Graphic Classics: Arthur Conan Doyle

 GCAD   (Eureka, 2006)

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The greatest asset of this collection is also its most grievous flaw.

A digression: In the novel Paperback Writer, The Beatles reunite. Fans, rather than being ecstatic at the reunion concert, are disappointed to hear new material rather than the Beatles classics they had anticipated. After a certain point, we don’t want more, as much as we want the familiar.

Similarly, when thinking of Doyle, readers expect Sherlock Holmes. They want Sherlock Holmes. And, in this instance, they don’t really get Sherlock Holmes.

Sure, there are two short Holmes tales (“The Copper Beeches” and “The Engineer’s Thumb”), but they’re not enough nor are they among the best–known. But such works as Hound of the Baskervilles are probably just too long to adapt in this format.

So, if you’re looking for Sherlock Holmes Illustrated, this won’t do the trick. But, if you’re interested in some of Doyle’s lesser–known works, you’ll find them here.

Most interesting are Doyle’s takes on electricity and mechanical engineering, fields that were still in their infancy when he was in his prime.

— Jack Abramowitz

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