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A Study in Scarlet

(Sherlock Holmes Graphic Novels Adaptation #2)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  1,698 ratings  ·  107 reviews

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
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Sam Quixote
Aug 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Sherlock Holmes and John Watson meet for the first time in A Study in Scarlet, becoming roomies at 221b Baker Street and solving their first case together: murder most foul!

Ian Edginton and INJ Culbard’s comics adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic is about as good as the original which is to say that it’s just ok; Scarlet definitely isn’t the best Sherlock Holmes book. That’s largely down to the plodding explanation of the murderer’s motivations that take up most of the second half. It’s
Seth T.
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
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
Sleeping with Ghosts
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Can't wait to read it in this format after read the book.🙌🏻
Jon Carroll  Thomas
May 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
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.
Kristin Davison
This is the second book in this graphic novel series based on the first Sherlock Holmes novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. This is well adapted and quite a direct adaptation from the novel.
I like the illustration style, John is drawn well and there are some really sweet moments. However the illustration style makes some characters, especially Sherlock, seem more sinister than they actually are.
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
I realise that Doyle described Holmes as having a prominent square chin but I'm quite certain that he didn't intend it to look like the business end of a garden spade.
Feb 07, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
I am a huge Sherlock Holmes fan - by that I do mean the original novels of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. They really are wonderful detective stories and Holmes and Watson are great literary characters. These graphic novels from the independent publishing house Self Made Hero are a great tribute to the great novels. They create the scene brilliantly and the illustrations are excellent. They simply bring Holmes and Watson to life in a whole other way and are brilliant for established fans or people who ...more
May 15, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic
Too much was lost due to the format.
Good adaptation of the original novel, except that I really didn't enjoy the art style.
Emily Schoenick
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
A decent story with decent graphics. Nothing amazing but still enjoyable.
Silk ☾
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
book 15 out of 75
graphic novel

I'd like to start by stating that this is my first venture into anything Sherlock Holmes related, whether it be books, movies, TV shows or anything. And I have to say, it was a pretty great first experience.

I think that starting out with a graphic-novel version of "A Study in Scarlet" was a hella good decision. Now I am more familiar with the characters, I have an image of them in my head, and I think that that will be useful when I read more Sherlock Holmes.

Dov Zeller
This adaptation has much to offer a reader, but the way Holmes is drawn really distracts me. He's too happy, too super-hero-y, too clean-cut. I found myself looking through image after image of Holmeses over the years. In all of them he tends to be edgier and moodier. I really liked this one though I don't quite understand where it comes from and where it's going.

Those who adapt stories that are so iconic have a big challenge on their hands: how to stay w
Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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...
Jan 14, 2011 rated it it was ok
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).
David Schaafsma
Jun 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: gn-crime
Classic Holmes story told in comics fashion. I had read it and seen it many times, and so it was familiar to me, and this felt to me like a way in for younger people, as it sort of simplified things, but it was done by a talented artist.
Kind of excepted more of this story...

Read my whole review at Book Obession.
Apr 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel
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.
Chris Jamison
Jun 16, 2013 rated it liked it
This is my first introduction to Sherlock Holmes (in print). Gwinnett Co. Public Library edition.
Raven Black
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
While the illustrations and I are not "friends" they do work with the story. They show Holmes arrogance, rage, his manic nature, his temper, even distaste for others. Yet, there are a few time where they are exaggerated or just plain awkward (one page has Watson's teeth look canine and like they are coming out of his mustache). Yet, while I admit I have never read the full-length (or any Doyle novel) this feels as if it captures the nature of the original. The simplistic mystery, yet with its co ...more
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book that was written by Arthur Conan Doyle. The time frame is one I really enjoy reading and I can't get over how they used the word "ejaculated". I have seen this before in literature, so did not need to look this up again. The setting was one I really enjoy reading about. I didn't realize that Sherlock Holmes as so witty.

I loved when he was drawing blood from himself and said he better cover up the puncture wound as he frequently worked with poisons. Dr. Watson is definitely the
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Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first of Dr. Watson's Sherlock Holmes stories and covers the meeting of the two and the first case they work on together; a murder mystery that spans decade and two continents. If you're a mystery fan and haven't experienced this Holmes adventure, it's a must, and if you haven't read it for awhile, it's always worth a revisit because it covers both the what and the why with Conan Doyle's spell-binding story telling magic.
Grace Cooper
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tbr-unowned
This was my first graphic novel and its a story I know really well. I really liked the art style and how it translated the story into images. I actually prefer the pacing of this compared to the original novel. I'm not sure I'll be picking up more of this series simply because I know the stories so well, but I'll be keeping an eye out for other graphic novels they do as this was so enjoyable.
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's great to read this again in the graphic novel format, but the story takes a while to get going, so it's a lot of just people talking. But by the end it was satisfying. Obviously the source material limits it a bit, but just looking at the graphic novel on its own, it's a bit dense and moves slowly compared to other things I've read.
Arris 7/8Y
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
It was a wonderful experience to read a book filled with images about Sherlock Holmes! The story made was extremely compelling, and I was unable to stop reading this book. This graphic novel is amazing!
Sarah Broman
A quick read. I'm not the biggest fan of graphic novels but I love Sherlock Holmes. I didn't really like the second part, I thought it was too confusing.
Oct 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Well, credit to the illustrator but a story like this needs to be savored slowly like a novel not gulped quickly down the throat.
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"The name's Sherlock Holmes, the address is 221B Baker Street"
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