I'm a basketball nut. So, naturally, when I see Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's name while carousing around Vault of Midnight Detroit, I grabbed the book baring his name without hesitation.
Pretty glad I did.
It's a load of fun, has some stellar artwork and clean, easy-to-read writing.
This series from Titan Comics is a limited one, and unbeknownst to me until flipping through its pages, is based off of a novel by Jabbar. The story itself centers in on Sherlock Holmes' older brother, Mycroft.
Writer Raymond Obstfeld and artist Joshua Cassara aided in bringing the adaptation to comic books, and did a stellar job with this tale set prior to the Sherlock Holmes most know and love.
Mycroft and Sherlock don't have too much in common. The elder Holmes enjoys fart jokes, having sexual relations with his college professor's wife and getting himself into heaps of shit at home and school.
He likes making fun of his younger brother for doing things in 3s and putting him in awkward situations with intricate pranks that require train delays, weather, walks and naked women.
What's special about this issue, though, is how familiar yet fresh this book will feel for Sherlock fans young or old. It has that old-timey English feel to it while adding the new twist of Robert Downey Jr. in the 1990s-lite to Mycroft.
While the writing sets a great tone in issue one, it's the work from Cassara which should keep people coming back.
Whether it's a torture scene, awkward interactions where two-thirds of the room is naked or sit-down lectures with Bulldog farts, he finds what works for him and sticks to it. It feels so fluid, so clean and so easy on the eyes.
The differing views, lighting and angles are all shown without losing an ounce of consistency.
Rating: 7.5/10 It's fun, it's fresh and it's so much more than just a cash grab or publicity stunt. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has some great characters here, and writer Raymond Obstfeld and artist Joshua Cassara do a great job in helping adapt it to comic book storytelling.
The banter between the two brothers highlights this issue that ends with our handsome main character tied up in quite the Holmes-y predicament.