Sherlock Holmes returns to Dynamite Entertainment with the 5 issue Liverpool Demon miniseries in stores 12/12/12!
I’ve followed Holmes’ exploits in the pages of Dynamite Entertainment since 2009 with their Sherlock Holmes: The Trial of Sherlock Holmes miniseries. Moore & Reppion aren’t the only comic book writers to tackle Holmes and Watson but I daresay they’ve done the best job of it. They’ve captured the smugness of Holmes without making him haughty. Watson is a valued compatriot not the bumbling blow-hard some writers (and directors) have made him. As for the stories, they are worthy of being considered near canon.
The mysteries themselves are fairly simple but the solutions are complex and interesting. The way they lead the reader through the story, dinners, train rides, conversations in drawing rooms and the almost shocking murder scenes really calls to mind Doyle’s original stories more-so than the television or movie versions have been able to do. I’m a huge fan of The Hound of The Baskerville’s (1939), but the movie pales in comparison to the story. I always felt Doyle’s description of the crimes were much more graphic than the screen depictions were allowed to be, happily this comic book adaptation does the murders justice, it’s not gratuitous but the violence of the crimes is shown much more faithfully.
Dynamite has created a wonderful series, and keeping Moore and Reppion writing it has been a brilliant move. I hope they continue to bring us these adventures for many years to come.
5 out of 5.
Dynamite has a great primer on Sherlock Holmes for those of you who’d like to brush up on their Holmesian History.
Sherlock Holmes: The Liverpool Demon
Covers: Francesco Francavilla
Writer: Leah Moore & John Reppion
Art: Matt Triano
Genre: Action/Adventure, Detective
Publication Date: Dec 2012
Format: Comic Book
Page Count: 32 pages
Sherlock Holmes is busy doing what he does best, solving a case of far-reaching international notoriety. It has landed him at the Port of Liverpool, a bustling hub of commerce both legitimate and illicit. As that chapter closes, ours begins. They head to Lime Street Station, to catch a fast steam locomotive home to London and Baker Street, when violent weather keeps The Great Detective and Watson in Britain’s second city a while longer. Long enough to encounter a monster, discover the Liverpool underworld, and to become embroiled in one of his strangest cases yet.