In Review: Sherlock Holmes: The Vanishing Man #2

Holmes and Watson continue their search for Michael Williams, only to discover they are not the only people doing so.

Synopsis: Holmes and Watson continue their search for Michael Williams, only to discover they are not the only people doing so. Are the mysterious figures trailing the detectives responsible for Michael’s disappearance? Meanwhile, Moriarty’s reappearance puts someone close to the sleuths in mortal danger!

Review: The game is afoot in this second issue as Holmes and Watson continue their search for the missing Michael Williams. Their search brings them to question Philomena Freeman who doesn’t really have anything incriminating to say, but we do learn a little more about Michael and his wife through her.

Meanwhile, Moriarty has taken one of Holme’s Bakers Street Irregular and plans to use him in some way to lure the great detective.

Elsewhere Detective Lestrade has some issues down the station and is much in need of Home’s assistance.

It’s fair to say that Leah Moore and John Reppion have been writing Sherlock Holmes for awhile and it shows. This issue teased a few more plot threads and we do get a glimpse into the life of Michael Williams, but we also learn that he may not be who he is claiming to be. The dialogue between Holmes and Watson is bang on. I can almost hear the voice of either Basil Rathbone or Jeremy Brett in my head whenever Holmes speaks. As for Watson. Well, he is not quite the bumbling Watson that we got in the old movies, but he is not the Jude Law version either.

The artwork from Julius Ohta continues to impress and I especially liked some of the wider angle stuff that he drew. Also rather enjoyable was the whole sequence of panels near the beginning of the issue where Holmes was recounting his little spy mission where he followed Mrs. Williams to a Pawnbrokers.

Overall. This second issue does enough to keep you interested by teasing little hints and clues that will no doubt be explained as the mystery comes to its conclusion.

Sherlock Holmes: The Vanishing Man #2
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