especially nice touch. The lettering is terrific. A couple more editor’s notes would have been helpful for newcomers to the series. A new reader isn’t going to be lost without them though.

After reading this I can definitely understand why my friend likes the Dresden Files Universe. It has a little bit of everything. As a geek on a budget I am curious about this title. It’s solid in every aspect… except for having a hook. I want to give it another issue to see if it leaves me wanting more at that point.

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I grew up loving all things geek. I started reading and collecting comics when I was 8. My personal collection has roughly 8,000 books in it. When I’m not doing something geek-related I love spending time with my amazing wife and kids, gaming, and working on cross stitch projects.

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