Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle. (Adaption: Ian Edginton. Art: I.N.J Culbard)
Publisher: Self Made Hero
TOTAL RATING: 3.6 STARS
There’s been a ton of adaptions of the famous adventures of Sherlock Holmes and his companion mystery solver Dr John Watson, but apart from TV and movie adaptions I’d not really tried to get into the original book forms.
I did try and listen to the audiobook version of A Study in Scarlet a few years back but found the narrator dull and dry and that’s nothing against the story. I happen to find the “Study in Scarlet” story premise fascinating and one of the better ones adapted to other formats but finding this graphic novel of the Hound of the Baskervilles, a story I was aware of but not completely versed in to the point that I knew it before sitting down to read was a pleasure.
So, it begins as many a Sherlock Holmes mystery does, in the sitting room of 221B Baker Street where we find Sherlock and Watson discussing a previous case. Quickly enough a young man arrives at their door and as the now famous line states, “The case is a foot!”
Tales of ancient curses, mad chases through Victorian London and then the rest of the story takes place across the windswept landscape of Dartmoor.
The story is twisting mind trip of deceit and double takes as you second guess what you know, spending much of the time in Dr Watson’s POV but it’s a great tension building narrative that drives the story. While in my honest opinion, it’s not the strongest of the Sherlock novels and the adaptation while good is limited, I had a good time reading it, mainly thanks to the stunning artwork of Culbard’s.
A worthwhile story for mystery and Holmes fans in general but don’t expect it to knock your socks off.