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The Baker Street Four, Vol. 1

(Les Quatre de Baker Street #1-2)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  234 ratings  ·  57 reviews
Based on Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, The Baker Street Four provides an inside look behind the infamous Baker Street Irregulars.

Billy, Charlie, and Tom are inseparable, and for good reason. Filled with con men and scoundrels, London’s East End is not easily survived alone. Fortunately, the three friends—and their faithful feline companion—can count on the protecti
Paperback, 112 pages
Published May 2nd 2017 by Insight Comics (first published January 1st 2010)
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[Shai] Bibliophage
I admit that I still haven't read any Sherlock Holmes' story/book that is why I'm not familiar with the Baker Street Irregulars. I'm still looking for the leather hardbound version of the Sherlock Holmes' book, which is always out of stock in our local bookstores here in our country. I guess this comics is a good way to get acquainted with some of the characters in Doyle's famous detective.

This graphic novel's detailed illustrations and the stories, The Blue Curtain and The Rabukin Case, made t
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Let me just start with the praising of an artwork - the illustrations are absolutely gorgeous!
It got me right in Victorian era, Whitechapel, London East side and it was beautiful! Such a vivid and alive graphics!
The adventures of the Baker Street Irregulars are based on Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, the great detective and mentor to Billy Fletcher, Black Tom O'Kilburn, Charlie and a cat (of course) - the real main characters of this stories.
Working for Sherlock they get involved in un
Mar 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
The art style in this is frickin gorgeous, the story is well written and fun and who doesn't love a Sherlock Holmes inspired story!?


*Huge thanks to Oliver Legrand, J.B. Djian, Insight Editions and NetGalley for this copy which I chose to read and all opinions are my own*
If you like Sherlock Holmes, there is very little of Sherlock Holmes in this series, from what I can see. It is really about four of his Baker Street irregulars, that he would have help him in spying for him. And, after all, that is what it says on the tin...I mean the book cover.

So, this is more like reading a Dicken's story, rather than one of Sherlock Holmes, which the group getting into saving girls from being forced into slavery, and working with Russian revolutionaries. Very boys adventur
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Originally published in French, The Baker Street Four graphic novel collection focuses on the children that assisted Sherlock Holmes in his cases.

Billy, Tom and Charlie are called upon from time to time by the consulting detective to follow suspects and report their actions back to them, but when not on a case, they are young kids on the streets of Victorian London and invariably find themselves swept up in events.

This graphic novel collects two stories. The first focuses on introducing us to th
Roopkumar Balachandran
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel
I requested for a copy of a graphic novel, The Baker Street Four Volume 1 in Net galley. I thank Net galley and Insight editions for fulfilling my wish.

The graphic novel "The Baker Street Four" is about the adventures of Sherlock Holmes unofficial force called Baker Street Irregulars. The book has two stories one is "The Blue Curtain" and the second is "The Rabukin Case".

The Blue Curtain:

Chubby Charlie, acrobatic and energetic Tom, Billy and a feline are the Baker street irregulars. Tom's girlf
Lauren Stoolfire
I received a free eARC of this graphic novel from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Baker Street Four - Billy, Tom, Charlie, and their cat - sometimes act as the eyes and ears of Sherlock Holmes in London's East End and they know they can rely on him for protection; you might know them as the Baker Street Irregulars. When Tom's girlfriend gets kidnapped, they'll have to put their detective skills to the test and along the way take in a new member becoming the youngest group of Victo
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-read-2017
(Review originally posted on the John H Watson Society website.)

General Review

I first read this series in its original French a couple of years ago. Given how atrocious my French is, you know it had to be good for me to stick with it for six books worth. Imagine my delight, then, when I discovered that it was being released in English! I was very lucky to receive an ARC from NetGalley of this book so I could enjoy it without wrestling with the language.

The Baker Street Four is a comic book serie
Wayne McCoy
Jun 13, 2017 rated it liked it
'The Baker Street Four, Vol. 1'by Olivier Legrand and J. B. Dijan with art by David Etien has two separate stories featuring a trio of young street kids (with a cat to make four) who sometimes help out Sherlock Holmes. Except here, it seems like the other way around.

In both stories, the kids help out young women. In the first story, the young woman is about to be sold into prositution, and the kids have to work with people they know on the streets to help her out. In the second story, the young
John of Canada
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Art lovers
I read this twice,once for the story which was good and again for the artwork,which was fabulous.There are some are some adult situations,so I don't think it's appropriate for young kids.
Ije the Devourer of Books
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent graphic novel. The artwork, the story and the characters all come together really nicely.

The Baker Street Four are a group of children who assist Sherlock Holmes, but when 'Sherlock is away the children play' and they solve their own mysteries. All based in London, in the first story the children solve the crime of a missing young girl who is kidnapped from the streets. In the second story the children get mixed up in the conflict between the Russian Tsar and the Revolution
Erin Shiba
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novel
This book was an unfortunate but decided meh for me. The art was lush, the main characters distinct in their characterization. Secondary characters were more hit and miss as far as being visually distinctive (except for Sally, god love 'er). The backgrounds were extremely detailed, which sometimes helped and sometimes hindered; action scenes had a tendency to look like a freeze-frame rather than being imbued with action themselves. The three main scamps were fine as protagonists, and could certa ...more
Joseph R.
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
Sherlock Holmes often used some street youths as part of his investigations, calling them the Baker Street Irregulars. They were perfect for gathering intelligence, following people, or staking out places. In this story, three of the children (Billy, Charlie, and Tom) along with their cat, have their own investigations while Mr. Holmes is out of town. First, Tom's girlfriend Betty is kidnapped and they have to find her. Second, Russian immigrant Viktor is falsely accused of murder and the immigr ...more
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Originally published in French in 2009/2010, this English translation (by Mark Bence) had a release date of May, 2017 under the Insight Comics imprint.

The story is written by Olivier Legrand & J.B. Djian. The virtuoso art is by David Etien. This volume includes two full stories (really novella sized). Both stories are solid. I've always been a fan of the canonical Holmes stories which include the Irregulars, and even though these stories obviously aren't in the canon, they live up to the Holmes
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Baker Street Four was an unexpected find. I've never heard of the publisher before, but I love that they are translating this french title. Its GORGEOUS! David Etien has done a fantastic job bringing this world to life with fun character designs and beautiful backgrounds. J. B. Djian amd Olivier Legrand have created a fun, adventure title based in the world of Sherlock Holmes, but from the perspective of a couple street urchins. While I never found the stakes to be realistically dangerous, I ...more
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I loved it! I can't wait for volume 2! I thought the art was fantastic and the story was a lot of fun. I really appreciated that while this graphic novel takes place in the world of Sherlock Holmes, he doesn't really appear that much; the focus instead is on three street urchins who sometimes act as Holmes' eyes and ears on the streets. They are able to have their own adventures when Sherlock Holmes conveniently leaves town and they are called on to solve mysteries themselves. One thing I will s ...more
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
The Baker Street Four are a group of spies that watch the streets of London for the infamous Sherlock Holmes and Watson. Billy, Charlie, Tom, and their cat get into saving lives and stopping villains in this story. They set out to save a girl after she's been kidnapped and find the truth when a Russian immigrant is framed for a crime Jack the Ripper would appreciate.

The art design is absolutely beautiful! I couldn't applaud Etien's artistry more. The illustrations were colorful, detailed, and ha
Jun 19, 2017 rated it liked it
The Baker Street irregulars have been present in most interpretations of Sherlock Holmes in some form or another, whether they're the underground network of homeless as in the newest television series, or a group of scrappy street urchins as in this graphic novel.

The book is about three friends, who band together to keep safe and make their way on the streets of London. There's the charismatic one, the impulsive romantic and the one who is actually a girl. Typical stuff.

The three help Sherlock s
Owl Reviews
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Baker Street Irregulars are back in The Baker Street Four.

The illustrations in this graphic novel are fantastic. The artist manages to encapsulate Victorian England perfectly with the styling of the buildings and backdrops right through to the colours used to set off the tone. It is absolutely perfect as far as the art work goes.

As for the story, I love all things Sherlock Holmes and am quite familiar with the BSIs from when they have helped him out in the past. In this book, the four (three
Maggie Gordon
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Insight Comics and Netgalley for an ARC of this book for review purposes!

The Baker Street Four caught my eye because of the vibrant cover. I am often a fan of European graphic novels because the art is so rich and detailed, and this book is no exception. The pages of The Baker Street Four are bursting with life and motion. There are full backgrounds filled with interesting visuals, and the characters are always in motion and a delight to look at. In comparison to the often minimalist d
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well done! Again, another wonderful spin-off from Sherlock Holmes. This time around, this graphic novel centers on the street kids whom Holmes utilizes as his “eyes and ears”. The mysteries are solved by the kids themselves, given that Holmes is often out of town on other assignments. The illustrations are top-notch and the storyline sufficiently exciting and action-packed. The only suggestion I have is to make the arrows of the speech balloons straight instead of lightning-jagged. It was a litt ...more
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am a massive Sherlock Holmes fan - I've read pretty much all of the original Conan Doyle short stories and novels, and binged on nearly every single adaptation I could get my hands on. The Baker Street Four is a delightful graphic novel concerning a group of three of the Baker Street Irregulars - aka the network street urchins Holmes employed to keep him informed. The eponymous four are Billy, Tom, Charlie and an adorable tiger-striped kitty called Watson. Together, they solve crimes. Honestly ...more
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adventure, mystery, comics
In this volume are two cases solved by the Baker Street Irregulars. In the first case, The BSI is trying to locate the kidnapped girl friend of Black Tom. Using their street smarts and contacts, they located her, and improvised a plan that freed her and shut down a house of ill-repute. In the second case, the BSI were seeking to solve the murder of one of their contacts when their case intersected with the plight of Russian emigres who were the target of a Russian secret police scheme. Plenty of ...more
Marc Tolson
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I greatly enjoyed all the references to the original Sherlock Holmes characters and stories, and was surprised the author didn't shy away from the true nature of East End Victorian England, especially with respect to what happened to unprotected girls and women in that environment.

I wish I could read this story in its original French - I'm curious how phrases such as "The game is afoot!" and "Elementary, my dear Watson" translate into different languages. My one concern was the artwork; it was
Cat | Bookocraze
I would like to thank the publisher and NetGalley for providing a free copy for me to read in exchange for an honest review.

A great first installment in the series of the three friends' adventures, which can be viewed as a spin-off of the famous Sherlock Holmes's stories.

Billy, Charlie and Tom get into some shady incidents, with some shady characters and important secrets being unraveled the deeper I dived into the story.

All in all, a great graphic novel, with inviting illustrations which made m
Ina Korsgaard Hervig
Amazing drawings that gives me a nostalgic feel of old non-Disney 2D-animation movies (always a plus), and the coloring is simply gorgeous. The main characters are kids, yet prostitution, politics and violence play a big part of the story which is set in Whitechapel, London in the Victorian era. Holmes himself plays a minor part, and the story is full of charm. My only complaint is that it's not always super easy to see which speech bubble belongs to which character because if the way they're dr ...more
Tara Redd
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
The stories here aren't the real draw of this book. It's a cute Sherlock Holmes pastiche, but it doesn't stand out for me. However, beyond the story, what's going on in the background adds so much depth: the cityscapes and Londoners are so interesting. Those elements are so engaging as to almost detract from the central story.
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
The art is a little cluttered, but the stories are good and told in the Gotham Central vein of circling about a famous character but focusing on minor figures who exist in their orbit. Also, you'd never know it was a story told in translation, having originally been published in French.
May 20, 2018 rated it liked it
A pair of short stories featuring the last three of Sherlock Holmes' "Baker Street Irregulars" as they take on cases of their own when their famous patron/mentor is otherwise unavailable. They aren't bad, but aren't particularly deep either.
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this graphic novel. A good side story of the the Sherlock Holmes universe. The 3 kids the story focuses on are great! A bit of a mystery (two actually) with a bit of adventure a quick read and enjoyable. I wish there were more that had been translated.
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