I will review this as two separate entities and it is important that I do. One review is as a standalone tale, and the second review is as a piece of Sherlock Holmes literature.
First, the art was cool—bloody, dark, and gritty—and bleak like Victorian London should be. The story line was intriguing with a good mix of gore, science, violence, and sleuthing. A lot of vampire comics play up the sex and violence a lot more than this one did and I’m glad it stayed a bit reserved. I hope they continue this series with different story lines. This gets a B+.
Now, to review it as a piece of Sherlockian lore. First off, if you want to write a story about Sherlock Holmes, then you probably don’t want him to be the narrator. There is a good reason why Watson is the one always telling the story. That reason is Holmes is dull. So if you plan to write with Holmes as the narrator you had better be really good to make that work. Also, Holmes rarely ever has a disguise that fails and this Holmes had disguises fail several times. I could go on, but the point is that this Holmes character and the nature of the story weren’t very true to the real deal. The author did make a good choice about when the story took place, because it’s a very open moment in Sherlock history and easy to play around with. The grade for this section would be a D.
Total grade puts this one at a C: C for couldn’t ask for better art. Definitely worth a read but don’t go in expecting hardcore Sherlock-style goods
Alex “Danger” Byers is a regular person in the working world, but at night (after work) he transforms into a video game loving, comic book reading, super tasty beer drinking, foodie of near hipster level. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or with a beer signal.