Dynamite's all-original Dresden Files story Down Town is being collected into a hardcover graphic novel. The story was conceived of by Dresden creator Jim Butcher and co-written with Mark Powers (G.I. Joe). The series was drawn by Carlos Gomez (Deadpool) and is in-continuity with all of the Dresden novels written by Butcher. It tells the tale of Harry Dresden's mystical run-in with Chicago mobsters.
"This was a fun project, because we got to play with a Dresden that was much closer to the character as he exists in the most recent books," says Jim Butcher. "We got to see both Mouse and Molly in action, to show Marcone demonstrating why he's the Baron of Chicago, and to pit Dresden against an archetypical foe of the Wardens of the White Council, a power-maddened warlock. We get to go on an adventure in Undertown, the Stygian labyrinth beneath Chicago, and in general have all the monsters, adventure, and uneasy alliances that are what the readers of The Dresden Files have come to expect from the stories."
In Down Town, Chicago wizard-for-hire Harry Dresden and his new apprentice, Molly Carpenter, intend to end the havoc caused by a mad sorcerer – one whose ambitions would have the Windy City streets carved out as his own private kingdom. But when the magical upstart enters into an alliance with the notorious mob boss "Gentleman Johnnie" Marcone, the fast-and-loose Dresden and his young charge must do everything in their power to survive unscathed. With bonus features including Jim Butcher's original story outline, sketchbook artwork from Carlos Gomez, and a cover gallery with roughs from Stjepan Sejic, Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files: Down Town hardcover graphic novel will be available in a Regular Edition and a special Signed Limited Edition. "I loved the way the story came out, and I look forward to creating more graphic novels with Dynamite!" says Butcher.
Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files: Down Town will be solicited in the July Previews catalog for shipping in September 2015.