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Sherlock Holmes: The Liverpool Demon TP by Leah Moore and John Rippion
Cover Artist: Katie Hadalgo
Review by Gayle Surrette
Dynamite Entertainment Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781606904367
Date: 12 November 2013 List Price $19.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /

In August 1888, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson were just completing a case that ended at the dockyards of Liverpool where they apprehended a female serial killer. While passing the time before catching the train to London and their apartment at 221 Baker Street they were interrupted by several men requesting Holmes to look into case that they believed had supernatural elements and which was holding back the building of a modern train line. While the populace, and Dr. Watson, were persuaded that there was a demon abroad, Holmes set out to prove man, not monster, was the culprit.

Sherlock Holmes:
The Liverpool Demon
Written by:
   Leah Moore & John Reppion
Illustrated by:
   Matt Triano
Lettered by:
   Simon Bowland
Colored by:
   Brennan Wagner
Collection Cover by:
   Katie Hadalgo
Other covers by:
   Francesco Francavilla Dedicated to:
   Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Volume collects issues 1-5 of Sherlock Holmes: The Liverpool Demon

Moore and Rippion have written up this case of Sherlock Holmes: The Liverpool Demon with all the twisted threads, nefarious characters, atmospheric backdrop, and tense story telling of Arthur Conan Doyle himself. The artwork supports the story and maintains the mystery and atmosphere of 1888 Liverpool from gaslit clubs to the city slums and gritty docks and quayside, making this a great work to read on a cold and rainy night -- or when you want to feel like it's a cold and rainy night beyond your lamplight.

Holmes was not my idea of Holmes, which runs more to Basil Rathbone/William Gillette, but once I got used to his features, it was easy to pick him out in crowded scenes. Watson was far more recognizable. However, their characterizations as to actions, speech, and thought processes were spot on. Holmes as the logical, keep all information close to his chest, detective. While Watson is far more sensitive to emotional content when mixed with the unknown.

Sherlock Holmes: The Liverpool Demon will keep you turning the pages to find out what is going on and, when the paths of Holmes and Watson diverge, you'll wonder if they'll ever manage to meet again. You mustn't turn the pages too quickly because, if so, you'll miss many of the clues that are abundant in the background. Once you finish the story you can go back and see where the seeds of the new mystery are buried in the background of the end of the mystery that opens the book.

For all fans of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, this compilation of the series allows readers to enjoy the entire story without having to wait between issues.

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