Sherlock Holmes in Comics – Revamps and Original Spins

Stories inspired by the original, but with different character takes or settings.

Sherlock: A Study in Pink

Sherlock: A Study in Pink (Titan Comics, 2017, originally published in Japanese) adapts the first Sherlock TV episode, as written by Steven Moffat, art by Jay. Sherlock Holmes lives in (then-modern-day, 2010) London, where he meets and rooms with a veteran Army doctor, John Watson. They investigate a series of murders in a tale based on A Study in Scarlet with many significant changes.

Sherlock: The Blind Banker

Sherlock: The Blind Banker (Titan Comics, 2017) adapts the second Sherlock TV episode, written by Steve Thompson, art by Jay. It has no significant connection to any Doyle Holmes story.

Sherlock: The Great Game

Sherlock: The Great Game (Titan Comics, 2018) adapts the third Sherlock TV episode, the final of the first season, written by Mark Gatiss, art by Jay. In it, Sherlock meets Jim Moriarty after solving a series of puzzles and bombings. One of the cases is inspired by “The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans”.

The three volumes are also available in a boxed set.

Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia

Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia (Titan Comics, 2020) retells the first half of the BBC TV show episode (the first of the second season). It introduces a new version of Irene Adler, created by Doyle in “A Scandal in Bohemia”. She is here a blackmailing dominatrix. The second volume, completing the story, is due out in March 2022.

Sherlock Bones

Sherlock Bones is a manga series by Yuma Ando and Yuki Sato where the detective has been reincarnated as a small dog (7 volumes in English, Kodansha, 2013-2014).

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Shirley and Jamila Save Their Summer

Shirley and Jamila Save Their Summer (Dial Books for Young Readers, 2020) features Shirley Bones, who is observant and solves mysteries for other kids, and Jamila Waheed, who is more concerned about building friendships. These two ten-year-old girls are wonderful revamps of the classic Holmes/Watson pairing.

Watson and Holmes

Watson and Holmes featured, as suggested by the title, Watson as lead, with the characters as Black men in modern-day New York. An excellent read, the stories were written by Karl Bollers and others and drawn by Rick Leonardi and others. Watson and Holmes: A Study In Black (New Paradigm Studios, 2013) was the first collection. The second was simply called Volume 2 (New Paradigm Studios, 2016).