Rivers of London: Body Work, #1

Rivers of London: Body Work, #1

Peter Grant is one of only two members of a very special branch of London's Metropolitan Police. He is, in fact, pretty much a wizard and it's his job to investigate those shadowy crimes that involve urban vampires, weird folk in the underground and, in this case, why cars are suddenly taking on lives of their own and killing innocent folk!Written by Doctor Who writer Ben...

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Title:Rivers of London: Body Work, #1
Author:Ben Aaronovitch
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Rivers of London: Body Work, #1 Reviews

  • 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.

  • 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

    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

    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

    in the UK, and

    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:

    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

    , which I plan to nab when it reaches Minneapolis in its collected form.

    Ta, L.

  • Caro M.

    OK, let's talk Peter Grant

    .

    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

    .

    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

    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!

    .

    Humour - it was there! It was still funny and I definitely recognize Aaronovitch's magic touch in it.

    .

    Something between well deserved

    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. ;)

  • Orient

    It was good to taste Mr. Aaronovitch humor once more and get back to Peter Grant :) Nice short story. The pics were quite nice, almost all character were beautifully drawn :)

  • 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).

  • Paul

    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).

  • 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.

  • Lynne King

    What on earth possessed me to read this zany book? I actually think that I must have had a brainstorm.

    Yes, I am indeed a lover of London and it looks as if Ben Aaronovitch's raison d'etre is to talk about London but then enough becomes enough as I'm certainly not into vampires. It really is not my genre but I must confess that anything magical still continues to intrigue me.

    Do I like this book? I'm really not sure and so why I continued to read it is completely beyond me.

    Probationary constable P

    What on earth possessed me to read this zany book? I actually think that I must have had a brainstorm.

    Yes, I am indeed a lover of London and it looks as if Ben Aaronovitch's raison d'etre is to talk about London but then enough becomes enough as I'm certainly not into vampires. It really is not my genre but I must confess that anything magical still continues to intrigue me.

    Do I like this book? I'm really not sure and so why I continued to read it is completely beyond me.

    Probationary constable Peter Grant meets Inspector Nightingale, who actually is a wizard with his own department within the police force. So Peter becomes an apprentice. Bizarre things happen, including a poor unsuspecting baby that is tossed out onto the lawn. Fair enough but some of these magical endeavours reminded me of Harry Potter and when the King of the Thames River entered the equation, well it was all too much for me.

    Now don't get me wrong, I'm sure that many people will absolutely adore this book, and it is a part of a series, and many of my friends love it, but regrettably for me, well it is sheer zaniness and insanity.

    Apologies to the author.

  • 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.

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