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Review Brew: Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files: Down Town #4

Writers: Jim Butcher & Mark Powers
Pencils: Carlos Gomez
Colors: Mohan
Reviewer: Paul A. DiNello

Harry Dresden is back with a new adventure, Down Town. A mysterious blob is menacing the dystopian city of Chicago and it is Dresden’s job to unravel the mystery of what it is and more importantly who created it. He is not alone, taking on Molly Carpenter as his apprentice who has the potential to be a powerful sorceress. Harry still has a huge ally in CPD Sergeant Karrin Murphy, although their relationship is strained from the shadow of the past. All around bad guy and leader of the Chicago underground, Johnny Marcone, has grown in stature and now is Baron of Chicago which of course will make Dresden’s life miserable.

As the war between the Red Court and the White Council rages on, a new monster of supernatural origin is attacking the city. Harry Dresden, our resident wizard Sherlock Holmes, is out to solve the case by locating the monster and stopping its master. When his new assistant Molly Carpenter is attacked by ooze that is drawn to her telekinetic power, Dresden identifies the blob as a piece of the mythical Golem, a protector from Jewish folklore. The Golem junior wants nothing more than to rejoin the whole and this gives Harry an idea. Following the blob will lead them right to the creature. The trail leads them under the city to the vast network of tunnels and paths that used to be the streets of Chicago. Just as Molly senses with horror that the Golem has abducted someone and brought them below, Harry is surprised by an old friend.

Issue #4 picks up the story with an unexpected alliance and sets the stage for the journey to find the creature and to rescue the kidnapped person. Attracted by psychic energy, the threesome are drawn into a nightmare of a trap which is only overcome by some quick thinking on Dresden’s part. The closer they get to their destination, the higher supernatural essence appears. As they come face to face with their formidable foe we are left with a cliffhanger and a want for more. The plot is at once gripping and flows effortlessly as the dynamic between Harry and Molly grows and that old foes might not be what they seem.

Dresden is the brain trust of the talented Jim Butcher who has also brought us The Codex Alera and Cinder Spires series. Here he crafts a well paced yarn with his co-writer Mark Powers. Powers has done extensive editing, penciling and coloring for Marvel on such works as New X-Men, Fantastic Four and Web of Spider-Man.

Artist Carlos Gomez makes the pages come to life with his nuanced images, picking up every detail of not only the characters but the surroundings as well. The colors by Mohan pop with even the hues telling the story.

Dresden’s escapades are always top notch and a great read from start to finish. Mixing detective drama with the supernatural is brilliant and works on every level.

Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files: Down Town #4 will  released on May 13, 2015

4.5 out of 5 Golems

About Pauly D (681 Articles)
Paul hails from Central Connecticut where he was a child of the 80’s. A lifelong lover of all things Sci-Fi, Paul is particularly fond of anything to do with Star Wars and Star Trek. He is also a huge Stephen King Fan. When he is not writing for PCU he is spending time with his wife and two geeky daughters.
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