This is my reading that takes a break from ministry.
David Tipton. Sherlock Holmes: The Seven-Per-Cent Solution. San Diego, CA: IDW Publishing, March 22nd, 2016. 120 pp.
I enjoyed this graphic novel on Sherlock Holmes, with this being a revision of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original series. I wanted to take a break from reading about superheroes but still enjoy graphic novel so this book was definitely welcomed change of pace. This particular Sherlock Holmes story help explain the mystery of how in Doyle’s famous story, the “Final Problem” and “Empty House” it was possible that the former tells us of Sherlock’s death while in the latter we see Sherlock’s re-appearance. Basically we discover in this story that an older Watson later confessed to making up both stories and here he gives his account of what truly happened and why he lied earlier in his earlier stories.
The events takes place in the eve of World War One and Holmes and Watson eventually finding themselves in the midst of events with serious international political and military implications. Even with these big events going on the story was also intensely focused on the person of Sherlock Holmes. I like how the book allows the readers to learn a little more about Holmes where we see a Sherlock Holmes that is human, fallible and able to be tempted like other men. His battle with cocaine and Watson’s attempt to help him is powerful and weaves right in with the other elements of the story in such a way that you didn’t feel there were three disconnected stories going on. I also think the book was great in keeping the suspense going concerning the character named Moriarty that Holmes was so obsessed with. Moriarty of course is the character that kills Holmes in the original Doyle’s story titled “Final Problem.” The other amazing character that the book presented was also the psychologist Freud. I recommend this graphic novel for its story. I also found the artwork delightful in capturing the mood of the story and the drawings is helpful for the readers to appreciate the late 1800s backdrop of both England and Continental Europe that the story took place in.
NOTE: This book was provided to me free by IDW Publishing, Diamond Book Distributors and Net Galley without any obligation for a positive review. All opinions offered above are mine unless otherwise stated or implied.