SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE ADVENTURE OF BLACK PETER by Arthur Conan Doyle

SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE ADVENTURE OF BLACK PETER

From the "On the Case with Holmes and Watson" series, volume 11
Age Range: 10 - 12

KIRKUS REVIEW

A bit of nautical skullduggery leads to a brutal former sea captain’s murder in this graphic adaptation.

Consistent with series formula, it is retold in easy-to-follow framed panels of various sizes and shapes interspersed with prose transitions and capped by analyses of the significant clues. This case has Holmes and Watson helping a novice police inspector nab a hulking tar who left his victim pinned to a wall with a harpoon. The resultant confession reveals murky deeds in the pasts of both mariners. The gruesome elements here and in the co-published #12, Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Cardboard Box, are not explicitly depicted, and the simply drawn art’s dark palette gives the visuals a muted look. Characters have an unfortunately cartoony look; Holmes, in particular, lacks the expected gravitas. Still, the plots remain intact, and the language and settings have a properly period flavor.

Budding Holmesians not yet ready to tackle the originals will certainly get a taste of what’s in store. (map, reading list) (Graphic mystery. 10-12)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-7613-7100-7
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Graphic Universe
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1st, 2011




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