The Sherlock Holmes novels A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of Four and The Hound of the Baskervilles have been released as graphic novels. I've never quite learned to appreciate that type of media, and I have no intention of buying SIGN and HOUN, but I bought STUD
while browsing at Blackwell's during my last trip to London.
Though I as a rule don't like graphic novels, STUD is the one I've enjoyed the most so far (out of...five attempts, I believe). The character designs had little in common with my mental images (What's up with Gregson's nose?!), but for once I didn't find this overly distracting. I like the artist's use of colour, and the story was well told (that includes the second half of the novel). However, for me the biggest stand-out was the utterly GLORIOUS Lestrade!
He is my favourite minor character in canon, and his tiny moment of glory in A Study in Scarlet (the novel, that is) never fails to make me grin. The rendition of this scene in the graphic novel is almost perfect
, so I scanned and uploaded a couple of pages to share with you. Take a look beneath the cut! They are full size scans though, just to warn you, but I'm pretty sure they won't break your layout.( Bring him down! BRING HIM DOWN! )
Also, notice Watson's exhaustion at the end, and Holmes' amusing expression in the third panel:)
I should perhaps crosspost this to dilestrade
at some point...but definitely not at 5 am. BED!