Sherlock Holmes 5 (September 2009)

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Oh, good grief. I almost feel silly reading it. I’m really hoping Moore and Reppion’s foreshadowing of Mycroft being Moriarty is inadvertent or just silly business instead of their actual plans for the series. I imagine it’ll be back, with more lame references to World War I possibly. The book actually saddens me a little, with the minor references to League of Extraordinary Gentlemen–it only introduces comparisons between Moore and her father and she comes up short.

I’m a little put out, given the $3.50 price tag per issue and Dynamite’s generally fine track record so far–I mean, they put out Battlefields, it’s hard to believe they’d let this nonsense out of the stable. Moore and Reppion don’t bring anything new to Sherlock Holmes, nothing movies in the 1930s weren’t already doing.

Except, I suppose, they weren’t ripping off the The Untouchables–turning Watson into an action hero.

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CREDITS

The Trial Of Sherlock Holmes, Part Five: Endgame; writers, Leah Moore and John Reppion; artist, Aaron Campbell; colorist, Tony Aviña; letterer, Simon Bowland; publisher, Dynamite Entertainment.

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  1. Hmm, after this somewhat flawed attempt to bring Homes to comics, I had to wonder why there are so few…

    Perhaps the written version is just too much for the average comics creator to bring to life on the page. In some ways, I was minorly satisfied just to see Holmes in comics form, but I agree on the storytelling skills of Reppion were clunky at many times. Perhaps it was the script. Either way, hopefully this experience will give them some experience to give it a better go after they attempt to read their own book. It seemed successful sales wise so it makes sense for them to try it again. Maybe give Reppion some more time to hone his skills, and throw in more backgrounds to ground the setting and time period. All in all, a flawed start, but not the train wreck that price wise taints the entire Boom line, and the utter narrative mess that DC published with their initial online comics reprint, High Moon.

    For the record, though, I think Dynamite puts out a more than a few suspect comics. Their golden fleece IS Garth Ennis, and little to none of their material otherwise gets close to that type of depth. The Ennis franchise was a boon to Dynamite, and I believe it helps keep the bottom line enabling them to publish a wider line in numbers, if not in diversity.

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