Holding Onto The Truth At All Costs– ‘Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia #3’ Review

by Josh Davison

Mild Spoilers Ahead
Sherlock Holmes and John Watson arrive to find Irene Adler completely naked. This catches both men off-guard and Sherlock has nothing off which to judge Ms. Adler. She reveals knowledge of the death Sherlock is currently investigating and Sherlock sends Watson out of the apartment. Sherlock continues to press Adler on the location of the photographs and verifies that they are in the room. Soon after, armed men arrive at the apartment building.

Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia #3 cover by Alice X. Zhang
Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia #3 cover by Sara Richards

Sherlock: Scandal in Belgravia #3 retells the story of BBC’s Sherlock: Series 2 in a manga format. We watch Sherlock and Watson press a nude Adler on the location of a very special set of photographs. Her nudity throws the detectives off of their game–but only to a point.
It’s a near shot-for-shot recreation of the Series 2 episode. While I thoroughly enjoyed the BBC Sherlock series starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, this retelling of the Series 2 episode does highlight a few issues with the logic of the show. The pacing of the series allows the viewer to run with every observation, deduction, twist, etc. Leaving it to the reader to advance the story gives them time to pick up on some of the flaws in the logic of the show.
Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia #3 art by Jay and letterer Amoona Saohin
Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia #3 art by Jay and letterer Amoona Saohin

Jay provides the artwork upon which the comic largely attempts to sell itself. It’s a comic presented in the style of manga, and the art within makes sure the reader can pick up on the emotional reactions, involuntary or otherwise, of the characters. I would have enjoyed some color work regardless.
Sherlock: Scandal in Belgravia #3 brings Sherlock and Watson into collision with Irene Adler. It’s a recreation of the Sherlock television series adventure and a faithful one at that. I can’t say that the new art style and presentation adds much to the story, but the core narrative remains enjoyable. Feel free to pick this comic up.
Sherlock: Scandal in Belgravia comes to us from writer Steven Moffat, artist, artists Jay, letterer Amoona Saohin, cover artist Alice X. Zhang, and variant cover artist Jay.
Final Score: 6/10

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