EXCLUSIVE: The game's afoot in Dynamite's new Sherlock Holmes: The Vanishing Man #1

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Apr 29, 2019, 6:04 AM EDT (Updated)

Britain's most famous sleuth is slipping into his deerstalker cap and Inverness cape to prowl the foggy back alleys of Olde London in a grand new comic book adventure from Dynamite Entertainment.

Sherlock Holmes: The Vanishing Man appears in comic shops and digital retailers on Wednesday, May 2, and it's a genuine old-fashioned affair featuring familiar Holmesian perception, the notorious 7 percent solution, Watson's warm-but-barbed encouragements, and some smart surprises to discover as well.

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Written with nostalgia and affection by the married team of Leah Moore (Alan Moore's daughter) & John Reppion (Damsels, Ghost Stories of an Antiquary), with art by Julius Ohta (Grimm Fairy Tales), Dynamite's new Sherlock series is steeped in the type of shrouded truths and Victorian diversions emanating from the best of author Arthur Conan Doyle's treasured catalog of crime stories.

With Holmes resorting to his old addictions, it's up to Watson to rouse the great detective from his drug-addled stupor and fix his genius I.Q. on something more tangible... like a baffling missing-persons mystery!

Check out artist John Cassaday's haunting main cover:


Here's the official solicitation 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!

"Sherlock Holmes is one of those rare things, a character so perfectly imagined that, even long after Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stopped writing his adventures, we can still hear his voice," Moore and Reppion told SYFY WIRE. "Readers are all so familiar with the character that we know, instinctively, how he talks, how he thinks, how he acts. That's a wonderful gift to be given as a writer, to be allowed to handle a character so well known, and well loved, and do something of your own with it, but it's also pretty intimidating. People know what they want and expect from a Holmes mystery, and it's our job to deliver that while still giving them something new, exciting, and original.

"This is our third Holmes series for Dynamite -- following The Trial of Sherlock Holmes in 2009, and Sherlock Holmes: Liverpool Demon in 2012 -- so we've had a bit of experience with The Great Detective and his world by this point, but it's still just as exciting and daunting in equal measures."

The game's afoot, so hop into our 8-page preview in the gallery below and try and deduce whether this latest Sherlock Holmes case is worth solving.