Moriarty is a collection of the graphic novel series written by Daniel Corey about the Sherlock Holmes’ archnemesis set in the backdrop around the WW1 era and two decades after the ‘Reichenback Falls’. After Holmes’ death, Moriarty have been living under unassuming name, living as an investigator and involved in trade businesses and neglected his broken crime empire since he had lost his motivation or called his ‘dragon’ which drove him on as the notorious Professor Moriarty. However, while war is looming ahead, he was approached to find the missing Mycroft Holmes and found himself facing another ‘dragon’ hell-bent on destroying the world.
I noticed there was two element at work here, Corey’s compelling prose and artworks by Anthony Diecidue, Mike Vosburg & Perry Freeze which translates into a very dark gothic horror atmosphere of the novel and a story about a broken man finding his purpose to be alive again. “Moriarty” is about the an anti-hero side of the renown criminal genius and his story where we were able to glimpse into his dark mind and the dangerous world he’s living in which is a shade of grey where even the good guys doesn’t seem to be good either. Despite being older and haggard than the person he once was, he was no less dangerous opponent in this re-imagined universe. Admittedly, the story were more similar to Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes movies.
The artwork in the novel were adult, heavily noir, action packed and carry some Asian exoticsm in the mix like the second episode of BBC’s Sherlock Holmes. Its definitely not a lighthearted novel, and despite being coloured, the stroke made the graphic novel accessible in grayscale and quite similar in style to Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series. There were some moment where it does get predictable, deary and convoluted with action and violent scenes but the dense written part kept me going to the end. The graphic novel seemed to skewed more towards the novel part than the graphics which at some time seems to be more of a sketch to be consistent through the novel.
However, I really like the idea of Moriarty’s side of the story and I think the graphic novel would be even more successful if being adapted in the big screen. Preferably by Doug Jones, obviously.
The ARC is provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review