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Moriarty the Patriot, Vol. 1

(Moriarty the Patriot #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  863 ratings  ·  150 reviews
The untold story of Sherlock Holmes’ greatest rival, Moriarty!

Before he was Sherlock’s rival, Moriarty fought against the unfair class caste system in London by making sure corrupt nobility got their comeuppance. But even the best-intentioned plans can spin out of control—will Moriarty’s dream of a more just and equal world turn him into a hero…or a monster?
Paperback, 208 pages
Published October 6th 2020 by VIZ Media LLC (first published November 4th 2016)
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Love the idea of this reimagining of Sherlock Holmes' arch nemesis as an (anti-)hero, btu the execution is a bit one note and over the top. Moriarty in this retelling is a champion of equality and a scourge of the English nobles whose class-based oppression keeps most lives in the UK nasty, brutish, and short. By seeking to overthrow the system he and his companions set themselves up as outsiders and (to those whose systematic crimes he punishes) criminals. I love the theme, but the dialog and p ...more
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I read the german edition of this series and as far as I know it’s also been licensed in italian and french, maybe english will follow soon, therefore I decided to write this review in english, so everyone interested in the story could read it. Anyways, let me tell you, I enjoyed this first volume pretty much, nonetheless, there are some concerns for the upcoming volumes I feel the need to share.

At first, I’ll focus on what I loved. I’m actually no huge Sherlock Holmes fan. I mean, I am aware of

Sep 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Despite his legacy as Sherlock Holmes' greatest foe, Professor Moriarty only appears (or is mentioned) in six of Arthur Conan-Doyle's canonical works, and he is, it must be admitted, relatively underdeveloped. Enter Ryosuke Takeuchi's Moriarty the Patriot, which seems to take as its raison d'etre the exploration of what motivated the professor to pit himself against the great detective.

It's not because he was a mustache-twirling villain, I can tell you that. Takeuchi's Moriarty is a man deeply e
Mark Evans
Oct 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Everybody knows OF Professor Moriarty, arch-nemesis of Sherlock Holmes, but a lot of people don’t know much ABOUT him, since he appeared rather infrequently in the Holmes stories and his legend has boosted him beyond his initial appearances.

Derived from those scant details available, we get the wonderfully vicious Moriarty the Patriot, which repurposes the nefarious villain into an antihero out to demolish an unfair class system. Oddly, this really resonated me for some reason, can’t imagine why
Annie (Putt)
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Going into this, I had no idea what the story would be.
It's dark. It's a twist on the Moriarty legends like you've never seen. It's Black Butler meets Sherlock.

Moriarty, or I should say William, checks all the classic Moriarty boxes. He's clever beyond normalcy. He's highly intelligent for a young child and man. He's got a cruel streak a mile wide. His idea of justice is insanely skewed. He's one of those people that thinks liberation comes in death, blackmail, and poison. He's perfect.

The story
Oct 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mangas-2020
Wow it's so addictive. The artstyle is so beautiful.
Apr 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019, mangas
I guess it is very tumblr to have the hots for a murderer. And it's probably even tumblrer to want some good old enemies to lovers once we meet Sherlock.
Sep 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
This manga is a potential origin story for the Sherlock Holmes nemesis, James Moriarty.
He and his brother were orphaned and penniless when the oldest Moriarty son brings them into his home as family. James' brilliant mind being the biggest part of why the Moriarty family agreed to adopting them. The mother and younger son are bound and determined to see these two boys kicked out of there home, and are willing to do anything to accomplish it.
The oldest Moriarty son, Albert, has other plans in m
Oct 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
This has to be the most interesting take I have ever read on a Sherlock Holmes character. We get to see Moriarty not as an evil villain, but as someone who wants to make the world better and bring societies to live as one. He uses dastardly ways to do it, but his heart is in the right place. This is supposed to take place at the same times as Sherlock Holmes stories which would be turn of the century 1890s. But one character uses a gun way too modern for that, even though the rest of the story d ...more
Chelsea Chafin
Oct 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was recommended to me by someone who saw me at a loss to find a new Manga to read and promptly put this in my hands and gushed about the story in the Book Loft of German Village. If you find this review ever and read it, THANK YOU! You knew exactly what I needed without even talking to me about my tastes.

I was never a huge fan of Holmes. Never read many (maybe one or two stories) and never watched the movies. I always thought he seemed pompous. This Manga essentially takes that approach bec
Thank you Edelweiss and Viz Media for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

I really like this one! Such an interesting concept! To take a famous literary villain an anti-hero of some makes for one interesting reading. This is one Sherlock Holmes' fans will love to read this interpretation of the iconic character, whether they are fan of Moriarty or not.
Amanda Karsh
Aug 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
This has zero Sherlock Holmes feel to it. I don’t believe the writer ever read one of the books. Would be a lot better if I did not have evil murder mystery expectations.
Oct 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sherlock + Moriarty backstory + Victorian England? LET’S GOOOOOOO!!!
Nov 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
Plot - 4 ☄
Character - 4 ☄
Writing Style - 4 ☄
World Building - 4 ☄
Art - 4 ☄
Cover - 4 ☄

Overall - 4🌟
Instant favorite omg.
Oct 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
So good! I was excited to get a chance to read and review this and I can one hundred percent honestly say it’s awesome!

I was given this book on netgalley for and honest review.
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ooooh, this was even better than I expected! Well, I didn't know much about the series except that it stars Moriarty instead of Sherlock Holmes and it's drawn by the same talented mangaka who did Inspector Akane Tsunemori (Psycho Pass manga). But that was enough to make me very intrigued. I'm a fan of Sherlock Holmes stories (unless they have Holmes & Adler's kids/grandkids because then it's a huge no-no) and I was curious to see how this manga would play with the characters and their relationsh ...more
Lola Darling
Oct 05, 2020 rated it did not like it
This is the dumbest story ever, like seriously..and it pains me that people are actually recommending it. There is no substance and is framed as a eat the rich narrative which falls apart. (spoilers onwards) he murders his mother and younger brother, a kid, and then has the nerve to say the nobility are bad. And while the rich do need to be punished, the way they are defeats the entire purpose of democracy, who is going to hold everyone accountable, well, you proved the law is fallible, some ran ...more
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As someone who knows absolutely nothing about Sherlock Holmes/this Moriarty dude, I found this to be the most boring waste of my time and regret the hour I sat here telling myself I should be enjoying this.
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
Interesting and promising.

The art is similar to Kuroshitsuji, so sometimes I'm taken aback (Ciel? Sebastian? etc.)

Moriarty brothers in this manga are Machiavellian and somewhat chivalrous.
Marcy Thomas
Oct 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Thanks to Netgalley for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Everyone knows who Sherlock Holmes is. You have to be living under a rock to not know who he is, but when it comes to his equally infamous nemesis James Moriarty, there isn’t that much we know of him.

I was a bit hesitant to read this, because I adore the Sherlock Holmes stories, and with how popular Holmes retellings have become in the last few years, there is so much that from the original stories that has been chang
Liz (Quirky Cat)
Sep 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of Moriarty the Patriot Vol. 1 in exchange for a fair and honest review.

We've seen all of the countless takes of the great Sherlock Holmes. Both in the movies, and on television. Now it's time for us to take a closer look at his greatest rival, Moriarty.

Moriarty the Patriot Vol. 1 follows the one and only Moriarty, though in manga format. This his story, before he ever came up against the in/famous Sherlock Holmes. His childhood, his hopes, his dreams. It's all there, and t
Oct 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun, but unimaginative Holmes inversion.

Moriarty flips the usual Sherlock Holmes dynamic by presenting us with a story where the British aristocracy, true to life, are evil, and Sherlock Holmes' brief-but-memorable nemesis, Professor Moriarty, is a cunning anti-hero fighting against the imperial establishment using every possible means.

Sound entertaining? It is. Moriarty here is a guile hero, or antihero, in the vein of Lelouche Lamerouge, or Arsene Lupin: a man of nefarious intellect, operating
A physical copy of MORIARTY THE PATRIOT was provided via the Goodreads' giveaway program. I am not being compensated for this review, and my review is not influenced by receiving the book for free.

Full disclosure: I am not well versed in the Sherlock Holmes canon, so my knowledge of Moriarty does not run deep as others. Regardless, this didn't have to be a Sherlock series. They could have easily filed off the numbers of the IP-based characters and made it a fully original story about class confl
Joseph Willis
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
For most fans of literature in general and Sherlock Holmes specifically, Moriarty is a mostly known quantity. So the idea of a story that looks into his origins and imagines where Holmes’ nemesis comes from is intriguing. And as far as Ryosuke Takeuchi’s first volume of Morirarty the Patriot goes, we are headed into a solid place. The first half of this volume is focused mainly on setting up characters and giving us a bit of depth, but it doesn’t take long to get at the heart of what this series ...more
Sep 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Illustrations by Hikaru Miyoshi

This story follows the young life of James Moriarty, the acclaimed nemesis of Sherlock Holmes. This James is loosely based on the Professor of Doyle's works - he's a math professor, and he is a mastermind of crime. As a child, James and his younger brother, Louis, were adopted by the wealthy Moriarty family, but the parents and youngest Moriarty brother never treat them like equals. The eldest Moriarty, Albe
Donald Scott
Oct 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Prose (Story): In 19th-century Britain class division has never been more pronounced, with nobles making money from and feeding off of the working class to maintain their lifestyle, while treating those who work to the death for them worse than animals. But for once, a noble is noticing the injustices of his class; first-born son Albert James Moriarty is disgusted with his nobility - even more with his own family's penchant for greed, and cruelty for the sake of fun - and when he talks his paren ...more
Sep 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Moriarty is a cut-throat anti-hero who will do whatever it takes to ensure everyone is equal.

I went into this series not knowing anything about Moriarty from the Sherlock series but at the end of the manga, there is a brief "bonus chapter" about the original character.

The plot begins describing William in his youth and how he came to be a respected noble. Born into poverty but intelligent at a young age, William and his brother Louis are taken into the Moriarty home and assume the roles of Alber
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This was great. As a lifelong fan of sherlock holmes stories I always love to hear others' perspectives on him and his world. The bit of the world that this book has chosen to bring to the forefront is that of Moriarty. An incredibly interesting character, I had a great time reading about him. I find that anti-heroes are sometimes even more fun to read about than true heroes. The tension built up over the course of the book was great. This book does a great job of introd
Dani ❤️ Perspective of a Writer
This is the untold story of Moriarty when he was young and not yet Sherlock Holmes rival. As he and his brother are orphans they feel the touch of England’s horrible class system. This is their descent into changing that extreme hell.

I really love the art style and character designs for Moriarty the Patriot. The Moriarty brothers are the reason I’d keep reading this. I love how they each play a part in rehabilitating different members of the aristocracy. Of course the title character comes up wi
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