Around here, if you attach the name Neil Gaiman to a project, it’s immediately got our attention. But when Sherlock Homes and H.P. Lovecraft are involved as well, then we’re really listening.
Granted, one of those attached names is fictitious, and the other hasn’t really been producing much lately, but still, those are three historic names involved in Dark Horse’s upcoming graphic novel, A Study in Emerald.
The graphic novel, announced just in time for New York Comic Con this week, is a Rafael Albuquerque and Dave Stewart-illustrated Rafael Scavone-adaptation of Gaiman’s 2004 Hugo Award-winning short story of the same name. And yet, as far as adaptations into other mediums go, for a Gaiman story, it seems to have slipped through the cracks.
The story was first published in the 2003 anthology Shadows Over Baker Street, which features 20 “cutting edge” authors imagining what Sir Arthur Conan Doyle might have thought of Cthulhu and the Lovecraftian like. Besides a reprint in a Gaiman’s short story collection, Fragile Things, and a 2013 British board game, the rich story source has remained untapped, until now -- or rather until June 20, 2018, when the new graphic novel officially debuts.
Here’s the NYCC announcement, via Dark Horse:
Dark Horse is thrilled to reveal the next installment in the Gaiman Library with A Study in Emerald! From multiple award-winning writer Neil Gaiman comes this graphic novel adaptation featuring art by Eisner award-winning artist Rafael Albuquerque (Ei8ht, American Vampire)!
A Study in Emerald is a supernatural mystery set in the world of Sherlock Holmes and H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos. The heart-pounding tale features the brilliant detective and his faithful partner as they attempt to solve a horrific murder of cosmic proportions. The complex investigation takes the Baker Street investigators from the slums of Whitechapel all the way to the Queen’s Palace.
Rafael Scavone, co-founder of publisher Stout Club with Albuquerque and writer of Wonder Woman 75th Anniversary Special #1, lends his compositional talent to Gaiman’s award-winning short story while Dave Stewart (Black Hammer, Hellboy) brings his gorgeous colorist skills to the faithful adaptation. The beautiful cover is also by Albuquerque.