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- Print Length: 88 pages
- Publisher: Dark Horse Books (July 3, 2018)
- Publication Date: July 3, 2018
- Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07BJL82Y6
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real treat. I've probably read "A Study in Emerald" a dozen times over the years, and I was a little bit concerned that it might be difficult to pull off in this format, but I really thought the graphic novel was fantastically well executed. — No spoilers, but a few points worth mentioning. You do not have to be a massive Sherlock Holmes fan to appreciate this comic, but at least a passing familiarity with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's work is really essential to get the most out of it. The short story and thus the graphic novel are essentially part of a mystery that *you* as the reader should try to puzzle out as you read through it. And, as with all good mysteries whatever you do, DON'T read any spoilers in advance.
Contractual obligation, perhaps?
Not sold? Really?
Great Old Ones in charge of the British Empire while a gentleman detective and his former military companion investigating a grim case in the midst of it all doesn't draw you in?
Let me add that it's a dazzling short story, full of twists and brilliant logical leaps - all told elegantly in this graphic novel form by a team that shows admirable restraint rather than plunging into the blood and madness one might indulge in with a HP Lovecraft-inspired setting.
I shall spoil nothing, because the less you know about the story itself the better, just be prepared for something wonderful.
If I could I would give 4 1/2 stars. Neil does it again weaving together a great tale that plays with your expectations. This adaptation faithfully recreates the original short story with great art. My only complaint is the depiction of Queen Victoria. In the short story I pictured her as this massive monster covered in shadows, not the human sized representation we see here. But that’s a small complaint for what is otherwise a fantastic tale. If you are a fan of Sherlock, Lovecraft, or mystery this is a must read!
It's a convergence of three things with which I am already familiar, and which I enjoy: H.P. Lovecraft, Neil Gaiman and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. The story and dialog are every bit as good as you would expect from Gaiman, the side color is interesting too. The Lovecraft/Conan Doyle mashup is well done, and interesting.
OK. It's a convergence of four great things really, but one was new to me. The artwork is very good, I like the layouts and the style, and I get a new artist to follow up. I feel like I should already know about Rafael Albuquerque, but hey, happy to learn something new.
Starting as a standard Sherlock Holmes story (hinted at with the title itself) and adding twist upon twist until the very end and the last twist when you wish to read it again and ask yourself how come you didn't get it the first time...
The only thing I can object to is that it is rather short (some 70 pages of the actual story) but hopefully this is a beginning of series...
Recommending it to all Sherlock Holmes fans.
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Unfortunately, that is also this book's weakness. It's incredibly short. Even by graphic novel standards, this is a novella. Naturally, a huge portion of that time is spent on setting up our world and our characters, so the actual mystery is over and done far too quickly. I would really have loved for a little more detail, a little more investigation, and a few more pages.
won't be forgetting this tale for quite some time - if only there was a sequel...
A classic that will stand the test of time. Great art.