In a recent look at previews, Lee and I mentioned Watson and Holmes from New Paradigm Studios. I'm something of a Sherlock Holmes fan and thought the preview held out some potential for a good book. The nice folks at New Paradigm decided to send me copies of the first three issues to review.
And yet, each is distinct and entertaining in its own different way. Sherlock is the closest to the original with its setting in London and Watson having been injured while serving in Afghanistan. Elementary moves the story to NYC and makes Watson both female and American, with no back story in the military, let alone Afghanistan. Watson and Holmes is set in Harlem with both being Americans, although Watson's service in Afghanistan is retained.
prefers Mike), the inestimable Mrs Hudson appears, as well as a modern version of Inspector Lestrade, who seems considerably less inept than the original, and the Baker Street Irregulars. The language Bollers uses is that of 2013 Harlem, yet he manages to have Holmes say "The game is afoot" without it sounding anachronistic. That's a good, skilled touch.
Hopefully this will be a successful launch. New Paradigm plans a series of one shot issues after the initial miniseries is completed. Among the writers planned for those are Chuck Dixon and Larry Hama, as well as one by Bollers. I'm really looking forward to what Dixon will do with these two iterations of the characters.