Reading Sherlock in Manga

Are you in love with the shifting, swirling and scintillating world of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle? Are you also (appropriately) invested in BBC’s modern adaptation of the same? Do you spend your days thinking of the high cheekbones of Cumberbatch, the homoeroticism within his ‘friendship’ with Watson, the glittering wit of Mycroft and the dazzling snark of the dominatrix? Or are you sleuthing for clues, musing about shady corners and obsessively reading into the random idiosyncrasies of strangers? Are you hungry for more Sherlock? Well then, whoever you are, and whatever you’re doing, this post is for you.

Dive back into the captivating world of Sherlock Holmes with these thrilling graphic novels that faithfully adapt the first four episodes of the BBC series. A must-have for any fan of mysteries, suspense, and the legendary detective himself, it reprises our favourite detective duo as they tackle perplexing cases in contemporary London. Written by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, you already know that this would be good.

Sherlock Vol. 1: A Study in Pink

A superb graphic novelisation of the pilot that spearheaded a critically acclaimed and seriously high-reward TV binge, Vol. 1 dives into the first case of modern-day Sherlock Holmes: A Study in Pink. Taking us to 21st-century London, it begins with war veteran John Watson in a stuttering search for a flatmate, and his eventual (fated) encounter with the eccentric Sherlock Holmes, arguably the worst roommate he could find. And so begins a remarkable partnership—with unlikely roommates investigating a series of seriously suspect and seemingly unrelated suicides.

Sherlock Vol. 2: The Blind Banker

Adapting the second episode of Sherlock’s first season, The Blind Banker throws the detective duo into a world of international intrigue. A cryptic message and a dead body curiously lead them to a Chinese smuggling ring that is operating right out of a prestigious London bank. As the body count rises, Sherlock must decipher ancient symbols and navigate complex financial dealings to uncover the truth, all while facing threats from a dangerous enemy.

Sherlock Vol. 3: The Great Game

If the title didn’t already give it away, then yes, this is ‘the’ Moriarty episode, and no, this isn’t exactly ‘by-the-book’. Adapting the stunning reprisal of Andrew Scott’s flamboyant, seductive, sassy and deeply dangerous villain, the manga features the first full appearance of Moriarty, establishing him as Sherlock’s arch-enemy and perhaps your next favourite literary character. Throwing the Watson-Holmes duo into a high-stakes puzzle, involving a series of cryptic clues, a wide web of potential victims, and a clock that beats against bombs waiting to go boom, the story is a fast-paced intellectual battle that pits one mastermind against another. Cue Staying Alive.

Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia Vol. 1

A fan-favourite and thank-god-they-adapted-this, Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia Vol. 1, contains the first part of Holmes’ infamous ‘run-in’ with the ineffable Irene Adler. An inscrutable woman well-versed in the fineries of human vulnerability and elegant manipulation, holding secrets that could unseat the British Crown and country, Adler meets the iconic ‘high-functioning sociopath’, hardened by the cold logic of deduction and witless in the face of human emotion. Tasked with retrieving compromising evidence, a clueing Sherlock finds himself challenged by Adler’s wit and charm and led towards an unexpected encounter that leaves a lasting impact. This first part sets the stage for a thrilling and complex case that blurs the lines between duty and desire and introduces you to the riveting woman Sherlock considers to be his intellectual equal.

Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia Vol. 2

The second part of a comic adaptation of the popular BBC episode, Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia Vol. 2 picks up right where you left off. Sherlock is still in the throes of the latest challenge: Irene Adler, a dominatrix holding a compromising photo of a royal. As international security and the monarchy hang in the balance, Sherlock chases after the scandalous photographs, only to discover a deeper conspiracy involving international threats, the CIA and the suspiciously long arms of the British government. Join in as our favourite detective finds himself in a mess of deception and wit like none before or almost nothing he would’ve expected. 

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