In Review: Dark Tales: The Hound Of The Baskervilles

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Illustrated By Dave Shephard

Synopsis: A Bloodthirsty hound stalks the moors and misdeeds are afoot. Will Holmes and Watson solve the mystery in time to save Sir Henry Baskerville from the same grisly fate as his forebears?

Review: Anyone who has read Sherlock Holmes or even seen one of the many movie adaptations will no doubt no the answer to the above question, but as the saying goes. It is all in the telling, but where this book is concerned it is all in the showing.

As part of a series of Dark Tales in Graphic Novel Form. ‘Hound Of The Baskervilles’ is one of a few classic stories being released through Canterbury Tales and very modestly priced too at just $15.99 USD.

The adaptation of the story stays very true to the original writings of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and it is just as compelling a read as it has ever been.

The artwork from Dave Shephard is absolutely brilliant and feels very in keeping with the period of history in which the story is set, but with a somewhat modern twist on the more darker moments in the story where the artist kind of channels a style of black and white art that fans of the Walking Dead comic book series will be familiar with. I especially loved Shephard’s artistic interpretation of the hound, which is used rather sparingly in the book as it is in the actual story.

I loved the transitions from the Edwardian comic book styled color pages into the more contemporary feeling back and white pages.

My only issue with this book is the artwork on the cover. It’s very, very basic in terms of we have Sherlock Holmes on his own in the foreground and the hound howling in the background in front of a full moon. Where’s Dr. Watson in this image? I mean he is pretty much an integral part of the story but does not feature on the cover at all. I’d love it to have been Holmes and Watson in the foreground and not just Holmes. But this is really a fairly minor complaint given the high quality of the rest of the book.

Dark Tales: The Hound Of The Baskervilles is available to buy now through Amazon or any other good retailer. It’s definitely worth checking out if you are a fan of comic book adaptations of classic stories.

9.3
Dark Tales: The Hound Of The Baskervilles
  • Covers
    8.1
  • Story
    10
  • Artwork
    9.5
  • Lettering
    9.1
  • Colours
    10

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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