A Study In Pink #3 is a clever adaptation by Titan Comics – and is a welcome reminder as to how thrilling Sherlock can be.
The adventure picks up in the heart of the mystery, as Dr John Watson answers a ringing red phone box. Passersby seem to ignore it, isolating Watson to his changing world. Moffat’s eerie originality is ever present, regardless of whether readers have seen A Study In Pink on television. Security cameras look out for Watson, and cars pull up to whisk him away. Issue #3 opens with the full hit of suspense following the cliffhanger of issue #2.
This new issue focuses on the psychology of its two leading characters. Watson must learn what it means to link himself to Sherlock, despite repeated advice to stay clear of him. Adapted from the script of Steven Moffat, the dialogue between characters is witty, cutting and remarkably executed. After all, simply watching three very intelligent individuals talk is as remarkable as viewing the action. A Study In Pink #3 focuses on being a character study, detailing significant character introductions. The issue morphs from a plot about killers, and zeroes in on the reasoning and risk Watson is taking by being associating himself with Sherlock Holmes.
As Watson struggles to catch up to Sherlock’s way of life, Jay’s artistry captures his confusion well. After all, Watson is constantly surrounded by punctuation, accompanied by dour expressions, showing his panic and confusion. Issue #3 thrives by displaying Watson’s choices from both script and illustration. The black and white colouring scheme reflects how jaded Watson’s world has become: that nothing is as clear as it seems.
Of course, issue #3 ends with yet another cliffhanger to keep fans ever eager for issue #4. Titan Comics compartmentalise the story admirably, rationing A Study In Pink in teasing chunks.
You can buy A Study In Pink #3 from Titan Comics’ website.
Sherlock: A Study in Pink #3
The three-patch problem of A Study In Pink continues to unravel, in this thrilling manga adaptation of the smash-hit SHERLOCK TV series! John is pulled into a web of deceit, as he comes face-to-face with the man who describes himself as Sherlock‘s “arch-enemy” – and Sherlock sets a trap for a serial murderer!
- Concept by: Steven Moffat & Mark Gatiss
- Writer: Steven Moffat
- Artist: Jay.
- Cover A: Jay.
- Cover B: Photo
- Cover C: Simon Myers
- Cover D: Question No 6