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The Hound of the Baskervilles (Sherlock Holmes Graphic Novels Adaptation #1)

4.11  ·  Rating Details  ·  7,745 Ratings  ·  78 Reviews
After the success of their Illustrated Classics version of The Picture of Dorian Gray, Ian Edginton and I.N.J. Culbard have teamed up again to create a visually compelling graphic novel adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s masterpiece. The superb writing and beautiful art takes Conan Doyle’s supernatural tale to new heights.

All the elements are here for a thrilling tale: A g
Paperback, Graphic Novel, 132 pages
Published August 6th 2009 by Sterling (first published 2009)
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Jul 31, 2011 Michael rated it it was amazing
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The key to producing a good adaptation of The Hound of the Baskervilles in any media is for the producers to understand that perhaps the most important character in the story is not Sherlock Holmes, or Doctor Watson; it's the moor and the atmosphere it generates in all its aspects, whether it be the shadow filled night or the stark brightness of the day. Ian Edginton's adaptation of the famous story into the medium of graphic novel is very faithful to the Conan Doyle origina
Jul 21, 2011 Laurel rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
I love reading a classic Sherlock Holmes story, but I've never "seen" an interpretation of a Holmes mystery. The graphics and coloring enhanced both the settings and the emotional responses of the characters to the plot. I thought that the writer also did an excellent job of adapting the material to a new format. All in all, I'm very interested to read/view many more!
Jan 19, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who love mysteries
This was my first time reading a novel starring Sherlock Holmes. I've always wanted to read about Sherlock Holmes after seeing a few movies, etc., but never got around to it. I recently went to see the newest "Sherlock Holmes" movie starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law and decided it was time I sat down and read the stories for myself. (I thought the movie was great by the way. Definitely worth seeing on the big screen) So I put it on my Christmas list and this is the book I got. First of al ...more
Karol Tomaštíková
Apr 16, 2015 Karol Tomaštíková rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
4.5 *
Big plus for me was the artwork which I really enjoyed. The style is just right for the story, everything is clear and understandable. I can see people who didn't read the original enjoying this graphic novel. It is really a great adaptation of Sherlock Holmes' adventures!
Feb 25, 2016 Jimmy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a graphic novel adaptation of Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes Classic, The Hound of the Baskervilles. Doyle wrote this book eight years after he penned the story called “The Final Problem,” in which Holems has already been killed off but as the forward of this graphic novel stated, Doyle brought back Holmes because he needed “a strong central figure to hold the plot together.” In the world of Sherlock Holmes, this is a tale that was supposed to have taken place before Holmes’ death. This i ...more
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This graphic novel adaptation of the famous Sherlock Holmes novel arrests the attention of lovers of pictorial narrative. It has a steampunk sensibility in terms of the snap and sharpness it brings to this Victorian Period story. Edginton has a talent for creating a high fidelity evocation of the novel in terms of his adept selection of dialogue and plot threads, while Culbard is a graphic artist to be reckoned with in terms of his stylistic attitude and eye for detail.

I rarely see gra
Adam Molloy
Feb 19, 2013 Adam Molloy rated it liked it
In The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle adapted by Ian Edginton, a thrilling story is told in graphic novel form in only 128 pages. It is about the mysterious Baskerville curse, that a demon hound comes out and kills any Baskerville that crosses the moor at night. Sherlock Holmes comes in the story to try and figure out the curse. Meanwhile, Henry Baskerville interacts with his neighbors, Jack Stapleton and his sister Beryl. Watson finds a number of suspects: Barrymore, a lone fig ...more
Seth T.
Nov 11, 2011 Seth T. rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Edginton and Culbard

After an unsuccessful permanent hiatus (and killing off his great detective), Arthur Conan Doyle returned to Sherlock Holmes and penned perhaps his most famous of the sleuth’s stories. The Hound of the Baskervilles was well-regarded and is still read by students and Holmes aficionados every year. I, however, have never read the book and approached this adaptation in near total ignorance. As mentioned recently, I have some familiarity with the characters and their inclinations via the cultural hi
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Adapted from the original novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Illustrated by I. N. J. Culbard
Text adapted by Ian Edginton


I read the original novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle a few years ago and really enjoyed it, although I felt there was a lot more Dr. Watson than Sherlock Holmes in it. Not that I’m complaining in any way though. There would be no Sherlock without his faithful chronicler and friend, after all.

When I stumbled upon this graphic novel adaptation I was immediately intrigued as to ho
Jul 21, 2014 Caidyn rated it really liked it
I saw this book on my library's website and I knew I had to read it. This is my favorite Holmes case, and I knew that I couldn't let it just go on without me having tried it. I'm not a huge fan of graphic novels to be honest. Probably why I knocked a star off; they just progress too fast and I love a slow progression, which is why I greatly enjoy classic novels since they're always so slow to get through. Still, I enjoyed this. Especially since it was in color. That and the fact that the person ...more
Emily Green
Aug 11, 2011 Emily Green rated it liked it
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of Baskervilles, adapted into a graphic novel by Ian Edington is a pleasurable read. Coupled with I.N.J. Culbard’s amusing illustrations, the novel manages to be both entertaining and add to the mystique of Sherlock Holmes.

Sherlock Holmes is a delightful character because he is not only intelligent, but hyper aware of all that goes on around him. He seems to have superhero qualities, but in reality, he is just an extraordinary human, better than most of us, but
Mar 15, 2010 Treasa rated it it was amazing
This review is actually for graphic novel by Ian Edginton and I.N.J. Culbard. Goodreads seems to think it is just another edition of Doyle's book, as does Amazon, actually, which is a little strange. I mean, in a way, it is another edition of Doyle's book... but it's also a graphic novel adaptation.

I loved this book. Doyle's book is amazing, and I thought this adaptation was wonderfully done. The illustrations are perfect. The style is just right for the story, everything is clear and understand
Aug 23, 2011 Andy rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
This is the second of the Sherlock Holmes graphic adaptations by Ian Edginton that I've read (though the first they produced). I've already announced my love for Holmes and '...Baskervilles' was the story that really inspired me to check them out many, many years ago. Arguably the most famous Holmes tale, it's also one of the more different with a strong sense of the supernatural. Almost a Sherlock ghost story.

The desolate, haunting setting of the Moors works effectively in the wonderfully illus
Orrin Grey
Feb 24, 2011 Orrin Grey rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
I've never actually read any version of The Hound of the Baskervilles before this, though I've encountered it's descendants in any number of Holmesian supernatural pastiches and homages. Prior to picking up this volume, the closest I'd ever come to the actual story was the great Hammer adaptation with Peter Cushing, and how close that actually is is probably up for debate.

Mostly, though, I didn't pick up this version to get closer to the story, either, I picked it up as a sampler of the art of I
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I enjoyed the matte full color artwork of the story. Certainly, it was obvious the author had stayed true to the Doyle work and did not give into temptation to modernize the dialog or settings. That dedication is both the best and worst part of the grapic novel: the book, when shorn of the imagination when the brain translates everything from page, tends to become very dry.

The artwork felt very 1940s Dick Tracy: a lot of
Once again reading outside my comfort zone, this is a classic graphic novelization of a famous mystery story. I typically don't enjoy either classics or mysteries. This is a famous story of Sir Charles Baskerville who has recently died suddenly, and Henry Baskerville, his nephew and the heir to his estate who is being threatened. Sherlock and Watson travel with Henry to the moor to investigate the threat, made complicated by an escaped murderer, jealousy, mysterious family dynamics, and a possib ...more
Francesca Rock
Apr 10, 2014 Francesca Rock rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2014

Soooooooooo. I hated this. And I can't help but feel that it is my own fault. I've read a few Sherlock books before, though never this one, and I should have realized that this is not the kind of book you read as a graphic novel. You know why? Because Sherlock mostly stands around talking - that's why! So on most of the pages there were merely depictions of Sherlock standing in front of Watson chatting and deducing - that's it! Yes, the hound was impressive to look upon, but that's about it. Eve
Jul 27, 2014 Gracelyn rated it really liked it
I have grown up with the adventures of Sherlock Holmes & Dr. Watson. From reading the books to listening to a midnight radio play to watching the story unfold at a mystery theatre. I thought that was it for mediums of taking in this tale.

This discovery at my local library proved me wrong in many ways. That graphic fiction novels are:

a. Not all filled with cape wearing super heroes,
b. Just for little kids,
c. That a word lover like me who's not a big fan of visuals in my fictions because it
Aug 21, 2013 Kurt rated it really liked it
Hound of the Baskervilles, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. 160 pages + 9928 = 10088 pages for 2012.
This was a second book, a part of the Study in Scarlet novel I just read. I enjoyed it more than the first. The author shifts the scene from London into an incredibly dark and dreary moor in the English wilderness. The protagonist, a survivor of a long line of Baskervilles, is worried for his life—and rightly so. He is hunted by an unknown member of the family, long ago disinherited and seeking to take
Austin Miller
Apr 14, 2015 Austin Miller rated it really liked it
Grade/interest level:5-8
Reading level: 1090
Genre: Fiction
Main Characters:Sherlock Holmes
Setting: Log cabin
POV: First

This book is about a hound. It is painted in glow in the dark paint to make it look scary. Sherlock holmes goes on journey to try to find this hound. Read the book to find out if he catches the hound.
Sep 28, 2014 Magila rated it really liked it
This was very good. I found A Study in Scarlet to be a bit better. It felt like this was very good, but that the author cut his teeth on this classic before coming into his own in SS.

These are indispensable for the classroom. I strongly recommend them for this application, and libraries as well.
Jul 29, 2014 Adriana rated it really liked it
This was actually a pretty great effort in telling such a complex tale in graphic format.
Yes, it skips a lot of things and simplifies everything, but I would recommend it as an introduction to Holmes for younger readers who might be put off by ACD’s (at times) wordy writing.
Patrice Sartor
My 12-year old son brought this home from the school library for me to read. He enjoyed it more than average, and gives it 4 stars. I'd give it 3.5.

I've not read the original story, though I had some idea of the story before reading. I am a fan of the BBC Sherlock series, but their version of The Hound of the Baskervilles is my least favorite episode.

This graphic novel, however, is well done. The story moves along well, the mystery is intriguing, and I liked watching Sherlock and Watson in actio
Mar 06, 2014 Diana rated it really liked it
My 1st Sherlock book! I'm hooked! Amazingly current, readable who dun it. Am having a hard time not just moving into the next... I got hooked on Sherlock, the PBS phenom and decided to read some of the mysteries. Guess I'm not alone in my new addiction!
Sep 22, 2014 Michi rated it really liked it
This was the first Sherlock Holmes novel I read and it has aged well: It's still a very exciting read! Sherlock Holmes is a tad omniscient for my taste, but I guess that is to be expected. He is Sherlock Holmes after all.
Aug 28, 2010 Kevin rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
I randomly picked up The Hound of the Baskervilles when it was on display at the library. I've never really read a graphic novel, so I wasn't sure what to expect. To my surprise, I actually liked it.

I realize that I'm really late to the graphic novel game, but I just like the visualization of the story.

The only thing was... after I read it (which only took about 2 hours total), I didn't feel like I really accomplished reading anything. Yeah, I got the story, but my brain wasn't engaged in the s
Oct 21, 2014 Liza rated it it was amazing
This book was a pretty good thriller, I would recommend it to anyone that wants a book that has suspicion, suspense, mystery, and a little bit of drama attached to it.
- Liza Safyan
Mar 26, 2015 Helene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Assurément mon histoire préférée de toutes les aventures du célèbre détective ! La voir reproduite d'une manière aussi sublime m'a laissé sans voix, et je sais d'ores et déjà que c'est un livre qui me servira pour faire connaitre Sherlock Holmes à mes enfants !
Apr 30, 2014 Lisa rated it liked it
Plus a half star. I'm not sure I loved the plot but I liked the writing, the characters and even though I caught on to the hound, I didn't know who the bad guy was.
Aug 11, 2015 Jaylin rated it it was amazing
The artwork in this was really great. I'm probably going to go ahead and try and read any other Sherlock Holmes stories that are in this graphic novel type.
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Edginton sees part of the key to his success coming from good relationships with artists, especially D'Israeli and Steve Yeowell as well as Steve Pugh and Mike Collins. He is best known for his steampunk/alternative history work (often with the artist D'Israeli) and is the co-creator of Scarlet Traces, a sequel to their adaptation of H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds. With 2000 AD we has written L ...more
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