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Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files Comics Reading Order Guide

Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files Comics Reading Order Guide

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For 20 years, Jim Butcher has been building an exciting urban fantasy world in his series of novels, The Dresden Files. Starring Harry Dresden, a wizard and private investigator who investigates the supernatural happenings of Chicago, the series has gone on to become a best seller and create countless fans.

If two novels in 2020 is not enough for you, then you’ll be excited to know that Dynamite Entertainment has published The Dresden Files comics. Set in the universe of the novels, these follow further adventures and cases of Harry Dresden.

Continue reading to find out more about the comics and their recommended reading order. For timeline conscience fans, I have included notes about where they fit in relation to the novels.

Are These Comics Set In Dresden Files Continuity?

Yes. The comics stories are set in between specific novels and take account what has been happening in them while telling a self-contained story.

Is Jim Butcher Involved?

He sure is! Jim Butcher is closely associated with the comics, plotting with his co-writer Mark Powers. He also acts as story consultant as well, making sure that the comics align with the universe that he has created in his novels.

Are These Original Stories Or Adaptations Of The Novels?

As you’ll see below, there is a mixture of adaptations and brand-new stories. The first few comic stories were direct adaptations, but Dynamite Entertainment soon started releasing brand-new stories.

I have put notes throughout the reading order which indicate if the comic stories are adaptations or original so you can take the guesswork out of figuring out.

Where Can I Find Dresden Files Comics?

You can find Dresden Files comics in all good comic book stores, online stores, eBay, and digitally on Comixology.

Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files: Ghoul, Goblin cover by Ardian Syaf.
Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files: Ghoul, Goblin cover by Ardian Syaf.

Reading Order

Below is a reading order for the Dresden Files comics. Along the way, I’ve put notes in so readers can see how each of them fit into the wider-continuity and the novels.

Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files: Welcome to the Jungle
Written by Jim Butcher. Art by Ardian Syaf.
Collects: Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files: Welcome to the Jungle #1-4

Note: Welcome to the Jungle is an original story that acts as a prelude to Storm Front.

Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files: Storm Front Volume 1: The Gathering Storm
Written by Jim Butcher and Mark Powers. Art by Ardian Syaf.
Collects: Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files: Storm Front Volume 1 #1-4

Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files: Storm Front Volume 2: Maelstrom
Written by Jim Butcher and Mark Powers. Art by Ardian Syaf and Brett Booth.
Collects: Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files: Storm Front Volume 2 #1-4

Note: Storm Front Volume 1 and 2 adapts the first Dresden Files novel of the same name.

Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files: Fool Moon Volume 1
Written by Jim Butcher and Mark Powers. Art by Chase Conley.
Collects: Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files: Fool Moon #1-4

Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files: Fool Moon Volume 2
Written by Jim Butcher and Mark Powers. Art by Chase Conley.
Collects: Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files: Fool Moon #5-8

Note: Fool Moon Volume 1 and 2 adapts the second Dresden Files novel of the same name.

Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files: Ghoul, Goblin
Written by Jim Butcher and Mark Powers. Art by Joseph Cooper.
Collects: Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files: Ghoul Goblin #1-6

Note: Ghoul, Goblin is an original story set between Fool Moon (novel 2) and Grave Peril (novel 3).

Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files: War Cry
Written by Jim Butcher and Mark Powers. Art by Carlos Gomez.
Collects: Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files: War Cry #1-5

Note: War Cry is an original story set after the events of Dead Beat (novel 7).

Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files: Down Town
Written by Jim Butcher and Mark Powers. Art by Carlos Gomez.
Collects: Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files: Down Town #1-6

Note: Down Town is an original story set after White Night (novel 9) but before “It’s My Birthday, Too” short story.

Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files: Wild Card
Written by Jim Butcher and Mark Powers. Art by Carlos Gomez.
Collects: Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files: Wild Card #1-6

Note: Wild Card is and original story set before Small Favor (novel 10).

Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files: Dog Men
Written by Jim Butcher and Mark Powers. Art by Diego Galindo.
Collects: Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files: Dog Men #1-6

Note: Dog Men is an original story set between Small Favor (novel 10) and Turn Coat (novel 11).

Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files Omnibus Volume 1 cover by Brett Booth.
Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files Omnibus Volume 1 cover by Brett Booth.

Omnibus Editions

The Dresden Files comics are also available in omnibus editions. These are thicker editions, which collect three times more content than a regular collected edition. The following omnibus are available:

Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files Omnibus Volume 1
Collects:
Welcome to the Jungle, Storm Front, and Fool Moon

Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files Omnibus Volume 2
Collects:
 Ghoul Goblin, War Cry, and Down Town

Will There Be More Dresden Files Comics?

While nothing has been announced, it’s possible that there will be more Dresden Files comics in the future. The last miniseries came out in 2017 so it would be a large gap between releases, but considering there will be a six year gap between novel 15 and 16 then it’s possible more couple happen in the near future.

I’ll update this reading order if anything gets announced.

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