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Sherlock Goes Comic Book Style 111 Years Later

By Martin Powell & Jamie Chase
Dark Horse Comics, $14.99, 63 pages

The world’s most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes, has been given yet another wonderful book—this time repeating a classic Sir Arthur Conan Doyle tale in comic book form. The Hound of the Baskervilles, originally published with illustrations by Sidney Paget in The Strand Magazine in March of 1902, has been re-illustrated by Martin Powell and Jamie Chase with amazing color and illustrations that honor many of the original characters’ looks, which Paget created over a century ago when she first began illustrating Doyle’s masterpiece in 1891.

Staying true to the original story throughout, the classic-mystery-turned-sequential-art begins on a dark night. A man is walking on the path in front of his house when out of the mist leaps a gigantic phantom hound with a ferocious growl. The next morning a man comes to Holmes and his trusty comrade Dr. Watson with the frightening story that ends in the death of an innocent man by the bite of a hound. Will this mystery be intriguing enough for Holmes to take on, or will he dismiss his first mystery with a supernatural twist?

This book is great for both those who have read the original Doyle classic and those who have not. Whether you are a young reader or an adult, you will not be disappointed.

Reviewed by Andrea Franke

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