Review: Watson and Holmes: A Study in Black (Watson and Holmes Volume #1) by Karl Bollers and Rick Leonardi

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Read between: April 12th- April 17th
Format: Graphic Novel
Publisher: New Paradigm Studios
Published: December 11, 2013
Synopsis: New Paradigm Studios is proud to present its bold re-imagining of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic characters as African Americans living and operating in New York City’s famous Harlem district. Watson, an Afghanistan war vet, works in an inner-city clinic; Holmes, a local P.I. who takes unusual cases…

Circumstances bring the unlikely duo together to solve the case of a missing girl. Watson and Holmes bump heads along the way as they enter a labyrinth of drugs, guns, gangs and a conspiracy that goes higher and deeper than they could have imagined…
Rating: Image result for five stars

Review:
So, basically, this is a retelling of Sherlock Holmes and it’s such a fun re-imagining of the classic, putting Holmes and Watson in Harlem, New York, making them African American and throwing some crimes in along the way.

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Holmes and Watson were still the characters I’m used to. Watson is a war veteran, now Doctor and Holmes, a private investigator. However, there are a couple of differences to the canon, aside from the obvious. The first is that Watson has a son. The second, not that I’m complaining, is that the main police associate is neither Lestrade or Gregson but Lieutenant Stroud, who added to the balance by being female.

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I’m so glad that Volume 2 has been commissioned and is available because I loved this and I need more! I just really loved this take on Sherlock Holmes, because it didn’t feel like the characters were out of place!

The brilliant art by Rick Leonardi helped too, because it helped me to immerse myself into this version of my favourite detective.

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Very cleverly done.

I’d recommend this to any Sherlock Holmes fan! It’s great and I am so glad I picked it up! šŸ˜€

Thanks for reading!
~Katie

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