Thursday, October 22, 2009

"Sherlock Holmes" #5, by Leah Moore, John Reppion, and Aaron Campbell

This is the last issue of the story whose first episode ended with cops bursting into a locked room from which a shot had just been heard, only to meet Holmes standing there with some fellow dying from a gunshot wound and Holmes standing over him with a smoking revolver. In this one, the great detective finds himself on trial (conducting his own defence, naturally), supplying an ingenious solution to this whole conundrum.

This is a fundamentally good title – atmospheric art, basically good writing – but it does have one fault: the whole thing has been a bit drawn out. I think maybe they could have scrunched the five issue story into two, and one problem of it taking so long is that I find myself forgetting a lot of the details of earlier issues. I suppose this will not be a problem for those who read this when it is collected, but then why bother publishing it in issues first?

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