Thursday, December 18, 2014

Quick: "Sherlock Holmes and the Vampires of London" by Sylvain Cordurie and Lacoi

Quick: Sherlock Holmes and the Vampires of London by Sylvain Cordurie and Lacoi, 2014, 9781616552664.

My wife's library had a Christmas party. The boys wanted to look at books so we went early and I looked at the YA section's comic book novel collection. I grabbed this one, another comic book novel, and picked up a Hard Case Crime book from the new section.

This was fun but really suffers from it's small size. I really liked the illustrations but the dang images were too small, they deserve a bigger format.

Holmes has survived his fight with Moriarty at Reichenbach Falls and a month later is living under an assumed name in Paris.  Holmes is meeting Mycroft for dinner and they head back to Holmes's rented rooms. They find Holmes's landlady dead and Sherlock and Mycroft are attacked by vampires. Before the attack one of the vampirea announces their master wants Sherlock. Mycroft returns to London and Sherlock starts researching vampire history

Holmes figures the vampires will try again. They do. A vampire who looks exactly like the dead Irene Adler walks by and Holmes follows. Holmes follows her to a mansion, gets in some brief vampiric fisticuffs, a vampire burns after biting the holy-water-drinking-Holmes, Pseudo-Adler calls the other vampires off and says they will meet the Master vampire.

Holmes and Adler travel to London and meet the cruel Master. There is a rogue vampire out for revenge on the Master. Rogue's revenge involves the gratuitous public murder of wealthy Englishmen tied to the Queen. Rogue Vampire intends to disrupt the negotiated balance between Master Vampire and Queen Victoria. Master Vampires compels Holmes to search for the Rogue by threatening Watson and Watson's wife.

Holmes starts looking but plans his own counterattack upon the Master.  Holmes stalls a bit. Holmes studies the blood left behind by Rogue vampire. Holmes finds Rogue and they team up to destroy the Master.

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