In Review: Sherlock Holmes: The Vanishing Man #4

The mystery of Michael Williams comes to its shocking conclusion. But will Holmes and Watson survive the deep running conspiracy gripping London from its very core?

Synopsis: The mystery of Michael Williams comes to its shocking conclusion. But will Holmes and Watson survive the deep running conspiracy gripping London from its very core? And even if they do, are they safe from the machinations of their greatest foe, the all-too-clever Moriarty?

Review: This final issue of the series sees all the pieces come together and everything gets nicely wrapped up. As hinted at in the penultimate issue last month. Michael Williams and Mrs. May Williams were one in the same. And Holmes pretty much lays out his reasoning in this issue and it’s all very methodical.

Not so neatly wrapped up though is the mystery concerning the various murders that took place throughout the series. In fact, it is interesting to note how Holmes is only attracted to the stranger cases of murder, which is something that Moriarty alludes too during one of his conversations with Wiggins early on in the issue.

I liked how Moriarty’s relationship played out with Wiggins over the last few pages but was somewhat disappointed with how things ended up and how Moriarty used Wiggins to bait Holmes into a meeting. He does exactly what he accuses Holmes of doing. Uses the boy to his own ends.

Leah Moore and John Reppion have put together a fun mystery, which concludes well in this issue.

The artwork from Julius Ohta throughout has been fantastic. Especially on those panels where more action is required. I especially liked how he drew the struggle that takes place on top of the steam train, which we see towards the close of the issue.

Overall. This is a great conclusion to a clever mystery, which presented its fair share of red herrings and puzzles to keep you guessing. The artwork has been consistently good as has the writing.

Hopefully, we’ll see more Sherlock Holmes from Dynamite in the not too distant future.

9.6
Sherlock Holmes: The Vanishing Man #4
  • Covers
    9.1
  • Story
    9.8
  • Artwork
    9.6
  • Lettering
    9.5
  • Colours
    9.8

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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