Revisiting Watson and Holmes
As many readers know, I’m a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes in many of his incarnations. That includes one of the recent comic reworkings, which I reread this weekend.
Watson and Holmes was a modernization that revamped the characters as Black men in modern-day New York. That makes a lot of sense for Watson’s Army background, as a war vet returned from Afghanistan. He’s meant to be the main character, working with a Holmes who refuses to be called Sherlock.
The series ran from 2013-2016 and had a difficult publication history, moving from digital to print and back again.
The end result was nine issues, collected in two books, which are available digitally (at half price at the time of writing) via ComiXology. They’re worth the read.
My favorite stories were the last two, at the end of volume two. Lyndsay Faye, who has written other Sherlockian stories, plots both of them. The first is a twist on “The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist”, while the second turns Irene Adler, opera singer, into a recording artist whose new single is desired by Moriarty for his label. It’s a clever update.
I wish there had been more, but apparently, the publisher is now working on getting interest in a media adaptation.