Irene Adler Gets a Comic
Irene Adler, the only woman to outwit Sherlock Holmes, appeared in one 1891 story, “A Scandal in Bohemia”. She’s been a favorite ever since, particularly with people who want to pair Holmes up romantically in a traditional fashion. Now, Titan Comics is taking a different direction with the character.
Adler will be a five-issue miniseries starting in February 2020 in which she’s an action hero, teaming up with “famous Victorian heroines from science, history, and literature… such as Jane Eyre, Lady Havisham, Marie Curie, Carmilla, and Ayesha” to defeat Moriarty.
(Lady Havisham is from Great Expectations, the crazy spinster in her wedding dress in a ruined mansion. Carmilla is a vampire who appeared 26 years before Dracula. Ayesha is the She written by H. Rider Haggard. If you need me to explain Jane Eyre or Marie Curie to you, you are clearly not the audience for this story.)
It remains to be seen whether this is, as writer Lavie Tidhar puts it, “an entertaining action romp with some degree of political relevance” or just a generic thriller dressed up with a recognizable character name. I’m hoping for the former, obviously, although the preview pages below, with art by Paul McCaffrey, don’t really give us yet enough to be sure.
Adler can be ordered now from your local comic shop with the following Diamond codes:
- Cover by Butch Guice – DEC19 1887
- Cover by Paul McCaffrey – DEC19 1888
- Cover by Butch Guice – DEC19 1889
- Cover by Butch Guice – DEC19 1890
Cover price for all is $3.99 each. (Sherlockian in-joke: Holmes first appeared in 1887, which makes these order codes particularly apropos.)