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    Review: Sherlock Holmes: Crime Alleys

    Review of Sherlock Holmes: Crime Alleys

    sherlock holmes crime alleys graphic novelBefore the great Sherlock Holmes was hired as a “consulting detective” to Inspector Lestrade of Scotland Yard, before he had roommate and chronicler Doctor John Watson to help him solve cases, Holmes was an eccentric bachelor who lived on Baker Street. But not alone. He shared his flat with young violin virtuoso Ron Janscher.

    When Ron vanishes, however, Holmes has to cast a wide net to find out what’s happening and find his friend in the dark, criminal alleys of London. And the name that comes up again and again is Moriarty, both the son James and father Henry. Yes, that James Moriarty who becomes Holmes’ arch-nemesis, Professor Moriarty.

    Sporadically helping Holmes as he unwinds the dark, nefarious storyline is the Inspector Pike of the Yard, though as is typical in a Sherlock Holmes story, they are as much clueless gits as they are truly helpful in the investigation.

    To uncover Moriarty’s deeds, Holmes allows himself to be captured by the criminals and whisked away to their secret lair where strange deeds are indeed afoot. But there’s an even more sinister force behind the Moriarty’s control of the London underworld, a storyline that isn’t developed in this particular original story. A seed for the next installment of Cordurie’s annals? Perhaps, perhaps.

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    As originally conceived by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle back in the late 1800’s, the Holmes universe has been expanded and redefined time and again through movies, TV series, radio dramas, books and even comics and graphic novels. It leaves readers trying to puzzle out which famous actor portrayal of Holmes is the inspiration for the latest artist. Is it Jeremy Brett? Robert Downey Jr.? Or perhaps Benedict Cumberbatch? Or even the earliest success, Basil Rathbone?

    Regardless of which actor you see in Nespolino’s portrayal of the famous consulting detective, he and Cordurié deliver a really solid story that fits neatly into the Doyle canon and is both visually and narratively compelling. A graphic novel well worth adding to the collection of any Holmesian!

    Sherlock Holmes: Crime Alleys, written by Sylvain Cordurié, art by Alessandro Nespolino. colors by Axel Gonzalbo, cover by Ronan Toulhoat. Published by Dark Horse, Feb 3, 2016.

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    Review: Sherlock Holmes and the Vampires of London

    Review of Sherlock Holmes and the Vampires of London

    sherlock holmes vampires of londonI’m a huge Sherlock Holmes fan and have read not just every one of the original Arthur Conan Doyle stories, but many of the more modern stories written by other authors but featuring the same iconic detective and his colorful retinue and the rich Victorian setting of late 1800’s London. What’s not to like about the original hyper-observant consulting detective and the hints of the occult that appear time and again in the stories?

    Writer Sylvain Cordurié has woven the occult much more tightly into the Holmsian world in the entertaining Sherlock Holmes and the Vampires of London, offering a story that could almost be a Cthulhu mythology overlap, where there are good and bad vampires in London and Holmes is called in by the Crown to figure out what’s going on.

    But, of course, there’s more going on than is obvious, and as Holmes continues to investigate, he leverages his supposed death at Reichenbach Falls (a story element from Doyle himself, when he had tired of his fictional character and killed him off in “The Final Problem” just to have him reappear three years later in “The Adventure of the Empty House”) to travel the world and understand the basis of the vampire attacks throughout London and Britain.

    Cordurié does a splendid job of capturing the feel of a Holmes story, including using the device of Holmes telling the story in past tense in the form of a letter to his absent friend Dr. John Watson: “Watson, you have written about all my adventures, now I must write about this one with the certainty that, alas, I may not finish it…”

    The artwork by Laci is also terrific, with some notable panels including an aerial view of Paris early in the story. But I’m so used to TV and movie representations of Holmes as a perpetually serious man that his smiling visage on the last page of the book threw me for a bit of a loop. Holmes can smile?

    Still, smile aside, Sherlock Holmes and the Vampires of London is a great read, engrossing and with enough twists in its somewhat dark, occult story that it’s a solid addition to any fan.

    Sherlock Holmes and the Vampires of London, story by Sylvain Cordurié, art by Laci and colors by Axel Gonzalbo. Published by Dark Horse, Feb, 2014.

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    Dynamite Previews: Vampire Huntress, Sherlock Holmes Year One, & More

    Dynamite Entertainment has kept the sneak peeks coming with a look at these titles! We have comic book previews of four new comics: Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein: Prodigal Son #5, Green Hornet: Year One #9, LA Banks’ Vampire Huntress #3 The Hidden Darkness, and Sherlock Holmes: Year One #3. Do you want to see the first four or five pages? Just click one of the covers.

    Dean Koontz's Frankenstein
    Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein: Prodigal Son vol. 2 #5
    Green Hornet: Year One #9
    Green Hornet: Year One #9
    LA BAnks' Vampire Huntress #3
    LA Banks’ Vampire Huntress #3 The Hidden Darkness
    Sherlock Holmes: Year One #3
    Sherlock Homes: Year One #3



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