Sherlock: The Blind Banker Review
Written by Steve Thompson
Co-Creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss
Art by Jay
Cover: Jay, Mariano Laclaustra (cover C), Yifeng Jiang (cover D), Yishan Li (cover E)
Lettering by Amoona Saohin
Published by Titan Comics
After discovering a bank break in where nothing got stolen but a mysterious symbol left behind, Sherlock is on the case. As the symbols and murders start to show up all over London, Sherlock and Watson find themselves facing a Chinese crime syndicate by the name of Black Lotus. Will they escape in time?
The comic starts immediately with a warning that it has been presented in the original right to left manga reading format. Whilst I am still not fond of this way of reading, I must say the comic in its entirety is quite rewarding. Titan Comic secured the English rights to the manga and have since then been rolling out the adaptations to the US.
Fans of the TV show will see that the art dutifully reflects Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. Artist Jay’s drawings are light and beautifully done. Also, the story reflects the TV episode by the same name. The Blind Banker will be split up in to six individual parts with this being part one. The next issue will be released in February 2017. There is also an inclusion of a variant cover gallery at the back of the comic. The comic is indeed a brief read. However, it is interesting to see just how faithful they remain to the actual TV series.
You could almost do a comparison of the panels with the images used on the show. You will find them to be quite matching. It is the first time for me to read a comic that I have seen the actual televised episode from. I find it intriguing just how much effort someone is able to put in recreating these exact images for a comic. This is definitely one for the fans of Sherlock and hoarders of all collectibles regarding the great Sherlock Holmes and the TV series. In conclusion, Sherlock: The Blind Banker stands perfectly on its own without the TV series just the same. A great read, wonderful art and a comic I am eager to read the next issues of!