Today marks the release of the manga versions of a certain detective’s adventures. ‘A Study in Pink’ translated from Japanese, is available to purchase in the UK and USA.
Though fans may be familiar with a number of reinventions of the famed Sherlock story, ‘A Study in Scarlet’, its 2010 BBC adaptation ‘A Study in Pink‘ starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, truly took both the adventure and Sherlock to new heights of popularity. So much so, in fact, that the BBC adaptation has spawned its own adaptation. The latest takes the form of a Titan comic book, styled in Japanese manga is written by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss who of course, oversee the BBC series.
I was struck by how faithful the script was to the episode. As a story a study in Pink is impressive. I think the success of the BBC adaptation, amongst many things, is how updated and current it is with the modern world.
A series of seemly linked suicides have the police, lead by Detective Inspector Lestrade puzzled. Watson, an ex-army Doctor trapped in past memories of Afghanistan is looking for a place to live. When getting in touch with Sherlock, it seems a new home is the least of his worries.
I would say that I was a little disappointed with how similar the story was to its TV counterpart, however good that was. A couple more editions to the tale and development of character’s background would have been interesting. That said they do have a task on their hands fitting in 90 minutes of story.
Visually the comic does well. Bizarrely, the characters fit Manga style, clearly reassembly the actors who portrayed them.
If you are well and truly Sher-locked, you well enjoy entering back into an exciting and compelling first mystery for the famous detective. However, I feel that these comics will work better for those who are fresh to the tale, and may entice them to catch up with the wonder of the BBC series.
A Study In Pink issue #1 is out now in UK and US stores with 5 covers to choose from by artists Jay, Alex Ronald and Rod Reis. Price $4.99.
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