If you’ve been paying any attention, you know that I have a deep and (probably) unhealthy love of Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London series. So when I saw there was going to be a comic, I searched because BY GOD I wanted that comic.
Luckily, Gary’s Comics came through for me, and I was able to order the series. Of course, since I hate cliffhangers, I had to collect them all (there are five books in this collection) before starting to read. (Also, I got the eBook versions, because… I have no good reason, really.) So I’ve been waiting patiently for these, and finally read them. (I still haven’t been down to Gary’s to pick up the 5th volume, so that was read as an ebook, which I don’t enjoy for comics.)
I’ve always liked DC Guleed, and I’m delighted we get to spend more time with her.
“Nightingale wants me to be more discreet.”
“Discreet? You blew up a tower block!”
“That wasn’t my fault.”
“Covent Garden burns down?”
As you can tell, the dialogue is typical Peter, which I adore.
Will you enjoy this if you haven’t read the Rivers of London series? I honestly can’t tell you. I love this series so much, I can’t look at it separate from my adoration. But if you’ve read the series, you’ll want to check out the comic–especially the little one page comics in the end (often starring Toby) and Peter’s descriptions of areas of London and magic.
Published by Titan Comics
Night Witch (2016) Ben Aaronovitch, Andrew Cartmel, Lee Sullivan, Luis Guerrero
If it isn’t obvious, this story focuses a good deal upon Varvara Sidorovna Tamonina, the Russian Night Witch captured by Peter and Thomas in an earlier book. We get to see what she has been doing with herself AND we also get glimpses into her past, which I particularly enjoyed.
We also get a glimpse into what Leslie has been up to. Not enough to learn, but glimpses.
I enjoyed this comic better than Body Work, mostly because there were some very clever and amusing things done.
We also get many of the regulars including Toby and Molly.
I particularly like the glimpses of Toby’s life.
Published by Titan
And I love how snarky both of them are about the racism they deal with on the job.
But she is pretty snarky in general, which I love.
I also love her complete and total competence.
As for the story, there is a form of black mould taking on a life of its own, in an uppity housing development, but it also goes back to a discussion Peter had with Dr Walid in book two.
“You can’t die of jazz,” said Dr. Walid. “Can you?”
I thought of Fats Navarro, Billie Holiday, and Charlie Parker who, when he died, was mistaken by a coroner for a man twice his real age.
“You know,” I said, “I think you’ll find you can.”
I do love this series.
Published by Titan Comics