Watson and Holmes

Watson and Holmes

A Study in Black

Book - 2013
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" ... re-imagining of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic characters as African Americans living and operating in New York City's famous Harlem district. Watson, an Afghanistan war vet, works in an inner-city clinic; Holmes, a local P.I. who takes unusual cases ..."--Back cover.
Publisher: [United States] : New Paradigm Studios, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781939516015
1939516013
Branch Call Number: GN BOLLERS 2013
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Mendoza, Paul
Bollers, Karl
Alternative Title: Study in black

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multcolib_lauralw Mar 06, 2018

" ... re-imagining of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic characters as African Americans living and operating in New York City's famous Harlem district. Watson, an Afghanistan war vet, works in an inner-city clinic; Holmes, a local P.I. who takes unusual cases ..."--Back cover.


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KateHillier Apr 17, 2015

Sherlock Holmes and John Watson have gone through many re imaginings over the years and this is one that certainly has not been seen before. The time? The present. The location? Harlem. S.Holmes is a private investigator as always and Jon Watson is a divorced medical intern fresh back from military service in Afghanistan. This time around both Holmes and Watson, as well as most of the cast, are not white and it is fantastic. From when I first heard about it on tumblr I was excited and I'm overjoyed that it turned out so well. It's also just a great crime comic even if you take the Holmes and Watson bit out of it. The main story involves a patient in Jon's hospital being a part of Holmes' current investigation and the final epilogue issue takes us back to the very first panel of the first issue to solve a crime that is deep on Jon's mind. There are also ominous hints to things that are going so well by the comic's end being going quite a different direction but watching this Watson and Holmes work together for the first time is a treat. Holmes comes off a little bit closer to traditional Holmes in temperament (don't expect lots of cutting insults here) and Jon is eager to step in when his adrenaline is pumping but he is certainly wary and curious about this partnership he has found himself in.

The art is also fantastic. Really sets the tone of the comic well and I also love the way Holmes' deductions are explained to Jon several pages later. It really makes you want to pay super close attention to every panel so you don't miss a word or a gesture. The comic is superb and it's a Holmes story that you probably never thought you needed in your life. Holmes fan or not you'll love this if you like crime comics.

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