HotB 3From co-publishers Dark Horse and Sequential Pulp comes a classic retold in graphic brilliance: The Hound of the Baskervilles HC. Author Martin Powell and illustrator Jamie Chase have created a pretty faithful adaption of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s novel of the same name, deviating only slightly to build that level of suspense necessary for any good detective story. As a Sherlock Holmes fan, I approve.

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I have but one criticism for this novel. I find the script of Dr. Watson’s letters very difficult to read. Given that the content of these letters is pretty important to the story, it is not enough to just skip over them. Be wary of these moments, and if necessary, have your copy of the original handy for translation.

Some of us may remember a similar graphic adaption by repeat offenders Ian Edginton and I.N.J. Culbard (they also did “A Study in Scarlet,” “The Sign of Four,” and “The Valley of Fear”). Powell and Chase, like their predecessors, don’t stray too far from the original, and while the art is uniquely cartoony in the Edginton/Culbard HotB, this version is given a classic pulp flavor.

The Hound of the Baskervilles HC will be released early next year. A must-have for Sherlockians everywhere!

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