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The Baker Street Four, Vol. 1 (1) Paperback – May 2, 2017
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A fan of comics, role-playing games, and imaginary worlds, Olivier Legrand is also a professor of letters. In 2009, he co-authored The Baker Street Four with Jean-Blaise Djian, a series that has quickly become a must-have in the detective genre. Together they also created the first volume of The Later Argonauts and Prospero.
David Etien was born in 1981 in the suburbs of Paris, where he still lives. Comic strips have always been the medium by which he wanted to express himself. After studying in Parisian art schools, he returned to Les Gobelins in 2002, where his training allowed him to work on animated feature films such as Persepolis and Lucky Luke. It is with The Baker Street Four, written by Olivier Legrand and Djian, that David has had the opportunity to share his passion and talent for comics with the world!
- Publisher : Insight Comics (May 2, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 112 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1608878783
- ISBN-13 : 978-1608878789
- Reading age : 11 - 17 years
- Item Weight : 15.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 7.75 x 0.4 x 10.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,403,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The story is written by Olivier Legrand & J.B. Djian. The virtuoso art is by David Etien. This volume includes two full stories (really novella sized). Both stories are solid. I've always been a fan of the canonical Holmes stories which include the Irregulars, and even though these stories obviously aren't in the canon, they live up to the Holmes legacy.
I've read a -lot- of Holmes pastiches and stories and homages... most of them are weak in one respect or another. These two stories are entertaining and complete. I enjoyed both so very much.
The art is absolutely beautiful and lifts the narrative to a whole other level.
As other reviewers have stated, because this is a graphic novel (i.e., 'comic book') it doesn't follow that it's a kid book. There is a lot of explicit fighting and violence, prostitution and adult themes.
Well worth picking up. Lovely treatment of Holmes and the Irregulars!
Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher.
The Baker Street Four are a group of children who assist Sherlock Holmes, but when 'Sherlock is away the children play' and they solve their own mysteries. All based in London, in the first story the children solve the crime of a missing young girl who is kidnapped from the streets. In the second story the children get mixed up in the conflict between the Russian Tsar and the Revolutionaries he is trying to put down.
The storylines are engaging and have a good pace and they certainly held my attention. The artwork is excellent with really clear and bright colours, and very detailed pictures. It was a pleasure to read and easy to follow.
The one aspect I truly enjoyed was the context. The pictures really illustrated London and I especially liked the drawings of St Paul's and the Embankment. It was all done really well.
In summary this is a great graphic novel and an entertaining story.
The story was well plotted and interesting. I felt the authors did a great job encapsulating the characterizations of the Baker Street Irregulars within these pages.
The dialogue was well written and seemed appropriate for the time period. I think the old English style phrases and sentence structure might be a little hard for the average person to understand but if you stick with it the story is actually good. Have to admit coming from an Irish family I was a little annoyed at the derogatory uses towards the Irish but when it comes to British stories, especially during this time period, it comes with the territory so you have to let it go and realize the authors are being true towards historical facts and not racist. In that vein they created believable characters for the Baker Streets to interact with for their story.
This is a unique idea focusing on the Irregulars because when it comes to Holmes his story has been told so often and in so many different variations but rarely with any emphasis on this adorable group of mini-spies.
In both stories, the kids help out young women. In the first story, the young woman is about to be sold into prositution, and the kids have to work with people they know on the streets to help her out. In the second story, the young woman is on the run from her home country of Russia. Assassins are out to kill her, and her companions are being framed with the murders of Jack the Ripper. This time out, Sherlock Holmes is out of the country on a case, so the kids will have to figure this one out on their own.
The stories don't particularly feel like Sherlock Holmes stories, and that could be because he only makes fleeting appearances. These aren't really mysteries either so much as adventure stories. They are fun and I liked Billy, Charlie and Tom. The art is pretty good with lots of details in some of the street and bar scenes. In spite of the subject matter, I think younger readers would like these adventures.
I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Insight Editions and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.