Watson and Holmes - A Study In Black by Karl Bollers

Watson and Holmes - A Study In Black

New Paradigm Studios is proud to present its bold re-imagining of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic characters as African Americans living and operating in New York City's famous Harlem district. Watson, an Afghanistan war vet, works in an inner-city clinic; Holmes, a local P.I. who takes unusual cases...Circumstances bring the unlikely duo together to solve the case of a missing girl. Watson and Holmes bump heads along the way as they enter a lab...

Details Watson and Holmes - A Study In Black

TitleWatson and Holmes - A Study In Black
Release DateDec 11th, 2013
PublisherNew Paradigm Studios
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Fiction, Mystery, Crime, Comic Book, Graphic Novels Comics

Reviews Watson and Holmes - A Study In Black

  • Christine
    I enjoyed this better than the BBC Sherlock in terms of it being a contempory Sherlock. It equals Elementary in terms of dealing with modern problems in a real world as opposed to the Whoish feel of the BBC series. Also Bollers is better with the women charactes - Lestrade's counterpoint is Stroud, a woman for instance.
  • Valerie
    Beautiful graphic novel. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys retellings of Sherlock Holmes. The action isn't particularly compelling, & don't read it expecting major twists & intrigue, but there's a lot of heart that keeps things alive. I rather enjoyed the art style, the dialogue, & the appearance of "Mike". There were typos that made me cringe, & sometimes the words that are bolded really don't seem to make any sense as deserving of import (a ...
  • Terence
    I wanted to like this more. The idea of an African-American with Sherlock Holmes' character and intellect raised in Harlem sounds great but Bollers doesn't think it through. It felt too much like an episode from the Cumberbatch/Freeman Sherlock with the ethnicity tacked on.I do want to continue with the series, however, and see if Bollers can't make this iteration of Sherlock truly unique.
  • Elisabeth
    Probably the most interesting re-imagining of the famous duo. I like the story, the setting, and the characters, and I'm very glad Vol II has now been funded. The only problem I had was that I kept hearing Holmes' voice with an English accent, which I doubt this character has. But Watson is note-perfect and Mycroft is wonderful too. Very enjoyable.ETA 9/4: The problem with Holmes' voice was bugging me, so I re-read it with Elementary's Detective ...
  • Devann
    This was a really fun modern Sherlock Holmes adaptation. I thought both Holmes and Watson were very in character [unlike certain other adaptations that shall remain nameless] but also fit well into the modern world. This volume shows us how Holmes and Watson first met and solved their first case together. I will definitely be checking out volume 2 and would probably recommend this to people who like Elementary and other adaptations of that vein.
  • Karrie Stewart
    An fun re-imagining of Holmes and Watson in modern times Harlem. This be great as a show!
  • Elizabeth A
    In this retelling Holmes is a P.I., Watson is an Afghanistan war vet, now medical intern, and 221B Baker Street is located in Harlem, New York. I enjoyed the updated version of this duo, and the gritty, urban setting. Holmes sometimes talks in old-timey speak which does not make sense, and is no where as quirky as the original. Watson, though is great. I didn't love the art in this graphic novel, but do plan on reading the next installment to see...
  • Nicole
    Another surprise library find. The art was often a little rough and literally sketchy for my taste, but the writing was a good attempt to reimagine the characters and concepts in contemporary Harlem.
  • Rob McMonigal
    The greatest part of Sherlock Holmes is that he can be adapted into so many other forms, either indirectly (like House), with new adventures (too many to list, but the Bee Keeper's Apprentice is one of the best of these), or in a direct reference such as this one, Watson and Holmes.Here, John Watson is an Afghanistan War Vet who works at a local hospital. During his shift, he meets an eclectic man named Sherlock Holmes, who soon draws him into a ...
  • Garrett Seney
    A very interesting and different take on Sherlock Holmes! The writing and story are good! The editor leaves a little note when Holmes is explaining his deductions to tell you where to look back and see it for yourself. Overall, a great Sherlock Holmes story!
  • Lena
    Anyone who knows me remotely knows I adore Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous Sherlock Holmes. I grew up seeing two thick volumes of “The Complete Sherlock Holmes” on the bookshelf and always knew he was a brilliant detective. It wasn’t until a few years ago, when I endeavored to read Doyle’s works, that I understood the hype. Sherlock Holmes is my spirit animal, if spirit animals could be literary characters from the 19th century. When I ...
  • Hannah Givens
    The buzz was right -- this is a really good book. The first ingredient in a good Holmes story is a mesmerizing Holmes, and we've got it. He's a good detective, almost otherworldly but then when he explains his reasoning, it's obvious! His reveal scenes are much better than most of the TV and cinematic versions I've seen recently. His Watson is a big guy, a modern medical intern and war veteran, and as the title indicates he's just as important as...
  • Hollowspine
    Watson and Holmes are turning up everywhere these days. This interpretation takes Sherlock and John to Harlem, where Holmes is a P.I. and Watson a Afghanistan vet and medical intern. I initially enjoyed these new portrayals of the famous duo, they worked well together and John seemed very well adapted to this new modern world. I was a bit put off by Sherlock's inexplicable diction, use of the "Game is afoot" and other Olde English type vocab, whi...
  • Alan
    Sherlock Holmes appears to be a character everyone wants to update lately. The BBC has Sherlock (quite enjoyable as an aside), CBS has Elementary (which I've been told is good), and Karl Bollers takes Sherlock, places him in New York's Harlem, and tosses in a little bit of the George C. Scott movie They Might be Giants.Oh yeah, this Sherlock is African-American.Watson is an intern at a clinic where a baby is found in a dumpster. Combined with the...
  • Skye Kilaen
    Eisner nominated. Glyph award winner. And yet almost no one has read this? It's such a shame. All the familiar Sherlock Holmes elements are here, but remixed and made fresh. Holmes operates out of Harlem, New York City. He's an eccentric private investigator who shows up an an inner-city emergency clinic asking questions about a kid brought in unconscious. Watson is an ex-military medical intern at that clinic. When the kid's toxicology screen sh...
  • Robert Hudder
    So the modern world has an extreme fascination with Holmes - House MD, Elementary and the new British Sherlock all reimagine the classic detective. The three that I mention in particular have Holmes be more flawed like the books. Drug addict, social pariah with mommy issues. Watson and Holmes does something braver. It brings back Watson as a prime character. Watson is more than a scribbler along for the ride but has his own life and own issues. T...
  • B. P. Rinehart
    I have tried on many occasions to expose myself to and get into detective fictions. Some attempts are very successful, some are not. This is one of those good attempts. It takes the modern Sherlock Holmes story to Harlem and Watson is not simply a man way over his, head but a man who can handle himself just fine (story is told from his point-of-view). I really recommend this book and supporting this series overall.
  • Arlene
    New indeed4.25 stars This was a very good take on the classic Sherlock Holmes and Watson. But there were moment when the scene changes kinda through me off. And sometimes the dialogue seemed to drag on a bit too long in some scenes where it seemed like he was trying to make sure that Holmes said those classic Sherlock quotes. And Watson was just the muscle. The art was great..I think how it was drawn really help with the type of story he was tryi...
  • Shelley
    4.5. An updated Sherlock Holmes, set in Harlem with Jon Watson (medical intern post-Afghanistan), Holmes (PI) and Lesley Stroud (female LT on police force). This was such a pitch perfect update and adaptation. I honestly enjoyed it more than I do Sherlock. The art is a little too scratchy for my taste, but the coloring was gorgeous. The story was smooth and there were clues in the art all along, which I appreciated. I cannot wait for volume 2 to ...
  • Leland
    I love a good reimagining of classic works. And this is one of the best and most original Sherlock Holmes reimaginings I've seen.This time, Holmes and Watson are both African Americans and 221b Baker Street is located in Harlem. I really really really liked this one. I hope that there will soon be a volume two.
  • Betty
    Book #8 for my 50 book PoC Challenge.I liked this and thought it was interesting. It was fun but not especially profound, and the ending felt a bit abrupt.#weneeddiversebooks#50bookPoCchallenge
  • Stina
    Book #10 for 2018The Legendary Book Club of Habitica's Ultimate Reading Challenge: A book by an author of a different ethnicity than yourselfKey Words Challenge: February - AndPopSugar:- A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you- A book you borrowed or that was given to you as a giftAlphabet Soup: W50 States Challenge: New YorkFull House Bingo Square: Mystery or ThrillerBook Riot's Read Harder Challenge: - A comic written or illustrat...
  • Salamah
    I was really excited to read this but I am sorry to say that the story fell short. I felt the story became a little confusing to me and I eventually became bored. The story begins with babies being found thrown in the garbage. Watson a doctor in the ER tries to save the baby but the poor baby dies. Then another man with severe wounds comes into the ER and we meet private detectives Holmes. Then the story changes in a weird way. The two come toget...
  • Tyleach Watkins
    I was excited to finally read this graphic novel. I am a Sherlock Holmes fan in most of its iterations so I had high hopes for this version, perhaps the second version where the story is told as African American characters. It took a chapter or two, but i was drawn to these characters from Harlem. Watson is a bit more brooding but he is not the comic foil or clueless tagalong in this iteration. Holmes is a bit less of a PIA and has more manners, ...
  • Babsidi
    The premise was really cool, the story wasn't bad, and the art was pretty solid; I loved some of the character designs, particularly Detective Straud and Jon Watson. Something in the characters' dialogue, though, just was off-putting. While I'm no expert on AAVE, much of this book seemed to jump at random between classic Sherlockian English and stereotypical Black English words like 'bro and 'kat.' It felt like someone trying to affect a Black ac...
  • Jeffy Joseph
    A wonderful retelling of the classic duo which rectifies the shortcomings of the original. While Doyle's stories presented unusual problems and their solutions, they never used the medium for social critique. To me, the extent by which crime fiction can be used to expose the social ills is what makes it different from other genres. This retelling triumphs over the original for its focus on the contemporary issues. When most of the retelling of Ho...
  • Viccy
    I do not read a lot of graphic novels. Often, my mind creates the best illustration of the action. That being said, this graphic novel is quite good. Holmes and Watson, set in Harlem; Watson a medical intern, back from tours in Afghanistan and Holmes, a private detective, working with the police. A shooting victim shows up in Watson's ER, saying his sister has been kidnapped. Holmes appears and whisks Watson off to search for the missing sister. ...
  • Fraser Sherman
    So Jon Watson, Afghan vet and now NYC medical intern, is curious about a dead baby that turned up in a dumpster ... and that brings him into contact with Holmes, an enigmatic, brilliant PI. Oh, and they're both black (I'm surprised nobody, as far as I know, has tried that before). A solid job of storytelling, though Holmes so far doesn't seem anywhere near as eccentric as his prototype (just the fact that he does what he does is apparently eccent...
  • Siedah Simone
    Not the big fan of the purposeful misspellings to show slang in nearly any situation. But the story was there and felt like Sherlock & Watson which is what I mainly want from a retelling. Kinda had a Luke Cage vibe which was a fun parallel.
  • Daniel Cornwall
    Great re imagining of the Sherlock Holmes legend, moved to the gritty streets of Harlem. Sharp visual style, believable and positive characters working out their issues. As far as I can tell, they have a decent grasp of computer technology.