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Rivers of London: Volume 2 - Night Witch Paperback – December 13, 2016
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About the Author
Ben Aaronovitch has written for TV, his credits including Doctor Who and Casualty; his Rivers of London novels have been international bestsellers and he has finally fulfilled his dream of adding a comic to the series; in this he has been joined by fellow writer and regular Doctor Who contributor Andrew Cartmel.
Fellow Doctor Who creator, artist Lee Sullivan, also joins the team. Lee has a long, illustrious career as a comics artist, his work including not just Doctor Who but the likes of Transformers, Robocop and Judge Dredd.
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I enjoyed the first collection of Rivers of London comics, Body Work , but it felt like something was missing -- I'm not sure what. Night Witch, on the other hand, built on that good foundation and topped it. This one felt whole, complete -- there wasn't anything lacking here.
Some Russian bigwig's child has been taken -- his wife is certain it's by someone/something supernatural. They try to take care of it on their own, recruiting Varvara Sidorovna -- well, trying to. She tells them to get the police involved, specifying they request Nightingale's involvement. It's not that easy to sell official police involvement on this couple. The way they go about doing so isn't really that typical, either.
Still, Peter and Nightingale get into things and start turning up all sorts of interesting magical things -- including The Faceless Man and Lesley. Speaking of which -- comics-Lesley? Perfectly creepy.
The story feels a little scattered, but when it's all told, you can reflect on things and get all the pieces to fit into place nicely -- moreso than you can when reading from front-to-back. But it's easy to forgive that because the story is so strong -- and the little character beats are great.
The art is good -- it's great to see the magic --as well as the characters -- in these stories brought to life.
Bev's way of dealing with a home invasion crew of Russian mobsters made me laugh out loud -- I don't know if Aaronovitch could've pulled it off in a novel, or if that's something he only could've accomplished with the help of an art team. Either way, I'm glad I got to read it.
There's not much more to say, a good story with some real enjoyable moments with these characters we want to spend time with. Sure, more novels would be nicer, but these do a good enough job helping to fill the time between them.
All in all it's clever, keeps a solid page-turning pace, and ends in an unexpected fashion the way it seems Aaronovitch has a particular adroitness for.