After the long and drawn out affair that was Android Karenina, I needed something a bit more fast paced to enjoy. My attentions quickly turned to The Trial of Sherlock Holmes, a new graphic novel written by Leah Moore, the daughter of Alan Moore, and and John Reppion and illustrated by Aaron Campbell.
The Trial of Sherlock Holmes is a new Holmesian mystery, not a retelling of a Doyle original. It’s a classic locked room case where the only suspect seems to be Sherlock Holmes himself! Dun dun, DUN!
This was a fast paced and entertaining read as Holmes seeks to clear his name despite looming suspicion under the backdrop of visiting foreign royalty and a bomb threat sending terror through the streets of London.
I especially appreciated that this graphic novel presented an original Holmes story. It’s quite the challenge to create a mystery worthy of the great Sherlock Holmes, and I think Leah Moore and John Reppion have proven that they are up to the task. The illustrations are beautifully executed and realistically colored. Though The Trial of Sherlock Holmes has no elements to make this graphic novel an expressly Steampunk work, the setting is correct, and really it’s Sherlock Holmes, which makes it instantaneously interesting to Steampunks.
The book is packed full of goodies after the graphic novel’s story is complete. The bonus materials include a panel-by-panel discussion of Chapter 1, “A Smoking Gun,” essays on Sherlock Holmes, and one of Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories, “The Adventure of the Devil’s Foot.”
If you or someone you love is a Sherlock Holmes affectionado, I enthusiastically recommend this graphic novel. I’m sure you will be pleased with your investment.