Synopsis: For Sherlock, there was only ever one woman – now Irene Adler is on a mission to take down Moriarty! It’s the League of Extraordinary Gentlewomen, as Adler teams up with a host of famous female faces from science, history, and literature to defeat the greatest criminal mastermind of all time!
Review: I have been looking forward to reading this book, which sees Irene Adler teamed with some of literature’s most interesting and strong women. For those not familiar with the world of Sherlock Holmes. Irene Adler was Holmes one true love and the only woman to ever outwit him.
Jane Eyre returns to London having served as a nurse that often took on the duties of a Doctor during the Boar War. Upon her return, Jane attends a party where she meets Estella Havisham, who in this story is someone of an eccentric scientist. Knowing that Jane is looking for a place to stay in London. Estella arranges for Jane to meet up with renowned American opera singer and adventurer Irene Adler. Just prior to the meeting Irene is confronted by a street thug who has been hired by Moriarty. It’s fair to say that she gets the message and is looking to meet him but takes time to get acquainted with Jane first.
Paul McCaffrey provides some brilliant artwork and I particularly liked his depiction of London in the early part of the 20th Century. I also enjoyed the brief series of panels where Jane meets Estella in a laboratory. The image of Estella wearing industrial style scientific goggles was brilliant fun and I can’t wait to see more of her in future issues.
Lavie Tidhar has hit on a brilliant idea here in regards to having Irene Adler head up a League of Extraordinary gentlewomen. She does a brilliant job of introducing the main characters which are Irene Adler, Jane Eyre, Lady Havisham, Ayesha the Amazon Queen, Orphan Annie, and, Carmilla. Orphan Annie doesn’t get anything to do in this issue as the majority of it was spent on introducing us to Jane, Irene, and Estella. But we do get a little bit of an introduction for Ayesha and Carmilla who are worried about Irene handing over certain papers to Moriarty, which can only mean that the stage is being set for an interesting first meeting for Irene and the Amazon Queen.
The writing in this comic is wonderful. And I really enjoyed the sequence where Irene first meets Jane and does the classic Sherlock Holmes thing of deducing the most recent events in Janes’s life by way of introduction.
I’m looking forward to seeing what issue two has to offer next month because this is a really strong start.