A Study in Emerald

A Study in Emerald

Book - 2018 | First edition.
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This supernatural mystery set in the world of Sherlock Holmes and Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos features a brilliant detective and his partner as they try to solve a horrific murder. The complex investigation takes the Baker Street investigators from the slums of Whitechapel all the way to the Queen's Palace as they attempt to find the answers to this bizarre murder of cosmic horror.
Publisher: Milwaukie, OR :, Dark Horse Books,, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781506703930
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 27 cm
Summary: This supernatural mystery set in the world of Sherlock Holmes and Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos features a brilliant detective and his partner as they try to solve a horrific murder. The complex investigation takes the Baker Street investigators from the slums of Whitechapel all the way to the Queen's Palace as they attempt to find the answers to this bizarre murder of cosmic horror.

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forbesrachel Apr 20, 2019

It's Neil Gaiman writing a Sherlockian mystery in a Lovecraftian world in graphic novel format, what more could a person want. Our narrator, a veteran from Afghanistan, relates the tale of the unusual detective and case he becomes involved with. Readers familiar with the Sherlock Holmes canon will be lulled in to a sense of security by the standard opening, before realizing that this is not the same story. In this alternate retelling, the old gods have returned and they have quite the say in people's lives. The mystery revolves around what happened to one of these Cthulu-type monsters, but to say anymore would completely spoil the ingenious way that Gaiman plays with the original Study in Scarlet, the role reversals he uses, and how all the creators incorporate the Lovecraftian elements. The illustrations pay tribute to the styles of both Conan Doyle and Lovecraft, being practical in the paneling, but with a sense of underlying unease in the atmosphere. A huge twist is hidden right in plain sight too. The writing also captures the elegance expected from both of these masters. This adaptation of the original short story is one superb mash-up that shouldn't be missed.

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tj_is_cool
Apr 14, 2019

I found it rather dull.

VaughanPLAlison Feb 12, 2019

I read the original short story ages ago, and was left pretty darn puzzled after my first read through. Once I learned all the different ways the story had been changed and flipped on it's head, I've been a fan of the tale ever since, and it's yet another example of why Gaiman is one of my favourite authors. This graphic novel version really fits nicely, with great illustrations and a little more clarity on what's happening but not too much. A lot is still left pretty ambiguous, and that's just what an illustrated version of this story needs. Give it a read, either this version or the original short.

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jaimegrover
Dec 03, 2018

A reimagining of a Sherlock Holmes story written by Neil Gaiman and in graphic novel format? Yes, please!

I basically ate this GN. I'm a big fan of the original Sherlock Holmes stories and the BBC adaptations, so this was an exciting discovery for me!

Without saying too much - it's spooky, strange, and a very fun and twisty take on a Holmes story. Probably about what you would expect from Neil Gaiman in terms of the weirdness (I mean this in the best and most adoring way possible)! The artwork is dark, creepy, beautiful, and very well suited to the story.

If you're a fan of Holmes, or Gaiman, or both - you will probably quite enjoy A Study in Emerald!

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isaachar
Oct 08, 2018

After enjoying Gaiman's 'It's only the End of the World Again', which also takes place in Neil Gaiman's Victorian/Lovecraft mashup universe, I was pretty excited when I heard another graphic novel in that universe was released. The artwork was amazing and the twist on the 'Sherlock Holmes' tale was pretty amazing, though I suspect the most hardcore Holmesian fans might have guessed it from the beginning. While it has an interesting start, it wasn't until the second chapter when we are introduced to 'The Queen' that things get really interesting. And 'interesting' is putting it lightly. This book sets up an Lovecraftian alternative history for Victorian Britain that I can't wait to read more stories about.

alburke47 Sep 17, 2018

I've read two graphic novels in my life. They've both been great. In this one, The Elder Gods have returned and taken over the world's monarchies. When a member of the German aristocracy is murdered in London, who else can the police turn to but the world's greatest detective, not forgetting his assistant, a soldier recently returned from a tour in Afghanistan.

I'll leave it at that. It's Gaiman, so it's suitably weird, but the story is compelling whether you are a fan of Lovecraft or not. The ending though, is one of the best I've read in ages, and I've read some fine books lately.

KateHillier Sep 04, 2018

This is one of my favourite Sherlock Holmes pastiches, and one of my favourite Neil Gaiman short stories both. The adaptation in comic book form is top notch.

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