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Best Sherlock Holmes Graphic Novels

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Brent Mccoy
• Saturday, 07 November, 2020
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Reading Sherlock Holmes adventures in graphic novel format is one of the new hobbies of our team at Mystery Tribune. Below you’ll find our attempt to delineate the tip of the iceberg: 18 of the most exciting, adventurous, gorgeous, movingly written anthologies, limited series, and stand-alone stories ever drawn based on Sherlock character.

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Contents

Get ready for an amazing set of books which will enrich your reading list for years to come: 1 Sherlock Frankenstein mystery set in the world of superheroes follows a reporter investigating what happened to her father: The Black Hammer, from New York Times bestselling author Jeff Bemire (Descender, Underwater Welder, Old Man Logan).

Join Dr. John Watson as he meets young Sherlock Holmes in a fateful encounter that will forever shape both men’s destinies! Mysteries and murders most foul abound as we discover clues that reveal just how Holmes became the world’s most famous detective.

The real story behind Sherlock Holmes final confrontation with Professor Moriarty is at long last revealed! Dr. Watson, after the recent death of his first wife, is asked to call in Holmes to investigate a mysterious “ghost” who haunts a French opera house.

But even if the death is some sort of sick hoax, it still means a hideous murder has taken place, which Holmes must solve. Described by writer Christopher Square as “Hammer Horror meets Holmes ”, the series has received numerous accolades from many Comedian followers.

And, over Reichenbach Falls in 1891, he fell to his doom alongside his arch rival, the glory-seeking detective Sherlock Holmes … or did he? Washed ashore in a strange town in Switzerland, Moriarty is alone, penniless, and lacking his network of thieves.

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Will his cunning and guile be enough against Baron von Blenheim, a foe whose ruthlessness rivals his own? Driven by a solemn promise to a dead woman, Moriarty begins a clever campaign of murderous revenge.

Sherlock Holmes and Watson are called in to investigate a double murder at a cabaret in Paris…a crime that has to kept silent. With guest characters such as Oscar Wilde and Toulouse L’Aubrey, the mystery weaves a tapestry of greed, betrayal and forbidden love.

Young Sherlock Holmes Adventures Join the teenage Holmes and his friends in a desperate race to unravel the mystery of the London Vampire before more blood is spilled on the dark, dingy and dangerous streets of Victorian London. Murder, mystery and menace follow hot on the heels of the boy who is destined to become the world’s most astonishing detective.

1: A Study In Pink Adapting the episodes of the smash-hit TV series starring worldwide superstars Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange) and Martin Freeman (The Hobbit). Holmes and Watson seek to uncover the terrible secret that is plaguing their good friend, the esteemed Dr. Jekyll.

When word gets out that the doctor is allowing the deranged Mr. Hyde free access to his wealth, Holmes realizes that something, no matter how improbable, is wrong. Take a nineteenth-century, roller coaster ride chocked full of all the Action, Mystery, and Deduction you’ve come to love out of the adventures of the world’s greatest detective in this new four-issue mini-series.

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Join Sherlock Holmes and John Watson as they uncover clues unseen by police inspectors and solve unsolvable cases. The Hound of the Baskerville, A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of The Four and Valley of Fear (adapted by Ian Edmonton and illustrated by IN Hubbard) are already available in the market, and hopefully, a result of the buzz created by Sherlock Holmes new movie, more books from the series will be released soon.

Sherlock Holmes has been the subject of graphic novels several times during the last century, and we sincerely think this new series has taken the illustration to the next level while being loyal to the original story. He owes his success to good collaborations with other artists from the industry, most famously D’Israeli (Scarlet Traces) and Steve Powell (The Red Seas).

He recently adapted Edgar Allan Poe’s The Murders in the Rue Morgue (illustrated by D’Israeli) for SelfMadeHero’s graphic anthology Nevermore. In 2007, his graphic novel Scarlet Traces: The Great Game was nominated for Best Limited Series and Best Writer at the prestigious Eisner Awards.

This series features classic tales retold with color illustrations to introduce literature to struggling readers. Read two of the most intriguing mystery stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

In “The Adventure of the Speckled Band” the sharp-eyed Holmes, along with his friend, Dr. Watson, is able to save the life of a young woman fated by an evil stepfather to meet a horrifying death. “The Holcombe Valley Mystery” is even more difficult to solve, but Sherlock Holmes comes to the rescue again and saves an innocent young man from a fate he does not deserve.

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I suppose there's an off chance the copy I got from the library was missing pages, however it didn't look like it. There's a large subplot about a visiting dignitary who is the target of assassins, but no real resolution to that story is given.

No reason is ever given for why they were trying I had to pick one word to describe this book, it would be “incomplete.” I suppose there's an off chance the copy I got from the library was missing pages, however it didn't look like it.

There's a large subplot about a visiting dignitary who is the target of assassins, but no real resolution to that story is given. The rest of the book is about the aforementioned subplot and filler where Holmes escape, ostensibly to solve the murder for which he is accused.

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I've just realized that I judge most Sherlock Holmes pastiches by how much I want to bonk the Watson. I've just realized that I judge most Sherlock Holmes pastiches by how much I want to bonk the Watson.

In addition to loving both Sherlock Holmes and comic books, I'm also a major fan of, “Main Character Is Accused Of A Crime And Is Promptly Put On Trial” plot lines. So when I saw this graphic novel at my LCS, it appeared to be one of those things that were written specifically for me. The mystery set-up is intriguing enough: Holmes is found inside a locked room, a smoking pistol in his hand, standing over the body of a man who has just been shot in the stomach.

In addition to loving both Sherlock Holmes and comic books, I'm also a major fan of, “Main Character Is Accused Of A Crime And Is Promptly Put On Trial” plot lines. So when I saw this graphic novel at my LCS, it appeared to be one of those things that were written specifically for me. The mystery set-up is intriguing enough: Holmes is found inside a locked room, a smoking pistol in his hand, standing over the body of a man who has just been shot in the stomach.

That's not to say we don't explore the characterization at *all* -- I appreciated Watson's guilt and despair over not being able to find the answers, and the last few pages with Mycroft are a treat. But I wish the series had continued (I'm pretty sure it started and ended with this miniseries), because I wanted to spend more time with these incarnations of the characters.

Highlights are added that simply do not match the pen and ink style of the artist. It's a shame also because the story is very good. I cannot recall another instance when a comic book has suffered more from the colorist.

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Highlights are added that simply do not match the pen and ink style of the artist. When former Assistant Commissioner of Scotland Yard, Sir Samuel Henry, gravely ill in his bed, received a bizarre, threatening letter from the anarchists claiming responsibility for the bombing and suggesting that they would murder him in his bed at precisely 7:00 p.m. the next day, the current Commissioner acted swiftly.

When former Assistant Commissioner of Scotland Yard, Sir Samuel Henry, gravely ill in his bed, received a bizarre, threatening letter from the anarchists claiming responsibility for the bombing and suggesting that they would murder him in his bed at precisely 7:00 p.m. the next day, the current Commissioner acted swiftly. At 6:50 p.m. precisely, Holmes entered Henry's bedroom to personally ensure the ill man's safety.

At 7:00 p.m., a shot rang out and officers barging into Henry's bedroom were shocked to discover a stunned Holmes, smoking revolver in hand, standing over the murdered and quite dead Murphy. Holmes, to the incredulous dismay of Watson and their long-time professional colleague, Inspector Lestrade, is charged with first degree capital murder and faces execution.

Leah Moore's and John Region's brilliant locked room mystery, complemented by Aaron Campbell's superb, deeply atmospheric artistic renderings, is a welcome and honorable addition to the very crowded universe of post Conan Doyle Shylockian mysteries. The story line, while completely true to the Victorian sensibilities that the world has reasonably come to expect out of the best quality Holmes mysteries, has a very fresh and unique modern flavor that involves some very Machiavellian international espionage.

No satire, no parody, no pastiche and certainly no mere adaptation, this is a very original story that will thrill long time Holmes readers. I'm also certain that fans of graphic novels reading this and encountering Sherlock Holmes for the first time will dash to the book store seeking out Conan Doyle's original mysteries as well.

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The story itself is pretty solid and feels similar to the original Holmes cases. As always, Holmes has the proceedings under control, but must also rely on his friend Watson to close the case and prevent a far more dastardly plot. Sir Samuel Henry has received a death threat from a party that may be responsible for a bombing in London.

The story itself is pretty solid and feels similar to the original Holmes cases. As always, Holmes has the proceedings under control, but must also rely on his friend Watson to close the case and prevent a far more dastardly plot. Sir Samuel Henry has received a death threat from a party that may be responsible for a bombing in London.

Detective Inspector Davis is investigating it for Scotland Yard with Lestrade. Holmes visits Sir Henry's house to calm the man who is also weakened by a severe ailment.

Holmes is later found after apparently discharging his weapon into the bedridden man. Watson and Lestrade are the only ones who are sure of Holmes's innocence and are prepared to break the law to prove it.

He leaves a message with instructions for Watson and is then recaptured to be put on trial. The trial draws a large crowd as well as the visiting diplomat who is targeted by a sniper team disabled by the efforts of Lestrade and Watson.

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After proving his innocence by revealing the plot against him, Sherlock is cleared of charges. The Holmes brothers reach a more far-reaching conclusion that involves the German diplomat: his death was sought to start a conflict between France and Germany.

There is a big build up in the first four issues and then everything is wrapped up suddenly in one narrative from Holmes. Now we expect Holmes to solve the mystery quickly and effortlessly, but this just felt very rushed and almost like the series got cancelled, and they needed an ending.

There is a big build up in the first four issues and then everything is wrapped up suddenly in one narrative from Holmes. Now we expect Holmes to solve the mystery quickly and effortlessly, but this just felt very rushed and almost like the series got cancelled, and they needed an ending.

The afterward and author's note were a nice touch, and Leah Moore even included a Conan Doyle story at the very end. As much of a traditionalist as I am with Holmes, I can sometimes set my feelings aside and try a new story with a somewhat open mind.

Any reader of Sherlock Holmes pastiches knows getting the right mix of tone and plot is a tricky thing indeed for the great detective. I think Moore and Region nail the tone (and the character's voices), but don't quite ace the plot.

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The beginning of the tale works perfectly, with an indelible set up of both a locked room mystery and Holmes himself being the chief suspect. The finale of the tale works well too (the solution to the crime is very nifty indeed), but the middle part of the tale felony reader of Sherlock Holmes pastiches knows getting the right mix of tone and plot is a tricky thing indeed for the great detective.

I think Moore and Region nail the tone (and the character's voices), but don't quite ace the plot. The beginning of the tale works perfectly, with an indelible set up of both a locked room mystery and Holmes himself being the chief suspect.

Moore in the afterwards speaks to the difficulty of using Holmes as a writer simply because he is to dang perceptive, so their trick was to sideline him from the action, which was very clever. Aaron Campbell's art is solid, but mixed with so-so coloring made it hard at points to recognize characters and required re-reading a few parts constantly (seemed like everyone had a brown suit and a mustache!).

Anyway, there is a lot to enjoy here, and I look forward to future installments from Moore and Region! The mystery portion, with Holmes holding a gun on a dead man in a locked room, fits perfectly.

Though the trial itself works well as the climax, and Holmes explanation of the facts of the case comes out well in the format. The art (especially the lettering) seems muddy, although that may be a factor of the e-book version Well, it does seem like a Sherlock Holmes story, but at the same time, it doesn't.

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The mystery portion, with Holmes holding a gun on a dead man in a locked room, fits perfectly. Though the trial itself works well as the climax, and Holmes explanation of the facts of the case comes out well in the format.

The art (especially the lettering) seems muddy, although that may be a factor of the e-book version I was reading. The story is equally muddy; there's a whole section where Holmes is escaping from prison and in costume that is poorly explained/explored.

My earlier review suddenly disappeared, so I shall try this again. The story is good enough, I suppose. We see actions taken by various individuals that all seem to be leading to Sherlock Holmes being put on trial for murder.

I found the artwork dirty and wasn't able sometimes to determine which character was being portrayed on my page without checking the previous panels and the conversational bubbles. My earlier review suddenly disappeared, so I shall try this again. The story is good enough, I suppose.

We see actions taken by various individuals that all seem to be leading to Sherlock Holmes being put on trial for murder. I found the artwork dirty and wasn't able sometimes to determine which character was being portrayed on my page without checking the previous panels and the conversational bubbles.

There are some pluses, including a story written out in the back as well as an article on the appearance of Holmes in comics and graphic novels. It was like an ersatz Conan Doyle Holmes story, and not quite as inventive as the originals.

It was interesting to have constant visual material along with the story, unlike the few illustrations seen throughout the originals if you're lucky. They also did a good job of capturing the Holmes /Watson relationship dynamic and stayed true to the original.

It was like an ersatz Conan Doyle Holmes story, and not quite as inventive as the originals. It was interesting to have constant visual material along with the story, unlike the few illustrations seen throughout the originals if you're lucky.

They also did a good job of capturing the Holmes /Watson relationship dynamic and stayed true to the original. I doff my suitably serious Victorian style cap to them both. Now add to this excellent writing the amazing art of Aaron Campbell.

I doff my suitably serious Victorian style cap to them both. Now add to this excellent writing the amazing art of Aaron Campbell. A classic locked room mystery involving Holmes himself mixed with a plot of international intrigue make for a tricky puzzle for the reader.

Although the ending seems a bit rushed, the reveal of how big the stakes of this case really were been interesting. My biggest complaint about the art was not always being able to tell who was who in many scenes since the men dress very similar to one another.

A classic locked room mystery involving Holmes himself mixed with a plot of international intrigue make for a tricky puzzle for the reader. Although the ending seems a bit rushed, the reveal of how big the stakes of this case really were been interesting.

My biggest complaint about the art was not always being able to tell who was who in many scenes since the men dress very similar to one another. The artwork can sometimes seem dark & somewhat grungy, but I think that this serves well to reflect the seedier side of London in Shylockian times.

The artwork can sometimes seem dark & somewhat grungy, but I think that this serves well to reflect the seedier side of London in Shylockian times. The art style didn't particularly grab me (perhaps it's the color -- this might have worked better in B&W), and some inside references were a bit heavy-handed (like the intersection of Doyle and Challenger featured early in the story).

The art style didn't particularly grab me (perhaps it's the color -- this might have worked better in B&W), and some inside references were a bit heavy-handed (like the intersection of Doyle and Challenger featured early in the story). Still, it's something of an accomplishment to construct a Holmes pastiche without embarrassing yourself, and the authors have certainly managed that, and a bit more.

Giving me 20 points of harsh, calculated judgement. I found this a fair bit more enjoyable than Year One, though Watson's plumped up & Holmes has got that eagle-faced look I saw on some TV version once. Giving me 20 points of harsh, calculated judgement. I found this a fair bit more enjoyable than Year One, though Watson's plumped up & Holmes has got that eagle-faced look I saw on some TV version once.

The writers certainly have a grasp of our beloved characters and concocted a decent Sherlock story. The extras explain why this is, but you do miss his presence as a Holmes fan. It's a very good start to dynamites take on Sherlock Holmes.

The writers certainly have a grasp of our beloved characters and concocted a decent Sherlock story. A bit of a plot hole toward the end, but this can be overlooked by the stunning artwork and way the story remained true to the characters.

A bit of a plot hole toward the end, but this can be overlooked by the stunning artwork and way the story remained true to the characters. The writers have created a new tale that is both original and faithful to the spirit of the canonical adventures.

The writers have created a new tale that is both original and faithful to the spirit of the canonical adventures. By design the plot shares the spotlight with Watson and Lestrade, giving them their due as competent investigators, which serves the story well but left me wanting more scenes with Holmes.

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