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Rivers of London

 

Body Work (2015), Night Witch (2016), Black Mould (2017), Detective Stories (2017), Cry Fox (2017-2018)

My Reviews for all of Rivers of London

 

Body Work (2015) Ben Aaronovitch, Andrew Cartmel, Lee Sullivan, and Luis Gurrero

Rivers-of-London-Body-WorkIf 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.)

Boyd-Work-GuleedThis story is set between Broken Homes and Foxglove Summer, and finds Peter working with DC Sahra Guleed to investigate killer cars.

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?”

“Sshhh.”

As you can tell, the dialogue is typical Peter, which I adore.

body-work-mollyOf course we also get Beverly Brook, but even better, we get to see Molly outside of Peter’s view of her.

Rivers-of-London-TobyPlus: Toby.

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.
Rating: 9/10

Published by Titan Comics

Night Witch (2016) Ben Aaronovitch, Andrew Cartmel, Lee Sullivan, Luis Guerrero

RiversOfLondon_2.2_Cover_BYou get an alternative cover, because this is WAY more awesome than any of the actual covers.

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.

Rivers-of-London-The-Night-Witch-issue-1-pic-4We also get a glimpse into what Leslie has been up to. Not enough to learn, but glimpses.

NightWitch1_Art-Preview-1-600x849I enjoyed this comic better than Body Work, mostly because there were some very clever and amusing things done.

night-witch-2We also get many of the regulars including Toby and Molly.

night-witch-tobyI particularly like the glimpses of Toby’s life.

Rating: 9/10

Published by Titan

Black Mould (2017) Ben Aaronovitch, Andrew Cartmel, Lee Sullivan

This comic occurs between Foxglove Summer and The Hanging Tree . It’s also how Peter ends up working more with Sahra Guleed, who I also adore.


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

Re-Read: July 2017

I read these as ebooks, but being able to read on paper made a surprisingly huge difference.

It’s possible I picked up on more things because it was the second read, but I think it’s because I could read it as a whole, instead of flipping through individual panels (which is what I have to do on the Fire, because otherwise the text is too small to read).

Bits such as where the criminal tells Guleed and Peter, “you don’t look like the police” followed by the look they’re giving each other, came across much better for me on paper.

Of course, now I’m obsessed because I recognize one of the album covers on one of the walls, and I can’t figure out what it is.

I also find it much easier to flip back and check things with paper.

But I mostly love that Guleed gets a fair amount of page time, and that she’s a hell of a character.
Rating: 8/10

Published by Titan Comics

Rivers of London: Vol. 4 Detective Stories (2017) Ben Aaronovitch, Andrew Cartmel, Luis Guerrero, Lee Sullivan

The fourth Rivers of London comic finds Peter being interviewed to become a detective.

The gentleman interviewing him is a bit unprepared for what he’s about to get.

There is a lot to love about this comic.

First off, we get to see Lesley–both before and after the accident.

We’re reminded what a good cop Lesley was going to be, before the accident, which makes her betrayal even harder to understand.

We do get to see Lesley apart from Peter’s impressions of her, which is nice, and also her doing things on her own–including talking with Oberon.

Speaking of which, we don’t get a lot of Oberon, but we get more than we’ve seen in the past, which is nice. (We don’t get much Beverly Brook, or DC Guleed, but if this was all secondary characters, we wouldn’t get much Peter.)

It’s interesting to see Oberon’s history, as well as his comfort with himself, in some very interesting panels when he is acting as a model for live drawing class.

The other thing that made an impression on me was the ghost story Peter solves. I loved the way the people from the past were portrayed–most of the scene is in grayscale with a single element of color standing out.

I very much liked those panels.

As far as Peter’s development, there wasn’t a whole lot, but we got to see him passing his tests, and we got to see more of Lesley (I have my own thoughts about Lesley, but that could just be I don’t want to admit that she turned to the dark side of the force just to get her face fixed.

It’s another good entry into the series, and I do recommend it.
Rating: 8/10

Publisher: Titan

 


Cry Fox (2017-2018) Ben Aaronovitch, Andrew Cartmel, Lee Sullivan, Luis Guerrero, Steve White

Rivers of LondonI’ll be honest, I found this story disappointing.

Rivers of LondonI like Abigail, and was glad that she was getting at least part of her own story, but mostly this just felt weak.

We had Abigail, and we had Peter, and we had Guleed, and we had Molly, but it was mostly just teeny bits of each. And there were bad guys, but the mother-son combo were ridiculous, and it was never quite clear why Reynard had a bone to pick with the Folly.

Rivers of LondonI mean, foxes are generally sly and tricky, but Reynard was just nasty. So none of the bad guys were particularly interesting.

And the second blonde girl that appeared was very confusing, since she seemed to appear out of nowhere, and looked too much like the other young girl that Abigail got involved with. I couldn’t figure out initially why the first girl was with Reynard and smoking a joint.

It felt initially like the story was supposed to forward Abigail’s story a bit, but mostly she came off as plucky and self-rescuing without actually developing anything. I suppose it’s possible that he just can’t write teen girls, and that’s fine, because they’re difficult. But on a joint project you’d think someone could have manged to make her interesting.

So, a disappointment.
Rating: 5/10

Publisher: Titan