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Comic Book: Welcome To The Jungle
Welcome to the Jungle is a four-issue prequel miniseries to The Dresden Files written by Jim Butcher and illustrated by Ardian Syaf.

Chicago could hardly be described as a jungle. But Harry Dresden knows that within and under these familiar streets lie a multitude of dangerous creatures — some of them human. When he is called to investigate the brutal death of a security guard at the Lincoln Park Zoo, he finds himself teaming up with one of the local animal experts to find out who—or what—is willing to use black magic to stay on top of the food chain.


Welcome to the Jungle provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Ascended to a Higher Plane of Existence: What the perpetrator is trying to do.
  • Attack Animal: Moe. In both the forcefully controlled and protecting a human master variants. Even more applicable to the big cats set loose under the villain's control.
  • Black Magic
  • Blatant Lies: "We're the police. Anything we do is legal."
  • Body of Bodies: The rawhead.
  • Book Ends: The Big Bad's first and last appearances are as a shadow seen in profile.
  • Danger Takes A Back Seat: HELL'S BELLS GIANT BLACK SUPERNATURAL DOG...
  • The Dog Bites Back: In this case, an angry gorilla. An extremely angry gorilla.
  • Duct Tape for Everything
  • Escort Mission: Harry, being chivalrous to a fault, takes it upon himself to protect Will when it's clear she's become a target.
  • Exactly What I Aimed At: Harry's desperate bolt of energy whips past the hag he was apparently aiming at—but hits a support pillar with enough force to bring the tunnel ceiling down on her ugly head.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Harry's assistant in this case is a zookeeper named Will. Short for Wilhelmina.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: The dismemberment of a couple of hags is shown only in shadow.
  • Hell Hound: A supernatural black dog attacks Harry as he's almost pieced things together.
  • Killer Gorilla: Averted. The initial suspect is a male gorilla named Moe, and it is stated that he is territorial regarding his family unit, but he is gentle with the zoo employees. That said, he is Not Happy when he sees a hag threatening Will, and rips it to pieces.
  • Made of Plasticine: To be fair, if a gorilla wants to rip you apart, you will come apart.
  • Mirror Monster: The Black Dog gets into the Blue Beetle using the rear-view mirror.
  • No Body Left Behind: Supernatural creatures, once killed, dissolve into a sort of ectoplasm and fade away.
  • Power Trio: The three hags make an evil variant.
  • Perma Stubble: Harry's chin is in fine form here.
  • Shout-Out
  • Symbol Swearing: In the narration:
    "Three of them. I'm *@&$ed."
  • This Bear Was Framed: The comic starts with a zoo security guard being found dead outside the gorilla pen, with blood on one of the gorillas. Finding it odd that a murderous animal would, after breaking out of its pen and killing a man, then proceed to go back into its cage and re-secure the doors, Murphy calls in Dresden to figure out what really happened.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!:
    Harry: Welcome to the jungle, bitch.
  • Weaponized Animal
  • Your Size May Vary: Will's height varies wildly. One frame shows her coming up to Harry's nose, which would put her at around 6'3" to 6'4". Another frame on the next page, which also shows her standing right next to Harry, has the top of her head barely come up to his shoulders, which would put her height somewhere around 5'8" to 5'10".

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