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Sherlock Holmes and the Vampires of London

(Sherlock Holmes et les Vampires de Londres #1-2)

3.26  ·  Rating details ·  258 ratings  ·  58 reviews
Sherlock Holmes died fighting Professor Moriarty in the Reichenbach Falls. At least, that's what the press claims. However, Holmes is alive and well and taking advantage of his presumed death to travel the globe. Unfortunately, Holmes's plans are thwarted when a plague of vampirism haunts Britain.
This book collects Sherlock Holmes and the Vampires of London Volumes 1 and
Hardcover, 93 pages
Published February 18th 2014 by Dark Horse Comics (first published 2010)
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Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
Thankfully, they kept it short. So Why does it suck?

(1) Remember Abraham Lincoln, the vampire hunter? Didn't work well, did it? (If it worked for you, check this book out).
(2) The Queen of England is weirdly chill about Vampires.
(3) The introduction of Vampires and the reaction, or lack of reaction from Holmes brothers.
(4) While boasting an unpredictable territory, the story is painfully predictable, especially towards the end.

In my opinion, art is the only redeeming quality here.
Sean Gibson
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
In the canonical Sherlock Holmes stories, Holmes and Watson have the occasional dalliance with the supernatural, but they never really get past first base with it (unlike, say, Ray Stantz in Ghostbusters, who, we presume, rounded third with that ethereal lady floating above him during a montage, but that’s neither here nor there…still, one imagines the cleanup after that encounter was a rather sticky business).

In the vast body of Holmesian pastiches, however, direct engagement with the supernat
Dec 03, 2013 marked it as to-read
A graphic novel featuring Sherlock Holmes up against vampires should be a treat to read, but this book makes the cardinal sin of being simply boring.

A lot of it has to do with the artwork, I suspect. The artist tries to cram too many panels onto many of the pages, which reduces the quality of the art to the point that much of the story is incomprehensible. Added to this is the muddy quality and limited colour palette of many of the panels, and you just can't see what is going on a lot of the tim
Juho Pohjalainen
May 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
I was all on board for reading of Sherlock's adventures and efforts in tracking down this seemingly supernatural killer, learning more of them as he proceeds, realizing that the world may not be such a rational place as he thought it was...

...and then in his first encounter he immediately exclaims "Vampires!", and I knew what I was really in for. A farce.

He also really needs Watson to be around for him to be clever at. He's so much less interesting on his own, actually narrating himself for that
Jan 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Thanks to Netgalley and Diamond Books Distributing for sending me an ARC of this book!

This is an interesting (and welcome) addition to Sherlock Holmes lore. I’ve read other books where Sherlock and Watson have encountered vampires, but those books were done from Watson’s point of view. It was refreshing to have the chance to be inside Sherlock’s head and experience the story from his point of view.

After Sherlock’s supposed death at the Reichenbach Falls, the famous detective has remained in hidi
Mark Flowers
Feb 13, 2014 rated it liked it
SLJ review:

CORDURIÉ, Sylvain. Sherlock Holmes and the Vampires of London. tr. from French. illus. by Laci and Axel Gonzalbo. 96p. Dark Horse. Feb. 2014. pap. $17.99. ISBN 9781616552664.

Adult/High School–In this relentlessly silly but thoroughly fun mash-up, Sherlock Holmes finds himself in a triangular face-off against a group of semi-officially sanctioned vampires on the one hand and a rogue, apparently psychotic vampire on the other. The vampire clan, led by Selymes, has deep ties to the Briti
Charles Prepolec
Mar 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Holmes, still believed dead by the masses after Reichenbach, is enlisted by vampires to track down one of their own who has gone rogue. In short, it's largely the plot of Blade 2 with Sherlock Holmes in the lead role. As dismissive and derivative as that might sound, it's actually an excellent and thoroughly enjoyable read. Some awkward sentences here and there, likely a result of translation, but characterization is solid. The art is stunningly detailed, realistically rendered and beautiful thr ...more
Jan 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
This graphic novel has Sherlock Holmes taking on a case under duress. A vampire leader has found that Sherlock has faked his death and wants him to track down and kill a vampire that is going on a rampage killing various important people in the British Empire. He does this in order to protect Watson and his wife who neither know that Sherlock survived the falls. The story didn't feel much like a Sherlock story and I was disappointed in it. There is treaty between the British Empire and the vampi ...more
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror, reviewed
DNF'd around 25% through. It was not making good use of the graphic novel format as most of the text was for the narrative, this Sherlock looks much more bland than any version I've seen, also the fact that the supernatural is occurring is glossed over in a single line. All his study is completely glossed over. The villains aren't scary. Sherlock is typically a very intriguing he's just an annoying Mary Sue who will always be and always appear one step ahead of everyone else. An ...more
I think my lack of prior knowledge might have worked against me here, but I'm not sure if it was that or the plot was just confusing. Art is detailed but overwhelmingly dull in color, and the majority of the comic is told through Sherlock's inner monologue/a letter to Watson. Not even the vampires could save this. ...more
May 28, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Giving it one star for the artwork alone.
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
Accepting as fact vampires are real with no background or explanation is a bit of a stretch when borrowing such a logical and grounded character as Sherlock Holmes.
Calvin Daniels

Many SH Meets vampire takes out there. This is a solid offering with nice art.
Dec 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
So completely ridiculous...
Dan Blackley
Jun 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fun graphic novel featuring the Great Detective in London. I enjoyed this a lot.
David Lowry
Dec 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Sherlock Holmes and the Vampires of London

Release Date: April 2014

Publisher: Darkhorse Comics

Story by: Sylvain Cordurie

Art by: Laci

Colors by: Axel Gonzabo

Cover by: Jean Sebastien Rossbach

ISDN: 9781616552664

MSRP: $17.99 Hardcover

“Sherlock Holmes died fighting Professor Moriarty in the Reichenbach Falls.

At least, that’s what the press claims.

However, Holmes is alive and well and taking advantage of his presumed death to travel the globe.

Unfortunately, Holmes’s plans are thwarted when a plague of v
Maggie Gordon
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After the events at Reichenbach Falls, Sherlock Holmes goes into hiding. By convincing everyone that he is dead, he hopes to avoid any reprisals for his part in Moriarty’s death. However, he finds himself drawn back to London for a case from a very strange client. Individuals linked to the royal house are being brutally killed, and it is not the queen that has sent for him, but a demonic master vampire who needs Holmes to track dow
Astrid Carys
Nov 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
have a strange love for the scientific mind of Sherlock Holmes. Having recently watched a documentary on his impact on our modern world through pop culture, it’s hard to deny that this character that some confuse for a real person was truly a gift that Arthur Conan Doyal gave to the world at large.

I’m also a fan of the classic vampire lore; the Nosferatu, Dracula, and of course the version best played by Bella Lugosi. While vampires of late have been made to sparkle, have souls, become gentle l
Online Eccentric Librarian
Dec 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Sherlock Holmes and the Vampires of London is a straightforward, if passively, told account of the great detective using his skills to thwart a rogue vampire attacking Queen Victoria's advisers. Holmes literature purists will be relieved that the book does not stray too far from the Holmes character. Those who are not invested in Doyle's works can enjoy the book as a supernatural historical mystery.

After his presumed death at Reichenbach Falls with Moriarty, Holmes takes the opportunity to secre
Conan Tigard
Nov 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Sherlock Holmes and the Vampires of London is a beautifully drawn gothic and Victorian era graphic novel depicting the most famous detective in the world matching wits with his first a being of the supernatural world. Holmes has never faced a foe like Selymes and his coven of vampires, as they are stronger, faster, and do not have a conscious, like most humans.

The story by Sylvain Cordurié is well-written and gave me a feeling that this author has read many of the books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Angie on Books
Dec 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Title: Sherlock Holmes and the Vampires of London
Authors: Cordurie, Chabon, Laci
Publisher: Dark Horse

3.5 Stars

Readers thought Sherlock Holmes was dead but in Sherlock Holmes and the Vampires of London we find out that he's not. Holmes takes advantage of his fake death to travel the world but his adventures are cut short when vampires invade Britain.

I was pleased that I was able to read this graphic novel on my iPad. Real books just don't do it for me anymore. Those who prefer to read on their er
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
You can find my review on my blog here (& below):

‘Sherlock Holmes and the Vampires of London’ is a graphic novel by Sylvain Cordurie with illustrations by Laci, and published by Dark Horse Comics. It is set shortly after Sherlock Holmes supposedly fell to his death fighting Professor Moriarty at the Reichenbach Falls.

The story opens with a vampire attack in London's East End in June 1891. A few weeks later Sherlock comes back to London and starts to invest
Wayne McCoy
Dec 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
In 'Sherlock Holmes and the Vampires of London' it's been a while since Reichenbach Falls and Sherlock Holmes is dead, or at least that's what he'd like everyone to believe. He is brought back to London for a series of gruesome murders committed by vampires.

He is abducted by a powerful vampire who uses someone from Sherlock's past as a lure. This vampire wants Sherlock to track down another vampire. As incentive, Watson's wife Mary is threatened. Sherlock is on the case, to stop all the vampires
Apr 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Another reader of this graphic novel pointed out that the cover artwork is a vampire hand doing a great big crotch grab to poor old Sherlock Holmes, and now that is all I can see when I look at the cover!

Aside from that the artwork is good and tells the story quite clearly. This takes place when Holmes is an older man. He has already fought Moriarty, and everyone, including Watson, believes him dead. Well almost everyone. Holmes is forced to fight a vampire at the behest of another vampire, who
Andy Hickman
Dec 04, 2016 rated it liked it
“Sherlock Holmes and the Vampires of London” by by Sylvain Cordurié, Daniel Chabon (Editor), Laci (Illustrations) (2013)

“My intellect is being called upon as rarely before.
My mind is constantly boiling over. It's so exhilarating.” - Sherlock (p14)

“I don't think that I've consumed as many drugs as during that period. It made the situation easier to bear.” - Sherlock (p24)

“I'm not a man to be governed by sentiments. Even if I wanted to, it's too late.” - Sherlock (p51)

“Why choose this place?”
“I ha
Feb 03, 2014 rated it liked it
I probably would have rated this a bit higher if not for the artwork. Instead of using the whole page everything is cramped so there's a white border around the panels - so it was a bit harder to read. The panel layout also was a bit unnatural to me. I was able to follow it but it didn't endear itself to me at all. The story however was pretty good considering the supernatural subject matter. We're sticking to the canon here - this fits in to the timeline where Holmes is considered dead and this ...more
Nicola Mansfield
Feb 13, 2014 rated it liked it
I'm a sucker for a Sherlock Holmes pastiche and love a good vampire story as much as the next person. However mixing Holmes with the paranormal seldom works and while this is a good story and written well, the vampire angle just doesn't fly, imho. Holmes is too logical to so nonchalantly accept that vampires are real and Holmes' analytic character is the foundation of his persona. The era was quite authentic and the author's voice was well-written also. Interestingly, the author avoided having t ...more
Dec 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Taking place following where the second movie ended, we find Sherlock is not only alive but doing remarkably well considering he almost died. Despite the trickiness that comes with bringing a character back to life, I felt it was done quite well. For me the biggest stretch was the involvement of vampires which is typically not something one would associate with Sherlock. That said once I wrapped my head around the idea I quite enjoyed the book. Likewise the illustrations were fairly decent consi ...more
Dec 23, 2013 rated it liked it
First, I do have to give the disclaimer that I honestly haven't really read any Sherlock Holmes stuff previously and was primarily attracted to the title because of the mash-up with vampires.

This was a pretty solid storyline, although, given the involvement of Sherlock Holmes, I was expecting a bit more of a mystery element. However, in this tale, Sherlock already knows who is responsible for a string of murders and it just strong-armed into trying to find the fiend.

Actually preferred the artwo
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Sylvain Cordurié is a French comic book writer who usually works in the science fiction and fantasy genres.

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