The Case for a Sherlock Holmes Multiverse

Here is where I make canonists angry. Boom. So, Sherlock Holmes is kind of like Michael Moorcock’s ‘Eternal Champion.’ Holmes is different than a Paladin of Balance as he isn’t there to restore/maintain balance between Law and Chaos, he’s there to ensure justice in any way it needs to manifest. His mind and prowess are wonders, but his demons stop him from reaching his full potential. As great as he is, as helpful as he is, he cannot ascend past being an excellent consulting detective. He can never ascend to shining hero status. His demons can range from addiction, to misogyny, to broken and unhealthy relationships, or a combination of them all. The constant is that he wages an intense personal/internal battle in every universe. This impedes him from being nothing more than a celestial tool for those seeking redress.

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Why ‘Elementary’ is Far Superior to ‘Sherlock’

[Ed. note: In most geek circles, the BBC’s modern interpretation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories — starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman — gets most of the praise and attention from fans. In 2012, CBS put its own Sherlock Holmes adaptation on the air in the form of Elementary with Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu as the iconic Holmes and Watson. Needless to say, we at the NOC prefer the latter. Here are ten reasons why. — KC]

Oh yes, I go there.

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The Game’s Afoot: The Watson and Holmes Interview

Originally posted at Diamond Bookshelf

Writer Karl Bollers and comics veteran Rick Leonardi introduce a new twist to the classic Sherlock Holmes mythology with Watson and Holmes Volume 1: A Study in Black — the first volume in the series that casts Holmes and Watson as African Americans in Harlem, published by New Paradigam Studios.

Watson, an Afghanistan war vet, works in an inner-city clinic; Holmes, a local P.I. who takes unusual cases. When one of them ends up in Watson’s emergency room, the unlikely duo strike up a partnership to find a missing girl. Watson & Holmes bump heads along the way as they enter a labyrinth of drugs, guns, gangs and a conspiracy that goes higher and deeper than they could have imagined.

PREVIEWS editor Marty Grosser got a chance to talk with New Paradigm Studios’ Founder and President Brandon Perlow, along with writer Karl Bollers, about Watson and Holmes, the inspiration for their new take on the classic characters, and the state of diversity in comics today.

(Full disclosure: the Diamond Bookshelf used to be my old stomping grounds as I managed/edited it from 2004-07. Many thanks to Marty for letting us republish the interview here!)

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