In Review: Sherlock Holmes: The Vanishing Man #1

Holmes and Watson take up the search for Michael Williams in the Vanishing Man.

Synopsis: Michael Williams is a family man. A reliable man at both work and home. When he disappears, there are no clues left behind. Now, it is up to Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson to find out what happened to him and what danger may be lurking around every corner, in the case of The Vanishing Man!

Review: Written by the team of Leah Moore and John Reppion. ‘Sherlock Holmes: The Vanishing Man’ brings us both mystery and adventure as Holmes and Watson are asked the investigate the disappearance of Law Clerk Michael Williams, but get asked by his employer to look into the mysterious deaths of two men connected with a recently imported mummy.

Leah Moore and John Reppion have been doing Sherlock Holmes mysteries with Dynamite for awhile and this new adventure looks to have the makings of yet another page-turner.

The issue opens up with Michael Williams leaving his workplace to be suddenly abducted off the streets of London. We then go to the home of Holmes where he is in somewhat of a drug-induced stupor. His longstanding friend Watson is trying to find a case for his friend in order to pull him out of his boredom.

The story very quickly moves on from there when the wife of Michael Williams asks Holmes to investigate.

This is a brilliant start to a new adventure and Moore and Reppion set things up beautifully with a series of events that are so random that you are wondering if they are connected.

I loved the long monologue about London being Britain’s biggest graveyard of the dead and the dying who vastly outnumber the living. It was so well written and presented that you can imagine pretty much any incarnation of Sherlock Holmes saying these words.

The artwork by Julius Ohta works out well with the story and direction. I particularly liked his depiction of a terrified young Wiggins in the drug store and his drawings of the Egypt Expedition also impressed.

Overall. This is a great first issue that has me wanting more. What happened to Michael Williams? Will Wiggins manage to get away from the chemist? Does Michael Williams disappearance have any connection to the archaeological findings that Holmes read about? I guess we’re all going to have to wait to next month to get some of these answers.

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