Sherlock Holmes is prime real estate for writers to do any kind of story and make it â€œposh Victorian.â€ Sylvain Cordurie not only succeeds in this endeavor, he even spices it up some by adding vampires to the story in â€œSherlock Holmes and the Vampires of London.â€
After faking his death to thwart Moriarty, Sherlock Holmes finds himself in the middle of a vampire feud. Here, he has to help a head vampire track down and kill a wild vampire that has been killing many Londoners.
The thing about writing a Sherlock Holmes story is successfully making it read like it was written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Cordurie manages to make the narrative read like it is a Holmes story written in the 19th century. The majority of the story is told through a letter Holmes is writing to Watson. The writing make the reader feel like this is actually Holmes writing.
The story proper is a Victorian vampire story done right. It avoids many of the tropes that are in modern vampire stories and make the vampires act more like how Victorian Londoners would. Even the wild vampire comes across as having more class than your typical vampire. Heâ€™s more Bram Stokerâ€™s â€œDraculaâ€ than the â€œ40 Days of Nightâ€ vampires.
Top that off with it reading like a classic â€œSherlock Holmesâ€ mystery with Holmes doing detective work and using his wit more than his brawn- and it’s easy to see that this formula works, splendidly.
The art, by Laci, gives the comic a true Victorian vibe. Despite Jean-Sebastien Rossbachâ€™s steampunk inspired cover art, the inside art stays true to the setting. The environment gives off that Victorian medieval clashing with the modern feel. Also, when the storyâ€™s in a bad part of town-The East End for example-the reader does get that feeling of â€œhere be ruffians.â€ You can even smell the liquor, horse manure and soot.
â€œSherlock Holmes and the Vampires of Londonâ€ is true modern Holmes literature. It has the charm of Doyleâ€™s writing style, vampires that arenâ€™t savage killers and art that brings London to life. Itâ€™s high literature meets comic.
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