Sherlock Holmes 2 (June 2009)

627385.jpgThe second issue is an improvement overall, but there are still a lot of problems. Campbell’s period art is good (if static) and better when he’s not illustrating the principles. There’s something boring about his art during the scenes with Watson or Lestrade, but exciting when it’s absolute strangers.

Moore and Reppion can’t help laying in the foreshadowing–Lestrade’s boss has it out for Holmes for some unknown reason–and it doesn’t help the book any. It’s Sherlock bloody Holmes and he’s barely in the book. He shows up at the beginning and the end. And there’s no progress made on the mystery Holmes purportedly committed, much less the overall one.

It’s a competently produced effort, but it’s got a lot of work to do to get engaging. Having the protagonist in jail leads to narrative problems. Just ask Ed Brubaker.

Still, there aren’t as many lame references this issue.

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CREDITS

The Trial of Sherlock Holmes, Part Two: A Locked Room; writers, Leah Moore and John Reppion; artist, Aaron Campbell; colorist, Tony Aviña; letterer, Simon Bowland; publisher, Dynamite Entertainment.

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