Written By: Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss
Illustrated By: Jay
Published By: Titan Comics
The Great Detective Sherlock Holmes finds himself sitting on a couch in the Royal Palace, with just a mere bed sheet to cover his modesty. With his talents having been acknowledged by members of the Royal family, Sherlock has been tasked to deal with a very important and private matter, before some dreadfully embarrassing photos get leaked to the public. This is where the iconic character of Irene Adler gets introduced, but there is a twist to this story. As Ms Adler is portrayed as a very professional dominatrix, whose clients are all members of High Society – some are even members of the Royal family. Now Holmes must do all he can to persuade Ms Adler to hand over the very sensitive photographs that would ultimately ruin the image of the Royal Family for good.
It has been quite some time since I’ve reviewed a Sherlock Holmes graphic novel. The last one being ‘A Study in Pink’ back in 2017 from what I recall. ‘A Study in Belgravia’ is another graphic novel adaption of the hit TV series Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the lead detective. Having already seen the series, I know what direction this book was already going to take, but nonetheless it was still a very enjoyable read.
With Sherlock’s reputation now being published in all the newspapers and even Watsons online blog. It’s no wonder that his client list has now reached wider circles. Following his encounters with Moriarty, Sherlock needs another opponent that is skilled enough to keep him on his toes. Thus we have Ms Irene Adler, her first meeting with Sherlock is indeed startling to see the least and she is bolder than what I would have imagined prior to watching the show. She indeed has the skill to go toe to toe with the Detective, and can easily unarm any other individual that comes her way. However Ms Adler still manages to get into some serious trouble, as her life is now on the line when intruders decide to attack her home at the same time Sherlock and Watson are visiting.
Ms Adlers character is not only bold, but she has a brilliant mind. Although she is adaptable and appears to be in control of practically any room, her curiosity gets the better of her at times. Especially in regards to Holmes and his cases. The sort of relationship the two begin to share, leaves a black mark on Sherlock when he receives some devastating news during Christmas. For fans however it does leave a spark of hope, that Benedict Cumberbatch’s version of Sherlock, may in fact have a love interest down the line. What was once deemed as highly unimaginable in the first season, has just entered the realm of possibility.
Whether you have seen the TV show adaptation or not, but have a good idea of what the infamous story of Sherlock Holmes involves – then I think you would enjoy this graphic novel release. Although this story takes place in what would be Season Two of the show, it would be best to start reading this series from the very beginning, so you can better understand the dynamic between Sherlock and his flatmate – Watson, as well as the very interesting brotherly love relationship between the two Holmes boys.
Once again, it is well worth checking out and is a must have in your collection if you are indeed a Sherlockian.