Genre: Graphic Novel, Horror, Fantasy, Mystery
Publisher: Dark Horse Books
Release Date: June 27, 2018
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!
A Study in Emerald is a love story to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and H.P. Lovecraft. It’s a beautiful collision of styles that creates an incredibly atmospheric and engaging mystery. It combines the best aspects of Doyle’s mysteries and Lovecraft’s horror making A Study in Emerald one graphic novel not to be missed.
The dialogue and narration throughout are funny and informative. There isn’t a moment of useless dialogue throughout, which makes reading quick and unforgettable. The dialogue is so well crafted that if reads as if it has been plucked from Doyle’s original work.
I’m a fan of clean and simple illustrations in my comic books and graphic novels. Though the illustrations are not simple, they are clean with a sort of grittiness to them that lends itself well to the story.
The only criticism I have is that it’s very short. Just as I was getting into the story, it’s wrapping up with a killer twist. I wish it could have been a few pages longer.
Overall, A Study in Emerald is a quick read that should be on everyone’s TBR. The quick-witted dialogue, engaging mystery, and gorgeous illustrations make A Study in Emerald worthy of its predecessors.
5 thoughts on “A Study in Emerald – Neil Gaiman, Rafael Albuquerque, et al”
Short and sweet. Definitely need to get my hands on a copy now. Nice review! Glad you enjoyed it, Nadine. 🙂
Thanks! I think you’ll really like this one. It made me want to read some more Lovecraft. It’s been awhile n
I’d not heard of this – always intrigued when I see Gaiman. Thanks.
Hope you enjoy it if you give it a chance! I’d definitely recommend it.