Review: Earlier this week Titan Comics released the first issue of their UK translation of the Manga comics adaptation of the very first ‘Sherlock’ adventure ‘A Study In Pink’.
Much like the pilot episode of the TV series also titled ‘A Study In Pink’. This comic book centres on the very first meeting of Sherlock Holmes and his faithful companion Dr. John Watson.
This first issue of ‘Sherlock – A Study In Pink’ is 50 pages long with black and white interior art in the traditional manga style.
The adaptation has been translated into English by Jay with the lettering done by Amoona Saohin.
The black and white art within is pretty cool and the likeness of Sherlock and Watson in the Manga art style works pretty well.
As far as story goes. If you have watched a ‘Study In Pink’ you’ll find that the story and dialogue in the pages of this first issue are pretty faithful to the television series.
The fact that this is in black and white actually helps the story a fair bit. Especially during the segments where Holmes is taunting Scotland Yard and the gathered press by texting the words “Wrong” during a press conference talking about the three suicides.
Another element that worked well in the black and white style was the famous riding crop scene, which not only introduced us to Sherlock but also introduced us to the somewhat smitten Molly who is still holding a candle for what most people would see as a mad man with a riding crop. This scene also served as a means to introduce Sherlock to Dr. Watson and I had actually forgotten how funny it was until reading it in this first book.
This first issue ends at the point when Holmes and Watson begin on their first case together.
If you are a fan of the TV series and enjoy comic books. Then this is worth the price of admission. The artists interpretations of Holmes and the other characters are well done and there is a good deal of artistic license taken with Holmes because he does look a little Japanese at certain angles in this book.
‘Sherlock: A Study In Pink’ #1 is available now in all good comics stores.
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