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Sherlock Holmes faces the elder gods

Sherlock Holmes and the Necronomicon

by Sylvain Cordurie & Laci

Dark Horse

Graphic Novel, Mystery & Thrillers, Horror

Pub Date: October 20, 2015


Sherlock Holmes and the Necronomicon is a simply marvelous graphic novel. This Soleil-Dark Horse joint production combines exquisitely detailed art with a thrilling supernatural plot. Sylvain Cordurie is a French writer and artist known for his tales pitting the classic detective against various nefarious supernatural creatures menacing London.

The one weakness it has is due to its length and format, if is difficult to portray Sherlock’s eye for detail and his superior reasoning ability. What places Sherlock Holmes in the story is his conflict with Moriarty, who has returned from the dead. Moriarty needs Sherlock in order to return to his former self. Moriarty is the pawn of a man desiring the Necronomicon. The writer makes use of the reader’s background knowledge of the Sherlock Holmes, his conflict with Moriarty, and the results of Reichenbach Falls to his advantage. Whether more of Holmes’s deductive capabilities will be put to use in other volumes has yet to be seen.

Viewed in its entirety Sherlock Holmes and the Necronomicon is an imaginative, beautifully illustrated graphic novel. It is a fitting tribute to both Lovecraft and Doyle. I look forward to reading future volumes.


I received a copy of Sherlock Holmes and the Necronomicon from Dark Horse in exchange for an honest review.



Following his encounter with the vampire Selymes, Sherlock Holmes embarks on an Arctic expedition under the assumed name of Thomas Sigerson. During his excursion, the great detective uncovers strange and dark forces at work, and only learns that some mysteries are best left unsolved!

Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle meets H. P. Lovecraft!


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