Published on August 15th, 2018 | by Kevin Given


Review: Sherlock Holmes and the Vanishing Man #4

The action kicks off right away in this issue as Michael Williams has his victim on the top of a moving train, pointing a gun at his head. Then we flash back ten hours and Holmes getting hit in the head with a book! The adrenalin is flowing as we are drawn deeper into the mystery.

The Creative Team:

Moore and Reppion reveal Michael Williams secret at last. And we see that Holmes actually fails while succeeding. An interesting turn of events that would do Sir Arthur Conan Doyle proud. Great stuff includes the outcome of the battle on top of the train and the surprise guest at the funeral of Hookham.

Julius Ohta with the color palette of Ellie Wright does a great job of making these panels feel like we’re in Victorian England. The style is simple, yet effective in its execution. I really enjoyed how the panels flowed and showed the characters develop. Highlights include the opening page of the train in motion with the characters as shadowy silhouettes on top and the fight scene with Holmes in disguise later on in this issue.

In Conclusion:

It’s a real treat to see this mystery unravel by the end of this issue and the surprises we get should have been obvious by the clues in previous issues, but our senses won’t let us accept the truth “Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.” Has never been on greater display here. An awesome issue that wraps up this tale nicely. ***1/2 (8.7 rating)

Sherlock Holmes and the Vanishing Man #4

Writer – Leah Moore, John Reppion

Art – Julius Ohta

Colors – Ellie Wright

Letters – Simon Bowland

Publisher – Dynamite

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About the Author

Kevin Given has studied with "Longridge Writers Group" and "Writer's Boot Camp" a speech/communications major from the University of Maine Presque-Isle/Orono sites. He has created the "Karl Vincent Vampire Hunter" franchise which includes 2 novels and 8 comic books. They can be found on amazon, Indyplanet and Kindle. For a limited time you can get digital copies of "Karl Vincent: Vampire hunter" #1 and "Files of Karl Vincent" #1 for free on Indyplanet. Kevin is producing the third novel in the series "Dracula Rising" (working title) and developing "Foul Blood" into comic book form.

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