Rivers of London, Volume 4 by Ben Aaronovitch

Rivers of London, Volume 4

Four self-contained magical crimes, ripped from the streets of supernatural London. From the million-selling Rivers of London novel and graphic novel series by writer Ben Aaronovitch comes this unmissable next chapter in the saga, as PC Peter Grant faces his gruelling Detective exam, forcing him to relive the strangest cases of his career! From foling an aspiring god to confronting a Virtual Flasher, Peter's police history has been anything but c...

Details Rivers of London, Volume 4

TitleRivers of London, Volume 4
Release DateDec 8th, 2017
PublisherTitan Comics
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Comics, Mystery, Crime, Fiction

Reviews Rivers of London, Volume 4

  • Carol.
    Ben Aaronovitch is a talented writer. And a very, very slow one. I try not to complain, because at least his books are dense enough that they tolerate re-reads and re-listens. But eventually, I miss the world of the Folly and turn to the graphic novels. Detective Stories is one of the more satisfying novels to date, at least in terms of story complexity and Ben's voice. Structured around Peter's application for an advanced position as Detective C...
  • Lyn
    Cool as the under side of the pillow.Peter Grant, our favorite apprentice wizard / police constable is being interviewed for a higher rank and so Ben Aaronovitch, the coolest under the pillow practitioner this side of nevernever, uses this setting as a vehicle to tell some shorter stories in the Rivers of London mythos and generally have some more fun while we wait for him to publish his next novel.And the wait is made easier by some well drawn a...
  • Andrew
    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 espec...
  • Roy
    Love this series bur this has to be the strongest offering from the graphic novels do far. Multiple short detective stories from Peters past. Told from Peters view explaining how things got solved etc. Just way too short!!
  • Red Panda
    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.
  • Wing Kee
    I found these quite technical and fun. World: Standard art. But the world building here is good. It's not huge and grand but it fills in the gaps nicely and also gives little character moments that make me smile. The bulk of the story is actual world building with a large chunk in actual police work which I very much enjoyed. Story: Small little single issue tales that tie together for Peter's exam. These little tales are paced well and offer ins...
  • Margaret
    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 ...
  • Mark
    Nice little filler till the next novel comes out.
  • AndrewP
    So far I think this is my favorite of the Rivers of London graphic novels. It's covers 4 of Peter Grant's minor cases with an overall theme of him trying to explain 'Falcon involvement' to a reviewing officer. What I really liked about this one is how Aaronovitch writes Peter's inner voice. Sometimes it's hard to tell if he's really trying to explain modern PC Police terms, or just taking the piss:) Example:"We go back to basics and put some frig...
  • Sadie Slater
    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 "Bo...
  • Marjolein
    Full review to come!
  • Hamti
    Ich verschlinge die Graphic Novels zu der Rivers of London Reihe immer regelrecht. Es ist einfach so schön immer wieder kurze Einblicke in den Alltag der Charaktere zu bekommen, während man auf eine neues Buch wartet. Die Geschichten sind immer mit sehr viel Liebe und sehr vielen Details geschrieben und gezeichnet und transportieren den gleichen Humor und die gleichen Gefühle wie die Romane. Hier mochte ich die unterschiedlichen Fälle und gan...
  • Aimee
    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.
  • Katie
    Another reviewer did an excellent job at summarizing this book: "Another decent 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."This is not a comic series that you can just pick up & read on its own. To have any idea of what's going on or who the characters are, it's important to have read the novels they are...
  • Emily
    Good stuff as always. Could have done with more Nightingale, but this was still an enjoyable collection.
  • Dee
    Part of what I love about these books is the police procedural stuff, so obviously I really enjoyed these little case reviews. Plus bonus Leslie feels.
  • Rana
    Man, this is a bit devastating as a kinda flashback. Poor Leslie.
  • Raj
    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 st...
  • Dan
    This fourth volume elects to tell a series of short stories featuring Peter Grant and the Rivers of London world rather than one bigger story. Aaronovitch uses a clever framing device here where Peter is undergoing his detective interview and shares some past cases. The stories are decent enough and focus more closely on Peter than the previous volumes. He's is retelling the stories in the captions and the stories also focus on the police investi...
  • Ben
    Finally, an actual standalone tie-in for the Peter Grant series that you can read and enjoy and not worry how it relates to the main series! I quite enjoyed this collection of four reviewed cases as recounted by Grant to DI Chopra as part of Grant's detective exam. The stories are short, rather self-contained, feature the wit of the main series and some of our favourite characters (including pre- and post-traitor Lesley May!).One surprise after t...
  • Rachel Redhead
    Four interconnected but not connected (does that make sense?) stories that add a little more detail about our hero/disaster magnet. I like these graphic novels, they can convey much of the story with the art work, though they have the obvious disadvantage of not being able to allow us as deep into the psyche of our hero that a novel can, but them's the breaks. The story is pretty much about Peter the cop with the magic bollocks (aka Falcon) as th...
  • Shannon Appelcline
    This collection of stories about Peter's past cases is really the least of the Rivers of London comics so far. There's nothing at all wrong with it, but the cases are forgettable and there's not much contribution to the overall storyline or world.The exception is when the authors really take advantage of the past timeframe of these stories. The fourth issue is the one that excels, because it gives us a portrait of Peter and Lesley before the Foll...
  • DrCalvin
    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.
  • Andrew Riley
    This is the best of the Rivers of London Graphic novels so far. The comic strip format really lends itself well to short high density stories, and the structure here with Peter sitting for his Detective Interview highlighting the best of his earlier cases allows for quick fire fun story telling. Despite being a look back at Peter's work, there's no wasted ground retreading things told in the main novels.All in all, excellent.
  • Molokov
    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.
  • Karl Schaeffer
    This is the second Peter Grant graphic novel, of the 4 currently published, that I’ve read. This one covers 4 of Peter Grant’s cases that are being reviewed to see if Peter gets promoted to detective. All very diverse. Not all involve magic. There’s some interesting sidebars regarding the history of magic in this universe. There’s also a very small tease for the Peter Grant novella that came out in 2017. This universe is great. Edgy, drol...
  • Kathleen
    Eh - I didn't enjoy this one or follow the stories as much. I may have finally reached the point that I need to get background from the novels before continuing with the graphic novels. I found this one much harder to follow and like I was missing important information. It may have helped if I read it a little faster?
  • Molly
    And now I must wait for this is the last one I have easy access to being out of the UK. I love this comic, I laugh every time I read this kind of story with Peter Grant, he reacts exactly how I would every time I read about a situation he ends up in. The art is great and it’s bright enough to see what is going on.
  • Sarah
    3.5 stars, really. I liked the frame of Peter undergoing his detective review, allowing the book to flash around in the timeline. Still not sold on the artwork but I did like the cover. Some of the cases were a little more coherent than others, but on the whole, a fun collection.