The GeeksverseSherlock Holmes Year One #1

Sherlock Holmes Year One #1
Published on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 by


Written by: Scott Beatty
Illustrated by: Daniel Indro
Colored by: Tony Avina
Lettered by: Simon Bowland
Cover Art: A- Francesco Francavilla; B- Aaron Campbell; C- Daniel Indro
Editor: Joseph Rybandt

There’s an interesting pacing to this issue. It starts midway through the crime, flashes back to the beginning and then cuts to the end. It’s interesting and it works as Beatty lays it out.

The narration is by Watson and only Watson. Even the part where it flashs back to Holmes at the beginning of the crime there is no look inside Holmes head. It’s a nice touch and I believe follows the books by Sir Author Conan Doyle. It’s been awhile since I last read a Holmes mystery so I’m not 100% positive. Either way it’s a nice narrative device, keeping Holmes thoughts a secret.

We learn more about Watson then we do Holmes and our introduction to Holmes is highly unusual. This is before Watson and Holmes worked together, so we learn about Holmes as Watson does. It works very well, having us discover the young Holmes through Watson.

Beatty does a good job capturing the feel of the time. He doesn’t overpower with the heavy speech patterns of the time, but just enough that we know when it takes place. This allows the book, and script, to flow smoothly and not get bogged down. He also handles Holmes deductions equally well. It’s an area where he could easily have bogged down, but he doesn’t.

The crime is fairly simple, an easy one to deduce, but it serves as a very good introduction to the series. By choosing this type of crime, which is interesting in plot but not heavy in mystery, it allows Beatty to spend more time on Holmes and Watson and develop them which is the purpose of a first issue. We already know Holmes is a master detective, and Beatty knows we know, so that allows him to spend less time on the depth of the mystery and more on the characters.

Indro’s art is very nice. His linework is a little rough, giving it a slightly messy look in parts, but the overall style is very nice. He’s got a good grasp of anatomy and the way the body moves, no poses looking awkward. He’s also nailed the time period very well. The clothing is highly detailed and fits the time of Victorian England.

His storytelling is pretty good, no jumps in the movement of the action through the panels and the story flows smoothly. His Holmes is a little nondescript and it’s nice to see him nail the trademark outfit at the end.

Sherlock Holmes Year One #1 receives
5 out of 5

A great start to the early years of Sherlock Holmes

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