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A Study in Scarlet (Sherlock Holmes Graphic Novels Adaptation #2)

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After the success of their other Illustrated Classics editions, Ian Edginton and I.N.J. Culbard have once again teamed up. This time, they’ve created a visually compelling graphic novel adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s masterpiece A Study in Scarlet—which introduced the world to the immortal detective Sherlock Holmes and his friend and chronicler, Dr. Watson.


Paperback, Graphic Novel, 129 pages
Published February 11th 2010 by Sterling (first published 1875)
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Seth Hahne
I have not read Holmes. I have certainly encountered him in movies, television shows, essays, and other pop-cultural artifacts, but I have not read his cases and have no firsthand experience with his interlocutor, Arthur Conan Doyle. So when I speak of A Study in Scarlet as adapted by I.N.J. Culbard and Ian Edginton, you’ll kindly bear my context in mind. I cannot speak to their faithfulness to their source material but to the quality of their final product alone.

A Study in Scarlet by Conan Doyle, Edginton, and Culbard

For the most part at any rate. I...more
A fine reduction of the novel. My main criticism is that Holmes looks too "dashing" in the art, like a skinny Superman with a comb-over.
Elizabeth Los
"There’s the scarlet thread of murder running through the colourless skin of life, and our duty is to unravel it, and isolate it, and expose every inch of it." - Sherlock Holmes

A Study in Scarlet is the first Sherlock Holmes story written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Doctor John Watson, recently having returned home after the war and illness, is in need of a flatmate due to his limited monetary resources. Upon meeting Holmes, the detective quickly deduces from where and what war Watson as returned...more
Review from Badelynge.
This isn't the first time A study in Scarlet has been adapted into a graphic novel but it is still a welcome addition. Ian Edginton is very faithful to Doyle's story. The book is quite pleasing all round. Ian Culbard delivers a style of art that doesn't ape the Strand illustrations, rather he chooses to caricature the characters using Doyle's descriptions. Everyone is instantly recognizable throughout. A narrow palette of colours is used, mainly all shades of brown and blue...more
The stories of Sherlock Holmes were one of my first introductions to the mystery genre and so it was with a mixture of excitement and hesitancy that I read this volume. There was excitement in re-reading this fantastic story and seeing how it would translate to images. However, there was hesitancy in reading a well-crafted story in another form and wondering if the new form ruins the precision of the story and the memory of what the story was and meant.

Fortunately, this full colour graphic novel...more
I never read the Sherlock Holmes novels!

I really enjoyed this graphic novel. The drawing style, the colours (very atmospheric) and the texts were really good. At the end of the first part I was kind of confused, how Holmes found the murderer, but the last chapters wrapped that part up very nicely.
It also confused me that this novel is actually the second one in the Sherlock Holmes graphic novel series - since it is the first Sherlock Holmes novel - but I found out, that this baby was published...more
Great adaptation of the classic Holmes story. I love the genesis of Holmes and Watson's relationship as seen through Watson's narrative. I think this story shows Holmes' classic deduction and reasoning skills better than some of the other books.

Love the graphic re-interpretations. I'd love to see more of these...
This works much better as a novel rather than a graphic novel. The clever pacing and the feeling that you're always trying to catch up is disrupted by the graphic novel format (which is still a fun way to read this book, but not ideal).
The story was of course brilliant and I did enjoy the graphic style.
Though Holmes took some getting use to, so use to his face being that of Benedict Cumerbach.
I've always loved Sherlock Holmes stories and all things associated with Doyle's universe. Being a fan of graphic novels, I picked this up a year or so ago along with The Hound of the Baskervilles (my next book to read).

The artwork in this story was fantastic - vivid colors, clean lines and the lettering was clean and easy to read. I though Edginton did a great job in adapting the text to graphic novel form. The story didn't lose anything vital and flowed well.

If you're a fan of Sherlock Holmes,...more
Christopher Jamison
This is my first introduction to Sherlock Holmes (in print). Gwinnett Co. Public Library edition.
After binge watching some episodes of Sherlock, I was in the mood for some Sherlock Holmes. I bought two of these Sherlock Holmes graphic novels while I was in London at the Sherlock Holmes Museum. (My dad continues to call them comic book, which they are not) I read this in a couple sittings because the first night I started it, I was extremely tired. But basically, I love the story, I loved the illustrations. I thought Sherlock and Watson were beautifully drawn and looked great in the book! I...more
Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: This was a Cybils '10 nominee and I hadn't read it by the time judging was due as it was not a contender by that time and I'm just now getting to it.

I was a young teenager when I read through all of Doyle's Sherlock Holmes and since then I've only reread the occasional short story as it appears in anthologies that cross my path so my memory is dim on the book. A bit brighter on the various movie versions but that is still some time ago as I don't watch much TV anymore; all th...more
Dec 29, 2012 Leanne rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Children as intro to Holmes; Fans of Holmes

This is a very faithful comic book adaptation of the classic Holmes story. I consider the story a little less solid than the other Holmes stories--in the novella, the second half is occasionally boring to me. It moves along much more quickly in this adaptation, which was very pleasant, especially if one has already read the novella.

The artwork is more cartoonish than I usually like, but it's very well done and I enjoyed it. The only thing that bothered me about the art was the way Holmes looked.

Sarah Sammis
A Study in Scarlet by by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was first published in Beeton's Christmas Annual. It's been more than 20 years since I first read it but after seeing Moffat's take on it as "A Study in Pink" I wanted to refresh my memory. Ian Edginton's graphic novel version of A Study in Scarlet was a fun way to revisit the original mystery.

This is the story that introduces Dr. Watson, newly returned from Afghanistan, to Sherlock Holmes. Watson is in need of affordable housing and Holmes is in n...more
It is interesting to be fairly familiar with the overall concept of Sherlock Holmes and company, from simply the popularity it has regained in recent years with the Robert Downey Jr movies, the Cumberbatch British series, as well as Elementary most recently, and not have actually read much of the classic stories these all spring from. I've enjoyed all of the above, save for Elementary, though I've friends who like it greatly, and in starting to read the stories now, it is like discovering a new...more
Review from Badelynge.
This isn't the first time A study in Scarlet has been adapted into a graphic novel but it is still a welcome addition. Ian Edginton is very faithful to Doyle's story. The book is quite pleasing all round. Ian Culbard delivers a style of art that doesn't ape the Strand illustrations, rather he chooses to caricature the characters using Doyle's descriptions. Everyone is instantly recognizable throughout. A narrow palette of colours is used, mainly all shades of brown and blue...more
S. J.
Jun 26, 2013 S. J. rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No One
Recommended to S. by: Original Text; Graphic Novel
I can't say anything about the conversion of Doyle's text to comic book form, because I really didn't get far enough to really evaluate it.

I couldn't take the illustrations. The artist's style was so bad (in my opinion) and so bizarre that I could not focus. I haven't had such trouble since the Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel and I was able to work through that after a bit of trouble. This was impossible to get into and I couldn't make myself stay past eight pages. I love the original text and...more
THIS BOOK IS BLOODY BEAUTIFUL. No, really. I just finished re-reading it for the fifth time. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is a master of psychology. Framing the story through Watson's point of view is genius, as it allows him to elegantly contrast the different perceptions of Watson and Holmes. This story in particular fascinates me because of its incorporation of Mormonism and Utah Lore. It would seem that Doyle knew exactly what he was talking about. Onto more Holmes.
Jeanette Johnson
Well done graphic mystery. This book takes the classic Sherlock Holmes series and introduces the reader to the character of Sherlock Holmes in his first mystery. We find out how he meet Dr. Watson and what part he plays with the police investigations.
There have been plenty of graphic novel adaptations of Sherlock Holmes stories over the years, but Ian Edginton and I.N.J. Culbard knew what they were doing when they chose to try their hand at this, the first of the Sherlock Holmes adventures. In this novel Holmes and Watson meet for the first time and the doctor war veteran gets to see firsthand how Holmes' intelligence and ingenuity solve the crime of two men murdered alongside the mysterious word "RACHE". The story is all the more remarkable...more
A fair adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle's classic. Graphics: The faces of characters are exaggerated, almost to the line of caricature, to represent their personalities more obviously; but 'the prominent chin' of Sherlock Holmes wasn't THAT prominent in my imagination. The animation of faces and gestures didn't flow so well together with the text. The colouring was superb: the gloomy Victorian London streets and the brightness of Utah deserts, was beautifully contrasting. Quick 2 hour read, good...more
Susana Mode
Very interesting, full of intrigue and mystery and a bit of angst in the middle.
This is a graphic noval adaptation of Conan Doyle's Study in Scarlet. It was pretty well done, but it didn't have the spark that this team's adaptation of Hound of the Baskervilles did. (I think I also prefer the story of Hound of the Baskervilles, which undoubtedly had something to do with my enjoyment of this book.) Overall, a solid graphic adaptation, which I hope will inspire some graphic novel fans to read the original work.
Joel Ortiz-Quintanilla
I was quite surprised at how well written this graphic novel was. I've read a few of Doyle's short stories, but i decided to pick up this graphic novel from the library and read it in one night. the art was good, not too flashy or too minimalistic, but it was just right. i recommend this to readers of classic lit who want to read a graphic novel and see how the graphic novel can be used to showcase classic stories like Doyle's or someone else's.
Pretty good illustrations, although so so very Western style photoshoppy. Its got a nice limited color pallet, and strong brushstrokes, but some of the shading and lighting is a little weak IMO. It was kind of fun to try and piece it together as the story progressed, but I dont think there was enough information given to actually do that logically. I guess we just have to marvel at how great Holmes is, which is a good bit of fun regardless.
This is the second Sherlock Holmes adaptation that I've read that made me say, A) How did this go over my head when I read the stories?, and B) what the heck, Arthur Conan Doyle? Hideous natives? Mormon slave cults? Why is this material so revered? I guess it is a product of its time but I'm not enthused and I think I'm gonna stop reading these.
Emma (Miss Print)
Not totally sure about how the characters are depicted but it was nice seeing what I assume is a faithful adaptation with so much Sherlock-centric stuff in the media lately.
Shree Kb
Unbelievable that this s the first in the series good way of writing and after seeing the fact behind the murder no one want the man to be punished the way he died naturally is to be applaused holmes way of judging and its explanations are quite more interesting and confusion of watson & his trial in judging assures the smiling part
T.M. Carper
This graphic adaptation of the first Sherlock Holmes story is done in full-color and keeps most of the original text intact. It gives you great insight into Holmes' thought process and shows how Watson ended up partnering with the eccentric detective. It's definitely worth a read for younger fans of Sherlock Holmes.
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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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