The GeeksverseMoriarty: The Dark Chamber #1

Moriarty: The Dark Chamber #1
Published on Friday, May 13, 2011 by

Written by: Daniel Corey
Art by: Anthony Diecidue
Letters: Dave Lanphear
Cover Art: Anthony Diecidue

An interesting concept, turning the Holmes villian into the main character. And Moriarty is definately interesting. The story takes place 20 years after the death of Holmes and Moriarty, without the threat of Holmes to drive him on, has settled into a meager existence. He does the odd investigative job for the criminal element, but he’s nothing like he used to be.

And that’s when the Government comes looking for him. They need him to do a job for them.

The idea to use Moriarty is a good one. And the concept of this book is a good one. The execution is good.

But there is a but..

It’s wordy. Very wordy. Corey describes everything instead of letting the art convey anything. The narrative tone goes from future tense, telling a story, to present tense and sometimes in mid-caption.

I really liked the world that was created here, the idea of using Moriarty as a character, and the dark tone of the book. But it’s so very wordy. And some of the choices, on what to have the art show and what to have Moriarty say, are odd. In one instance the art is used to show an invitation that Moriarty receives. In this instance it’s very hard to read. And another time Corey has Moriarty say what the paper says in the captions. Why one way and then the other?

The story itself is a bit off. There’s two seperate things that only Moriarty ends up connecting. They, of course, do connect near the end of the story, but prior to that it’s only Moriarty’s thoughts that the two are related. And one of the disappearances only comes as a rumor. So it seems a stretch that the two are related, or is it a way for Corey to show the ‘genius’ of Moriarty?

The art is hard to describe. Morarity looks great in every scene he is in. But the rest of the cast? Some figures and characters are well drawn, on the level of the care given to Morarity. But then others are given less attention, less detail. It makes for a disjointed look.

The book has a dark tone and the colors support it. There is no light in this story.

The way Morarity is drawn is perfect for the character and the tone. If the rest of the characters and background had that kind of attention then the art on this book would be wonderful. But as it is, the art is hit and miss, mostly miss.

Moriarty: The Dark Chamber #1 receives
3 out of 5

Alot of potential and with time this could become an excellant series.

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