In Review: Sherlock Holmes: The Vanishing Man #3

Holmes inches closer to solving the disappearance of Michael Williams

Synopsis: Holmes inches closer to solving the disappearance of Michael Williams, but it also brings him closer to danger! Meanwhile, Moriarty’s cunning scheme goes deeper than anyone anticipated, including the neighborhood boy caught in his clutches!

Review: Holmes and Watson continue their investigation into the mysterious disappearance of Michael Williams, but get sidetracked by both Inspector Lestrade and the disappearance of Bakers Street Irregular Wiggins.

Leah Moore and John Reppion provide some fun banter as Lestrade chastises Holmes for not returning any of his messages. The dialogue exchanges between Watson, Lestrade and Holmes are both witty and very much in keeping with the characters from the books. I absolutely loved how Holmes uses Lestrade as somewhat of a pawn in his attempt to uncover further information while attending the workplace of the missing Michael Williams.

Elsewhere in the comic Wiggins is very much in the custody of Holme’s greatest nemesis Professor Moriarty who provides a great bit of insight about not keeping all one’s eggs in one basket.

Holmes is not very much aware of Wiggin’s disappearance and feels somewhat guilty about it. So much so that he shoots off on his own after having seen the chemist ransacked the dead body.

Also interesting is some of the dialogue between Michael Moore’s wife and her friend while accompanying the children on a day trip to the zoo. It immediately has you wondering if Michael Moore’s disappearance has been arranged with an endgame in mind.

Julius Ohta’s art in this issue is fairly solid. I loved the panels depicting the crime scene at the chemist when Holmes and Watson see the brutality of the chemist’s death. I also enjoyed the panels showing the kids playing with an elephant at the zoo. But best of all is the final page where we see Holmes at home with papers all over the wall. Choas, which I have no doubt will be brought to order in the next issue.

Overall. This is a solid issue, which gives us a few more questions to ponder.

Sherlock Holmes: The Vanishing Man #3
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Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at:
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