Graphic Novel Review: A Scandal in Bohemia by Petr Kopl

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My first exposure to this book was hearing that it had been voted Graphic Novel of the Year in 2013 in the Czech Republic for its original version. Now that I have my hands on the English translation, I can absolutely understand why.

First, the English translation is fully competent. Had I not known it was a translation, I doubt I’d have realized it. I didn’t find it in any sense distracting.

Second, and most important to me as a reader, is that this isn’t just a retelling of Sherlock Holmes stories that someone slapped illustrations onto. I have seen graphic novels like that, and I do not appreciate them. A well-crafted graphic novel is not the same thing as a traditional book. It’s an art form of its own, and when it works, it’s transcendent.

This book works. The artistic style is detailed, beautiful, and suited to the material. At times, it’s humorous and charming, but ultimately, it furthers the story in a dynamic way, as  it should.

The Holmesian stories (not just “A Scandal in Bohemia,” but others as well) are told in a surprisingly complex and engaging way, proving that a medium many do not associate with Holmes can do more than justice to the material.

The bottom line: This is one of the best graphic novels I’ve ever read, and it deserves the accolades it’s received. As the holidays approach, this book would be a fantastic gift or stocking stuffer for any keen Sherlockian.

Scandal In Bohemia is available through all good bookstores including Book Depository (free shipping worldwide), Amazon USA, and Amazon UK.

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A copy of the above-reviewed work was provided by the publisher. All opinions expressed are the reviewer’s own.

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