Rivers of London, Volume 4
CSI meets Harry Potter in this fantastic new graphic novel from Ben Aaronovitch, writer of the bestselling Rivers of London supernatural police procedural crime novel series! An anthology series of stories featuring Police Constable Peter Grant, his partner, Sahra Guleed, and their associates, as they tackle supernatural crime on the streets of London! An all-new adventure for Ben Aaronvitch's laconic, way-past-cool but slightly geeky trainee wizard and budding detective, Peter Grant! Tying directly into the Rivers of London continuity. Aaronovitch is joined by Doctor Who writer Andrew Cartmel for this gripping new series.

Rivers of London, Volume 4 Details

TitleRivers of London, Volume 4
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 8th, 2017
PublisherTitan Comics
ISBN-139781785861710
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Comics, Mystery, Crime, Fiction

Rivers of London, Volume 4 Review

  • Andrew
    January 1, 1970
    Okay I will apologise in that this is a little bit late but I think the cold I have just shifted had something to say about that.Okay so what to say about the next in the Rivers of London graphic novel series? Well for starters as the series of books increases there is finally an nice and simply reading sequence which shows where the various novels and graphics fit in with each other and to be honest as simply as it appears its a great help especially when I am encouraging my friends (those I ha Okay I will apologise in that this is a little bit late but I think the cold I have just shifted had something to say about that.Okay so what to say about the next in the Rivers of London graphic novel series? Well for starters as the series of books increases there is finally an nice and simply reading sequence which shows where the various novels and graphics fit in with each other and to be honest as simply as it appears its a great help especially when I am encouraging my friends (those I have yet to scare off that is) in to reading this series and not getting them overwhelmed with the books. This book however is not as strong I think at least as the others - I think really though it maybe a plan by the writers. Let me explain - the series of graphic novels so far have been stand alone stories which have been contained and completed within that edition. This book however rather is a series of shorter stories which apart from a few threads have very little in common. So you would think that a slim book which has its pages subdivided even further is not good thing.Sort of- however what you quickly realise is that Peter Grant is going through the final stages of his DCI review - nothing new here its been brewing for a while and is in the write up to the book. So in fact rather than a cheap (or at least page filling) series of complications you have in fact the stories that go to form his review and suddenly you have a glimpse in to the progression and evolution of Peter Grant. Now when you stop and think about it - rather than a raging rampaging storyline you have a clever and in some cases subtle back filling story giving extra depth and character - something that action or at least fast paced book sometimes over look.This for me therefore is more proof that for all the chaos and magic there are still some very clever and subtle storylines still be had and I can see there are plenty stories to be told. Which I for one am very pleased to see and cannot wait to get stuck in to.
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  • Paul
    January 1, 1970
    Another decent (but not outstanding) Rivers of London collection that should please (but not thrill) fans of the novels. This collection consists of four self-contained short stories linked together by a cute framing device.
  • Margaret
    January 1, 1970
    The most recent offering in the Rivers of London graphic novels series.This one is four separate stories linked by the device of Peter Grant doing his final interview to ascertain whether he is suitable to be promoted to Detective Constable. The interviewer, Detective Inspector Chopra, has a little bit of trouble with the magical aspects of Peter's job:Chopra: I thought they were...Peter: Exaggerating?Chopra: Taking the piss.We get to learn some interesting snippets from Peter's past, get to see The most recent offering in the Rivers of London graphic novels series.This one is four separate stories linked by the device of Peter Grant doing his final interview to ascertain whether he is suitable to be promoted to Detective Constable. The interviewer, Detective Inspector Chopra, has a little bit of trouble with the magical aspects of Peter's job:Chopra: I thought they were...Peter: Exaggerating?Chopra: Taking the piss.We get to learn some interesting snippets from Peter's past, get to see Lesley BEFORE she lost her face, and see Jaget Kumar, Kimberley Reynolds, Abigail Kamara, and Frank Caffey drawn for the first time. It's interesting to me that they pretty much look like I had imagined them.I am now eagerly awaiting the compendium version of the latest in the graphic novels series "Cry Fox".The Rivers of London series just keeps getting better and better.
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  • Sadie Slater
    January 1, 1970
    Rivers of London: Detective Stories is the latest combined volume of the spin-off comics from Ben Aaronovitch's Rivers of London books. This one contains four short, self-contained casefics, recounted by Peter as part of the assessment process for his promotion to Detective Constable. The stories themselves are fairly slight, but they're entertaining enough and typically packed with geeky in-jokes (I was particularly delighted by the law firm "Bock, Loupe and Stag"), and also provides some inter Rivers of London: Detective Stories is the latest combined volume of the spin-off comics from Ben Aaronovitch's Rivers of London books. This one contains four short, self-contained casefics, recounted by Peter as part of the assessment process for his promotion to Detective Constable. The stories themselves are fairly slight, but they're entertaining enough and typically packed with geeky in-jokes (I was particularly delighted by the law firm "Bock, Loupe and Stag"), and also provides some interesting insights into some other characters from the series.
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  • Aimee
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars. Unlike the previous graphic novels, this one contained four standalone stories rather than one case. This made it a little less satisfying, although it did contain some cases from the early days in Peter's career which was interesting.I still enjoyed it, but mostly because I massively fangirled when Peter quoted Lord Vetinari (from Terry Pratchett's Discworld) and my two favourite fictional worlds collided.
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  • Raj
    January 1, 1970
    This volume of the 'Rivers of London' graphic novel series takes a slightly different format to the previous ones. Rather than being a single story, it's a set of short stories, with the overarching narrative of Peter taking his detective exam and these being episodes from his history being told to his examiner (something which works well for comics - as each story is an issue long). This format does let us move around in time, and some of the stories are being told when Lesley May was still Pet This volume of the 'Rivers of London' graphic novel series takes a slightly different format to the previous ones. Rather than being a single story, it's a set of short stories, with the overarching narrative of Peter taking his detective exam and these being episodes from his history being told to his examiner (something which works well for comics - as each story is an issue long). This format does let us move around in time, and some of the stories are being told when Lesley May was still Peter's partner, not his enemy.The focus of these stories is very much on Peter, with the supporting cast taking a background role (poor Molly is relegated to a single walk-on part - even Toby gets more screen time than she does!). This is understandable given the framing narrative but I did miss Nightingale, Guleed and the rest. One thing I did very much like about this one is more time inside Peter's head. It can't be as much as the books, but again the format of this story comes to our aid, as these are being told in retrospective, so Peter knows the outcome and is relating the story.The art is still lovely and Sullivan and Guerrero have become more assured as the series has progressed. The only major complaint is just the usual one - can we have more written word Peter Grant, please? I like the graphic novels and all, but I'd like to see the main plot being progressed some too.
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  • DrCalvin
    January 1, 1970
    This is my favorite of the collected comics so far! Peter narrates four of his cases to a reviewer who investigates whether he is good as s detective. We get flashbacks to the partnership with Lesley as well as other cases, and they all fit the length well. The art is still far from pretty, but the comic narrative, and use of footnotes, works well. The one-page shorts coming between stories were also funny.
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  • Molokov
    January 1, 1970
    A nice mix of "short" episodes from Peter Grants's career, filling in a few gaps between the novels. These therefore don't have the same depth as the longer comic or novel tales, and thus aren't quite as gripping. One or two even have somewhat disappointing conclusions, unfortunately. But the art is great, and the humour is definitely there, so it's still a worthy entry in the Rivers of London canon.
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  • Lotta Andersson
    January 1, 1970
    I always enjoy these. Funny in a quiet, thoughtful way that makes you double take and go back to read again.Peter is up for his Constable interviews and is recounting cases from the past to show how well suited he is for police work.Consolidating all separate issues into this one.
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  • Ken French
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoy this series. The novels are better than the comic books though.
  • Eric Jackson
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent set of illustrated short stories in the world of Peter Grant
  • Pam Bales
    January 1, 1970
    Love Rivers of London novels and since being introduced to the graphic novels, love them as well.
  • Cait
    January 1, 1970
    But does he get it? Answer the tough questions, comic.
  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Really enjoyed the style and links to past stories.
  • Matthew Barnes
    January 1, 1970
    Good to have a series of stories in one volume, rather than just one, and also good for someone just getting into the series.
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