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Autowahn ist ein neues Abenteuer für den Londoner Polizisten Peter Grant, den Star der Bestseller-Romanreihe Die Flüsse von London von Ben Aaronovitch. Grant gehört einer ganz besonderen Londoner Polizeieinheit an. Als Vollzeitpolizist und Teilzeitmagier bearbeitet er recht ungewöhnliche Fälle – jene, die mit Zauberei und der allgemeinen Verrücktheit, die London bis ins dun Autowahn ist ein neues Abenteuer für den Londoner Polizisten Peter Grant, den Star der Bestseller-Romanreihe Die Flüsse von London von Ben Aaronovitch. Grant gehört einer ganz besonderen Londoner Polizeieinheit an. Als Vollzeitpolizist und Teilzeitmagier bearbeitet er recht ungewöhnliche Fälle – jene, die mit Zauberei und der allgemeinen Verrücktheit, die London bis ins dunkle Mark durchdringt, zu tun haben. Sein neuester Fall beginnt mit einem völlig harmlos erscheinenden Auto, das auf einmal Mordlust entwickelt – ohne einen Fahrer. Aber der Fall zieht Kreise und der unheimlichste Wagen Englands, einige Teenager auf Ketamin sowie eine antike Holzbank mit einer überaus finsteren Vergangenheit erweitern den mysteriösen Fall… Basierend auf der Bestseller-Romanreihe von Ben Aaronvitch


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Autowahn ist ein neues Abenteuer für den Londoner Polizisten Peter Grant, den Star der Bestseller-Romanreihe Die Flüsse von London von Ben Aaronovitch. Grant gehört einer ganz besonderen Londoner Polizeieinheit an. Als Vollzeitpolizist und Teilzeitmagier bearbeitet er recht ungewöhnliche Fälle – jene, die mit Zauberei und der allgemeinen Verrücktheit, die London bis ins dun Autowahn ist ein neues Abenteuer für den Londoner Polizisten Peter Grant, den Star der Bestseller-Romanreihe Die Flüsse von London von Ben Aaronovitch. Grant gehört einer ganz besonderen Londoner Polizeieinheit an. Als Vollzeitpolizist und Teilzeitmagier bearbeitet er recht ungewöhnliche Fälle – jene, die mit Zauberei und der allgemeinen Verrücktheit, die London bis ins dunkle Mark durchdringt, zu tun haben. Sein neuester Fall beginnt mit einem völlig harmlos erscheinenden Auto, das auf einmal Mordlust entwickelt – ohne einen Fahrer. Aber der Fall zieht Kreise und der unheimlichste Wagen Englands, einige Teenager auf Ketamin sowie eine antike Holzbank mit einer überaus finsteren Vergangenheit erweitern den mysteriösen Fall… Basierend auf der Bestseller-Romanreihe von Ben Aaronvitch

30 review for Autowahn: Die Flüsse von London, Graphic Novel Band 1

  1. 4 out of 5

    carol.

    Despite an affinity for both the written word and the visual arts, I have yet to be engrossed in a graphic novel. Quite honestly, I have yet to be even a little bit moved. This is clearly a case of "it's not you, it's me." The artwork is nicely done, the color shading appealing. Panels are shaded sepia and autumn tones if they are memories, a nice trick as Aaronovitch's books incorporate Nightingale's past in Peter's investigations. The narrative voice is set off in rectangular orange boxes, a c Despite an affinity for both the written word and the visual arts, I have yet to be engrossed in a graphic novel. Quite honestly, I have yet to be even a little bit moved. This is clearly a case of "it's not you, it's me." The artwork is nicely done, the color shading appealing. Panels are shaded sepia and autumn tones if they are memories, a nice trick as Aaronovitch's books incorporate Nightingale's past in Peter's investigations. The narrative voice is set off in rectangular orange boxes, a clever device that helps separate Peter's thoughts from the dialogue. I thought the mystery and investigation worked, if somewhat unremarkable. I did like the way the past/present contrast worked for the mystery. For fans of the series, there are bonus "day in the life" pages at the end for other major serires characters. Overall, the story seems to rely on the reader's prior series knowledge in numerous small ways, including an early joke about a lunch packed by Molly. The series also deserves a shoutout for multi-ethnic normalcy, including a professional woman in a hajib. I just found myself not particularly interested, quite a contrast to my Peter Grant experience when reading or listening to the audio books. Undoubtedly, your mileage will vary. In fairness to authors and illustrator, I'm passing on rating, but I'll give myself three stars for trying.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lois Bujold

    Ah, this was fun. What a neat idea/medium for presenting smaller-scale or side stories to the main arc of the novels. Casefics, as it were. London cop and apprentice wizard Peter Grant investigates a puzzling spate of lethal haunted cars, which turns out to have roots in several levels of past history. His boss Detective-Inspector Nightingale is great as always. Also includes some short-short extras, by way of treats. Full-value storytelling. The tale appears to fall after Broken Homes in the mai Ah, this was fun. What a neat idea/medium for presenting smaller-scale or side stories to the main arc of the novels. Casefics, as it were. London cop and apprentice wizard Peter Grant investigates a puzzling spate of lethal haunted cars, which turns out to have roots in several levels of past history. His boss Detective-Inspector Nightingale is great as always. Also includes some short-short extras, by way of treats. Full-value storytelling. The tale appears to fall after Broken Homes in the main series timeline. I am unable to tell how it would work as a stand-alone for a new reader, but really, I see no reason why it shouldn't, and with luck send them back to the opening book. (Which is titled Rivers of London in the UK, and Midnight Riot in the US.) This collected graphic novel is a lavish glossy full-color rendition, excellent production values. Although for a visual interpretation of the main characters, I actually prefer this artist: http://archiveofourown.org/works/4996429 these weren't bad. Everyone was pretty recognizably themselves. Originally published as 5 separate comics, chapters of a sort; I prefer a collected edition, and was willing to wait. My hope for more seems already answered, with an upcoming story called Night Witch, which I plan to nab when it reaches Minneapolis in its collected form. Ta, L.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lyn

    For those of us who cannot get enough of the Peter Grant story, nor fast enough, the producers of Titan Comics have teamed Ben Aaronovitch up with gifted illustrators Andrew Cartmel, Lee Sullivan and Luis Guerrero to give us some very entertaining graphic work. Five comics were combined into one compilation marking the first of the Graphic Novel stories in this expanding universe of FREAKING AWESOMENESS!! This one, about some haunted autos, as well as some Nightingale backstory, follows the gener For those of us who cannot get enough of the Peter Grant story, nor fast enough, the producers of Titan Comics have teamed Ben Aaronovitch up with gifted illustrators Andrew Cartmel, Lee Sullivan and Luis Guerrero to give us some very entertaining graphic work. Five comics were combined into one compilation marking the first of the Graphic Novel stories in this expanding universe of FREAKING AWESOMENESS!! This one, about some haunted autos, as well as some Nightingale backstory, follows the general storyline though is more of a stand-alone than a contiguous part of the ongoing plot. The story is fun and the artwork is superb, I especially like the way Molly was drawn. Fans of the series will also enjoy several short vignettes at the end that feature individual characters and add some levity to the overall experience. I’ll end up reading all of these as I ravenously continue getting all I can of this amazing series.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lata

    2019-01: 3.5 stars. A little episode in the life of Peter, Guleed and Nightingale. I am so glad that Guleed is getting pulled into Falcon cases. This time it's killer cars, with a tie to a situation in Nightingale's youth. There were some funny moments, and while not as dark as the books, there's still evil for the Folly to deal with. 2018-08: 3.5 stars. Not as good as the novels, but enjoyable, and Guleed has a large presence in the book, so I'm happy. And Stephanopolous' reaction to Peter showi 2019-01: 3.5 stars. A little episode in the life of Peter, Guleed and Nightingale. I am so glad that Guleed is getting pulled into Falcon cases. This time it's killer cars, with a tie to a situation in Nightingale's youth. There were some funny moments, and while not as dark as the books, there's still evil for the Folly to deal with. 2018-08: 3.5 stars. Not as good as the novels, but enjoyable, and Guleed has a large presence in the book, so I'm happy. And Stephanopolous' reaction to Peter showing up at the beginning of the case had me grinning.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Caro the Helmet Lady

    OK, let's talk Peter Grant Body Work. Graphics/art work - didn't knock me out of my socks, but it was very decent and neat. I hate airbrushing (I know, I am repeating myself, pardon me) and it looks exactly like one, but it's just my personal dislike that shouldn't influence anyone's opinion. I hated Molly's looks. And actually all characters looked too... generic? Especially Peter, but I guess like everyone else here after 6 novels I have my very own image of him and it's not really a reproach, OK, let's talk Peter Grant Body Work. Graphics/art work - didn't knock me out of my socks, but it was very decent and neat. I hate airbrushing (I know, I am repeating myself, pardon me) and it looks exactly like one, but it's just my personal dislike that shouldn't influence anyone's opinion. I hated Molly's looks. And actually all characters looked too... generic? Especially Peter, but I guess like everyone else here after 6 novels I have my very own image of him and it's not really a reproach, just a frown. Still 2 stars here, sorry. Story - of course it's not fair to compare it to full novel, because it's a different media, so I won't. It was really good and enjoyable. It lacked a bit of Peter's full narration as we know it, but I guess it was impossible to make it any other way for a comic book. It didn't suck though, which is important. And it had plot twists! 4 stars. Humour - it was there! It was still funny and I definitely recognize Aaronovitch's magic touch in it. 4 stars. Something between well deserved 3.8 and 4 stars goes for a general rating and I think it will only get better from now, because I expect sub-plots together with lesser exposed characters of novels being evolved and their story lines expanded. I'm seriously satisfied with the 1st instalment I am definitely ready for more, as well as for another buddy reads. ;)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    “A perfect blend of CSI and Harry Potter“ I read the complete series and one of the novellas/short stories and wanted to see, how and what the comic adds to it. Ok, so I pictured Guleed shorter and lighter, more Middle Eastern looking. And Stephanopoulos thinner and less well dressed. And with dark hair? Peter I picture looking like John Boyega, because I find him pretty cute. Too young for me, but whatever... So, I am pleased that the comic isn‘t that far off on that front. I never had a pretty c “A perfect blend of CSI and Harry Potter“ I read the complete series and one of the novellas/short stories and wanted to see, how and what the comic adds to it. Ok, so I pictured Guleed shorter and lighter, more Middle Eastern looking. And Stephanopoulos thinner and less well dressed. And with dark hair? Peter I picture looking like John Boyega, because I find him pretty cute. Too young for me, but whatever... So, I am pleased that the comic isn‘t that far off on that front. I never had a pretty clear picture of Beverly. I pictured Molly older looking? Undecided about The Nightingale. Anyway, so much for looks. The plot kinda jumps in after the first few books, doesn‘t it? It‘s fun meeting all those familiar characters in the flesh, so to speak... Good artwork, I like the colouring. The plot was not Earth shattering, but solid... I am pleasantly surprised, I hadn’t expected it to be this good. ***Edit: This volume is set between books 4 and 5 of the main series. List of novels and graphic novels in chronological order: http://temporarilysignificant.blogspo... And I looked up Sahra Guleed, apparently she‘s from Somalia—I did not remember that! http://follypedia.wikia.com/wiki/Sahr... The additional one-pagers at the end of my edition that are pretty cute and a little funny. Well worth reading it. I will be reading the next one at some point. I got Volume 5 for free, so I might read that next, as the various volumes seem to be standalone. The numbering of the issues and collected volumes here on goodreads is a little confusing.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Paul E. Morph

    Inevitably, perhaps, this wasn't as good as the novels but it's still well worth a read if you're a fan of the series. The artwork's nice and the characters 'feel' right (even if they don't look how I imagined them... but it's hardly fair to expect the artist to read my mind so I'll let that one go). I certainly enjoyed it enough to read the next collection (which is just as well, seeing as I've already bought it).

  8. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    I will admit that I came late to the party over "The rivers of London" but I will gladly party with the best of them over it. The book series is brilliant although I will reluctantly put my hand up and say I am only part the way through the published titles. So when I heard that the story was skipping over to comics and graphic novels I could not resist. Now I am not sure where I saw it but these stories actually fit in with the series of novels (in fact there are a few veiled references in the f I will admit that I came late to the party over "The rivers of London" but I will gladly party with the best of them over it. The book series is brilliant although I will reluctantly put my hand up and say I am only part the way through the published titles. So when I heard that the story was skipping over to comics and graphic novels I could not resist. Now I am not sure where I saw it but these stories actually fit in with the series of novels (in fact there are a few veiled references in the first few pages) which is great as I get to see the London (and the people inhabiting it) through Mr Aaronovitch's eyes however this also caused a problem. Now I will be the first one to admit I have black and twisted sense of humour and the books of Peter Grant strike a chord over that. However the comics do not really reflect the level seen in the books, now it maybe that the book relies of text and as such can go to town on wind ups and plays on words where as graphic novels are more conservative on words and let the pictures to the talking which ironically means fewer gags. I will admit I did miss them but it didn't spoil the story. I guess when you are spoilt you get to miss it even more. So a great piece of work although a little light compared to the other stories but a strong start which I hope they continue with the next series which I see has already started.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Melania 🍒

    2,25/5 Blah 😒

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sud666

    Rivers of London follows in the footsteps of a rather familiar concept- a secret police force that deals with supernatural events. Rivers focus on a team called "falcon" that is a part of the London Metropolitan Police. In "strange" cases they get called out. Peter Grant is a detective with Falcon and has been called to the scene of an accident where a BMW and driver plunged into the Thames river. Eventually we meet the rest of the team. Of them all I liked Nightingale the best. Det. Grant is als Rivers of London follows in the footsteps of a rather familiar concept- a secret police force that deals with supernatural events. Rivers focus on a team called "falcon" that is a part of the London Metropolitan Police. In "strange" cases they get called out. Peter Grant is a detective with Falcon and has been called to the scene of an accident where a BMW and driver plunged into the Thames river. Eventually we meet the rest of the team. Of them all I liked Nightingale the best. Det. Grant is also a good character. The rest didn't make much of an impact on me. This first Graphic Novel reads like Stephen King's Christine. Apparently cars are killing their owners and many of them are BMWs. I suppose that gives a new twist on the "Ultimate Driving Machine". Anyways, it is not a nefarious German trick to kill British citizens for Brexit. It is quite supernatural. The rest of the story follows them as they go through the procedures for following up on this case. This series does tends to mix police techniques (the terminology and procedures are more realistic than most series of similar ilk) with a X-Files/BPRD type feel. Eventually as they follow the case to its end we are treated to multiple haunted BMWs, Grant's girlfriend who is a river goddess, the rest of their team including the silent psychotic maidservant and a brief background on Nightingale. I won't spoil the rest of the plot. So is it worth it? This first issue wasn't bad. Nothing amazing-but not bad. The art is actually quite good. The writing is decent and sometimes funny. The way they shows magic to work and how it all fits in with these Police Officers is also good. So why three stars? Well..because it's good. Not great. Not amazing. Certainly not original (BPRD, Mythic, etc). But good. Good art helps as well. The one nice thing is that the writer knows London well and incorporates all sorts of London "slang" and tidbits of info. I leave it to my London dwellers to opine on the accuracy. Perhaps I would have enjoyed this more if it were truly original. As the first volume of this series it's a nice introduction. I don't know why they felt the need to include some of the silly one or two page "short stories" that give you some minor background info on characters. It seems forced and added on at the last second. It's no big deal, but I didn't see the need nor did I enjoy the overall level of the short stories caliber, in relation to the rest of the main story. So all things considered-3 stars. If you're into things like BPRD or Mythic...then you'll likely enjoy this one. I might be suffering from "secret organization that fights supernatural shit" burnout. Or maybe this is just another decent entry into that genre, but nothing amazing to see here (I still think BPRD is the finest of this type of story).

  11. 4 out of 5

    AndrewP

    The surprising thing about this graphic novel is that it fits into the Rivers of London series just as if it were another written piece. The events in this book are referred to in the novel 'The Hanging Tree' so to be completely up to date you need to read the regular novels and the graphic novels. I believe there are two more collected graphics so I will be looking out for those in the near future. A good story featuring the case of a 'possessed' BMW. Aareonovitch's London humor comes through in The surprising thing about this graphic novel is that it fits into the Rivers of London series just as if it were another written piece. The events in this book are referred to in the novel 'The Hanging Tree' so to be completely up to date you need to read the regular novels and the graphic novels. I believe there are two more collected graphics so I will be looking out for those in the near future. A good story featuring the case of a 'possessed' BMW. Aareonovitch's London humor comes through in this just as much in the main books and the artists do a fine job of representing the characters. Lee Sullivan says he put some Roxy Music related gags into this comic, but I couldn't find any. If anyone has any ideas let me know :)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    Gorgeous art! This is the kind of thing I want to see when I buy a graphic novel. Excellent realistic detail, vivid colours. Peter Grant is rendered especially nicely (v. handsome and properly fit), and none of the women are overly pinuppy. Beverley Brook is shown wearing something resembling a wetsuit when she’s in the river, instead of something more revealing—yay! While there’s nothing wrong with how Thomas Nightingale and Molly are depicted, I’m keeping the mental images of them I’ve develop Gorgeous art! This is the kind of thing I want to see when I buy a graphic novel. Excellent realistic detail, vivid colours. Peter Grant is rendered especially nicely (v. handsome and properly fit), and none of the women are overly pinuppy. Beverley Brook is shown wearing something resembling a wetsuit when she’s in the river, instead of something more revealing—yay! While there’s nothing wrong with how Thomas Nightingale and Molly are depicted, I’m keeping the mental images of them I’ve developed while reading the novels. (I picture Molly as a bit more exotic, and for some reason I’ve always imagined Nightingale as resembling Bill Nighy.) If you’re looking for diversity, the Rivers of London series definitely has it; and this graphic novel is no exception. It was especially nice to see D.C. Sahra Guleed (and her headscarf) here. And of course, there’s also Toby the Jack Russell terrier, the little yip-o-metre himself. The way the plot was constructed/depicted confused me a bit at times, but it all came together in the end. The story was quite interesting. I also enjoyed the short “Tales from the Folly” pieces at the end, all of which made me chuckle. This was a fun piece of eye candy to help tide me over until the next novel comes out, and I’d definitely be interested in reading another graphic novel from the same team. Re-read after finishing Cry Fox because I wanted a memory refresher. I think this one has the best set of "Tales from the Folly" so far. The one in which Molly is trying to give Toby a bath is just priceless.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Antonomasia

    After 1000 pages of collected Sandman manifested the comic as postmodern doorstop novel, this is back to its more usual mode, the comic as snack, to paraphrase one friend. Souffle-light fun with characters from the novels (including one new-to-me DC, Carey, who perhaps turned up after the third book, the one I was up to). The investigation of haunted cars felt at first like something from a U cert film, but got a little darker and more interesting later. Some details of illustrations, historical After 1000 pages of collected Sandman manifested the comic as postmodern doorstop novel, this is back to its more usual mode, the comic as snack, to paraphrase one friend. Souffle-light fun with characters from the novels (including one new-to-me DC, Carey, who perhaps turned up after the third book, the one I was up to). The investigation of haunted cars felt at first like something from a U cert film, but got a little darker and more interesting later. Some details of illustrations, historical backstory, and extra features such as Peter Grant's guide to various West London suburbs, echo the allusion-thick content of the prose books, but I never lost the feeling of the comic stories as a sketch outline where one is used to the full painting. As I may have said before when I read issue 1, Grant is almost the way he looks in my head, but too slim: I think of him as more mesomorph than ectomorph; and Nightingale really should be blond (he could swap hair colours with Stephanopoulos - that would be just right).

  14. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    It was fun to get a Rivers of London book in a graphic novel format, even if all the characters were not exactly how I pictured them in my head. The story was pretty good, a nice open and closed case all within one volume. It’s been over 6 months since I listened to The Hanging Tree, so this will tide me over until my hold on Lies Sleeping finally comes in.

  15. 5 out of 5

    RG

    Definitely not as good as the novels but if youre a fanboy like me of this series, its always fun revisiting these characters.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Louise

    It’s great to have another Peter Grant story, this time in graphic novel form. The art was quite amazing.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Marta

    I really needed a new Peter Grant story in my life right now, and this has delivered. The story is good, the humor and the characters are all there. The story has the same fun mix of police procedural and spook, this time involving haunted cars that drive themselves with homicidal intent. The artwork was surprisingly faithful to how the characters are depicted in the books, I especially enjoyed Molly and Gulleed. The car mechanic has a great distinctive look with a crumpled face and red hair wit I really needed a new Peter Grant story in my life right now, and this has delivered. The story is good, the humor and the characters are all there. The story has the same fun mix of police procedural and spook, this time involving haunted cars that drive themselves with homicidal intent. The artwork was surprisingly faithful to how the characters are depicted in the books, I especially enjoyed Molly and Gulleed. The car mechanic has a great distinctive look with a crumpled face and red hair with beads. I much enjoyed the coloring as well - so many adult comics are dark and gloomy nowadays, this one bursts with color. You do need to be familiar with the Peter Grant books. None of the characters or locations are introduced, their rekationships, the whole magic stuff, are not explained, there are references to events in the book (“after what happened to Lesley”), and running gags about Molly’s cooking. I loved that Nightingale explained things to Toby when we needed some exposition. Overall, I think five stars is probably too generous as there is nothing groundbreaking here. But I enjoyed it a lot, and this is what I needed right now.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Richter

    The first of the graphic novels based on the book series Rivers of London. Set between Broken Homes and Foxglove Summer . Happily it is a good as its print cousins. The first of the graphic novels based on the book series Rivers of London. Set between Broken Homes and Foxglove Summer . Happily it is a good as its print cousins.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Christa Schönmann Abbühl

    I forgot to put this one up on Goodreads! I read it one or two weeks ago, after finally succumbing and buying all the Rivers of London comics for Kindle. I habe seen the print version of one volume, and it did not look like much. I am an European Comics fangirl and this was not „up to my standards“ graphics and book wise. But I wanted the stories! And now I was much more satisfied with the first one than I had anticipated. The writing is that good, and the graphics serve their purpose. I got qui I forgot to put this one up on Goodreads! I read it one or two weeks ago, after finally succumbing and buying all the Rivers of London comics for Kindle. I habe seen the print version of one volume, and it did not look like much. I am an European Comics fangirl and this was not „up to my standards“ graphics and book wise. But I wanted the stories! And now I was much more satisfied with the first one than I had anticipated. The writing is that good, and the graphics serve their purpose. I got quite attached to them after a while - maybe because I had to glue my myopic eyes to my tiny smartphone screen to actually be able to read them. Anyways, looking forward to the next one, but taking it slow to make them last.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    This is fine if you're a fan of Aaronovitch's Peter Grant/Rivers of London series. The plot felt like something you would find in one of the novels, though it's condensed to fit the comic format. Peter is tasked with investigating a case where someone drowned. More specifically, their car had been tampered with causing them to drive into a body of water. As Peter can sense vestigia (magical residue that's left someone does magic, more or less), he becomes aware that the car was tampered with by This is fine if you're a fan of Aaronovitch's Peter Grant/Rivers of London series. The plot felt like something you would find in one of the novels, though it's condensed to fit the comic format. Peter is tasked with investigating a case where someone drowned. More specifically, their car had been tampered with causing them to drive into a body of water. As Peter can sense vestigia (magical residue that's left someone does magic, more or less), he becomes aware that the car was tampered with by using magic, thus making it a mystery for The Folly (the magical division of the police force). I'm not sure that this would be a good entry point for people who are new to the series. The text assumes that the reader is familiar with the characters and the world; I can see new readers being confused with some of the information that's doled out (ie. there's a mention of Leslie, but new readers wouldn't know - or have any reason to care - about who she is). Otherwise, it's a fun mystery with dashes of fantasy that might intrigue new readers enough to pick up the novels. The art is perfectly mediocre - it's not BAD but it's not good by any means. Peter looked a bit too clean-cut imo (I always picture him as more rugged for some reason), but everyone looked close to what I have imagined in my head reading the novels. As a side-note, I loved that there so many POC (Peter is mixed race, there was a character who wore a hijab, etc.) It was pleasant enough that I'm willing to read the other installments in this format, but I'm not sure I would wholeheartedly recommend it to fans of the novels or new readers.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Wing Kee

    A great little addition and a fun way to put a face to the characters. World: The art is okay, it's middle of the road smaller publisher fare but it's still not bad, the colors are a bit muddy and the characters could be a bit more expressive. The world building is great, it's fairly self contained but does call back towards what's happened in Broken Homes so for fans it's good. Story: Well done for a graphic novel representation of a novel. It's great to finally put some faces to the characters A great little addition and a fun way to put a face to the characters. World: The art is okay, it's middle of the road smaller publisher fare but it's still not bad, the colors are a bit muddy and the characters could be a bit more expressive. The world building is great, it's fairly self contained but does call back towards what's happened in Broken Homes so for fans it's good. Story: Well done for a graphic novel representation of a novel. It's great to finally put some faces to the characters (especially Molly LOL). It's a fun little tale that's well paced and focused. Unlike the books which have multiple threads that come together this is one singular case it it's simple and fun. I enjoyed it quite a bit, it was cool to see Peter and Nightingale do magic. Characters: Everyone is status quo here and there's no development, actually scratch that, I'm wrong. Some panels really gave us some insight into Stephonopolous and really humanize her (I loved that she bought treats for Toby and also her adoption book). It really makes her so much more fun in the books now. The rest of the cast were just there was they were in the books and that's fine. A good addition to the book series, good idea Aaronovitch!! Onward to the next book!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Travis Duke

    Good detective story set in england that has magical elements infused. I like the story which follows a detective and his team as they solve a mystery about cars that have some sort of magical power. The story is good, the pace is a bit on the slower side but follows through nicely. The art is very good, it is crisp and well drawn. I was fond of the real detective elements and also the magical elements, its a nice combo. I would be interested to read more.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Stewart Tame

    This had promise, but wound up being rather dreary. The blurb on the front cover from io9 touts it as, "A perfect blend of CSI and Harry Potter," which doesn't reflect well on either (Yes, I'm one of the few people in Western civilization over the age of 12 who hasn't read Harry Potter. Or seen any of the myriad CSI spinoffs. It's not anything snobby, just haven't happened to get to either yet.) This GN was adapted from a prose novel, which perhaps I might like better. Set in modern-day London, t This had promise, but wound up being rather dreary. The blurb on the front cover from io9 touts it as, "A perfect blend of CSI and Harry Potter," which doesn't reflect well on either (Yes, I'm one of the few people in Western civilization over the age of 12 who hasn't read Harry Potter. Or seen any of the myriad CSI spinoffs. It's not anything snobby, just haven't happened to get to either yet.) This GN was adapted from a prose novel, which perhaps I might like better. Set in modern-day London, the story revolves around Peter Grant, a police detective who's part of a special unit who deal with cases involving magic. This case in particular involves a homicidal car ... It's a fun concept, and I like Peter and the rest of the team, but the whole book just feels kind of lackluster. Some individual scenes are exciting, but the story as a whole just seems to plod along. There's very little sense of mystery or suspense. There's also a confusing bit towards the middle of the book where Grant and Sahra arrive at a hospital room, spot a suspect who bolts, they pursue him all the way to the ground floor and out the door but he gets away, so they return to the room to talk with the people, and then suddenly there's another page where they're chasing the guy through the hospital and returning to the room again. Perhaps this was where a break between issues of the comic occurred? But there's no splash page or break or anything to indicate that, just one page right into the next. Bang! Sloppy storytelling any way you look at it. I like the ideas and the characters, but the storytelling is poor. Not sure if that's Aaronovitch or the team that adapted this to blame. You may enjoy this more than I did, but I can't really recommend it.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    I really enjoyed this. I think they did a good job of writing a story that was scaled to fit within the bounds of the comic format. The art was striking, the glow of light and shadow on the faces was especially fine. Peter and Nightingale didn't look exactly as I imagined them, but it wasn't a difference that mattered to me at all, it was within a range that was very reasonable, and the art was so great that it just didn't matter. Beverly was fantastic, so strong and stunning. Toby (the dog) was I really enjoyed this. I think they did a good job of writing a story that was scaled to fit within the bounds of the comic format. The art was striking, the glow of light and shadow on the faces was especially fine. Peter and Nightingale didn't look exactly as I imagined them, but it wasn't a difference that mattered to me at all, it was within a range that was very reasonable, and the art was so great that it just didn't matter. Beverly was fantastic, so strong and stunning. Toby (the dog) was adorable. Molly was a great mix of pretty and a little sharp and intense. I really enjoyed Peter's partner for the story, Constable Sahra Guleed, a quick-witted hijab-wearing Muslim. The fact that some people don't react to Peter and Sahra as POC as respectfully as they should for police officers was dealt with in an appropriate way. I always appreciate that this series seems to reflect a realistic London full of people of many backgrounds, skin colors and nationalities, much more than most series I read, and it was good to see that representation in vivid color. Aaronovitch also always has women in positions of power and with equal ability and strengths, with no fuss, also just as a natural part of the stories he writes. I'm a big fan of the novels in this series and I hope they continue to produce these complimentary comic series, it's very well done and a lot of fun.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Marjolein

    Read all my reviews on http://urlphantomhive.booklikes.com I'm a big fan of the Rivers of London series, but I did hesitate a little before ordering Body Work, the first of a series of graphic novels that tell additional stories to the main series. I'm not always pleased with the way an artist interprets characters, so I was not sure I would like this graphic novel. I needn't worry. It was great. Body Work, together with its sequel Night Witch, gave me one of the most relaxing evenings of the y Read all my reviews on http://urlphantomhive.booklikes.com I'm a big fan of the Rivers of London series, but I did hesitate a little before ordering Body Work, the first of a series of graphic novels that tell additional stories to the main series. I'm not always pleased with the way an artist interprets characters, so I was not sure I would like this graphic novel. I needn't worry. It was great. Body Work, together with its sequel Night Witch, gave me one of the most relaxing evenings of the year so far (read it while listening to Gymnopedies, the world seemed perfect for a moment). In all seriousness though, I really liked it. It is not necessary to read this for the story I guess (but I can't be sure as I haven't read Foxglove Summer yet - yes, still waiting for that right edition). Peter and his friends investigate 'England's most haunted car'. Also, there are some very very short stories in it as well. I suppose there's one at the end of each issue, but since I read the volume edition, I can't be sure.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Siobhan

    I’m a big fan of the Peter Grant series, and yet I’ve avoided the graphic novels for one reason: I’m not a fan of graphic novels. I’ve tried to get into them a few times, yet I find it extremely difficult. I can understand the appeal, I can see why there are so many graphic novel fans out there, but I doubt I will ever be one. Nevertheless, my curiosity about the Peter Grant graphic novels remained. Thus, I decided it was time to borrow Body Work from the library. With this one, it’s very much a I’m a big fan of the Peter Grant series, and yet I’ve avoided the graphic novels for one reason: I’m not a fan of graphic novels. I’ve tried to get into them a few times, yet I find it extremely difficult. I can understand the appeal, I can see why there are so many graphic novel fans out there, but I doubt I will ever be one. Nevertheless, my curiosity about the Peter Grant graphic novels remained. Thus, I decided it was time to borrow Body Work from the library. With this one, it’s very much a case of “it’s not you, it’s me”. As I’ve stated, I’m not a graphic novel fan. Although this was a nice addition to the Peter Grant storyline, it didn’t do much for me. There was no point where my feelings reached the high they do when I am reading one of the novels. It was okay, but it was not enough to blow my mind – making it a rounded down two-point-five-star rating. If you do enjoy graphic novels and you’re a fan of the Peter Grant stories, then you should certainly give the graphic novels a read – it is a nice extra for fans, but it is not something I will be reading more of.

  27. 4 out of 5

    ambyr

    I really love the art here--the action scenes are clearly blocked, and the characters all suit my mental images nicely (except perhaps Nightingale). The page layouts sometimes got a bit overly busy, and there were a few places where I thought cutting some panels would have smoothed the pacing and made for a stronger story over all. But for the most part I enjoyed the shift in medium. The plot, on the other hand . . . did not hang together all that well. But then, that's true for the plots in the I really love the art here--the action scenes are clearly blocked, and the characters all suit my mental images nicely (except perhaps Nightingale). The page layouts sometimes got a bit overly busy, and there were a few places where I thought cutting some panels would have smoothed the pacing and made for a stronger story over all. But for the most part I enjoyed the shift in medium. The plot, on the other hand . . . did not hang together all that well. But then, that's true for the plots in the mainline novels, too. I read those for character voice; I'm happy to read these for art.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    I thought this was an adaptation of Midnight Riot when I picked it up. It was a pleasant surprise to have a whole new story with Peter Grant and Nightingale. I really liked the artwork for this one-the dark colors and the clear depictions of the action. Peter looked great. Nightingale and Molly looked more severe than I had imagined them but were still drawn well. The main story was good, and the short stories at the end were great fun. This book made me eager to get caught up on the novels.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    3.5 stars. Good graphic novel addition to the series. I just wish I'd known about the graphic novels before I read The Hanging Tree - guess I'll just have to reread it with the proper context. :) 3.5 stars. Good graphic novel addition to the series. I just wish I'd known about the graphic novels before I read The Hanging Tree - guess I'll just have to reread it with the proper context. :)

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ekmef

    This was a very enjoyable read, it has the same feeling as an actual Peter Grant novel but now it's illustrated. The only drawback is that the story itself can be quite graphic, and for me, reading an intense description (people dying in a specific way) is less bothersome than seeing the scene itself.

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