The name Sherlock Holmes has inspired infinite pieces of media. From movies, tv shows, books, video games, and comic books, the character created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has become a global phenomenon. Reading several adaptations that center around the world’s greatest detective has inspired my appreciation for the genre of mystery. I was very interested to read a new adventure that Sherlock himself would definitely deem “worthy.” The Sherlock Holmes: Vanishing Man Collection, which is published by Dynamite Entertainment, is written by Leah Moore and John Reppion, with the art being done by Julius Otha. Ellie Wright serves as the colorist and the lettering is done by Simon Bowland.
With Michael Williams reported as missing, his wife May Williams seeks the help of Sherlock Holmes and his companion Dr. Watson. While on a cocaine binge and attempting to find a mystery that deserves his attention, Holmes decides to help and the two embark on a dangerous journey to find Michael. But not far behind is Holmes’ archenemy, Professor Moriarty, who seems to have a connection to all of this.
The different settings of the comic are quite amazing. I can tell how much attention to detail the contributors put into this series. At times it made me feel like I was in Victorian London, looking at the accuracy of the ambiance. It’s one of those cases where it helped to know how their settings would look like rather than just hearing a description.
I absolutely loved the designs for Holmes and Watson. Their designs matched their iconic looks quite well, almost like an exact replica. Even though Watson is still depicted with an older look, it still manages to add a unique spin on the design. Holmes has a much younger look, which was reminiscent of the portrayals of Robert Downey Jr. and Benedict Cumberbatch. The way in which Sherlock carries himself in the comic also reminded me of those portrayals.
Despite their look being so similar to other iterations of the character, I really appreciate that the writing doesn’t pander to any of the recent pieces of media that revolve around Sherlock. I found myself eagerly turning the pages, wanting to know what happened next. This comic is the purest form of a mystery story, which I can definitely appreciate. Holmes is very human in this issue, rather than some emotionless being. Make sure you pay special attention to his cocaine addiction, which serves as an important part of the plot.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading this series. It never quite tells you directly where the story is going, which will only want you to read it more. If you’re looking for a good old-fashioned mystery that will immediately pull you in, then look no further. This series inspired me to look up more stories about Holmes and Watson.
Sherlock Holmes: Vanishing Man is available now wherever comic books are sold.
Sherlock Holmes: Vanishing Man
It never quite tells you directly where the story is going, which will only want you to read it more.