Sherlock Holmes: Year One #5 Writer: Scott Beatty
Penciller/Inker: Daniel Indro
Release date: July 13, 2011
I love Sherlock Holmes, though I have not read any of the novels as of yet. Until I do though, there’s a different way to read about the detective — in comics. I have watched a lot of the movies and TV shows, and seen how the master detective uses his powers of deduction to solve what some consider to be impossible crimes.
This 6-issue series is called Sherlock Holmes: Year One and it is a look at how the team up of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson came to be. As the series begins we see brutal murders happening, and it will of course be up to Sherlock Holmes to solve these murders. The villain is known as “The Twelve Caesars Killer” as he been striking fear into the people of London. As Holmes begins to discover the possible secret behind this vicious murderer’s secret, it is questioned as to whether or not Holmes may be a part of the problem. While Holmes and Watson discover the methods and reasons for the crimes, they are still not able to deduce who is responsible.
This brings us to the current issue which comes out this week, Sherlock Holmes: Year One #5. With the “Twelve Caesars Killer” still on the loose and the case still ongoing, a woman from Holmes’ past shows up with bad news. This alone adds to the story with Holmes having two things now to deal with. While Watson is following a hunch of his own, Holmes is beginning to come very close to discovering who the killer is. But with a name like the “Twelve Caesars Killer,” you know that twelve bodies will be found no matter what happens or who gets in the way. Can Holmes and Watson discover the madman behind this or will their first case together end in disaster? Well, you will have to read this issue to find out and the read the final issue the month after to see how the story ends for our detectives.
I really enjoyed the creativeness and the writing and art that went into this series, it gives it a dark look especially for it being back in the 1800’s London. You get a good feel that the author knew not only where these characters have been, but where they are going. This is a good read if you are a Sherlock Holmes fan or you are maybe needing a break from the capes and tights type of books. That or you just want something good and fun to read. Pick these up, I don’t think you will be disappointed.