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A Study in Emerald

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  208 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
This supernatural mystery set in the world of Sherlock Holmes and Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos features a brilliant detective and his partner as they try to solve a horrific murder.

The complex investigation takes the Baker Street investigators from the slums of Whitechapel all the way to the Queen's Palace as they attempt to find the answers to this bizarre murder of cosmic
Hardcover, Graphic Novel, 88 pages
Published June 27th 2018 by Dark Horse Books
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Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics-other
4.5 stars.
An excellent adaptation of the seminal Neil Gaiman story that fuses Sherlock Holmes and the Cthulhu Mythos.
Trang Tran (Bookidote)
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Full review here
I always loved reading graphic novels and I noticed that one of the challenges in this medium is to convey an original story while having a clear storyline in just a few pages. Neil Gaiman, Rafael Alburerque and company did just that. They manage to set up the world building in a Lovecraftian way but keep all the Sherlock Holmes references at the same time. The perfect pastiche. A Study in Emerald is foreshadowing The Study In Scarlet by Conan Doyle. The dialogue is funny, enter
The Story Girl
Recently while listening to a podcast, I discovered that Neil Gaiman had written a re-telling, or pastiche, of one of the Sherlock Holmes’ stories, “A Study in Scarlet.” It can be found online for free here, and this version is actually printed like an actual newspaper with ads and all. However, there are other versions as well: a graphic novel, an audiobook, the version found in Shadows Over Baker Street where it was first found, and Amazon has it as an ebook that’s listed as 80 pages long? And ...more
Katie (Lost in Pages)
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I want to start by saying that I know nothing when it comes to Lovecraft. I'm aware that there's a green, octopus-looking creature called the "cthulhu" that lives in the ocean, and that's literally the extent of my knowledge. I've always been intrigued by his stories, but I've never read any of them.

Sherlock Holmes, on the other hand, I know quite a lot about. Without having read any of the actual books, I know a good deal because of adaptations I've seen — Benedict Cumberbatch and the BBC adapt
Jamie Connolly
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really good. But this the only volume or is there going to be more stories set in this world. The whole thing was really good but I wish it had gone on longer. 5 stars.
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Letto nella versione non illustrata uscita nel 2007.
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I want to live in Neil Gaiman's head for a day. He has such an incredible imagination! I loved this story and enjoyed the art as well.
Giselle Bradley
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I haven't read any Lovecraft yet but I really enjoyed this retelling of A Study in Scarlet. The world that Gaiman and the illustrators manged to build in this short graphic novel was so interesting. The wasn't insanely text heavy which I really appreciated. (Nothing drags more than a graphic novel that is just as wordy as a book.) But even though there wasn't a ton of text the story and world building was so gripping. Such a fascinating alt-history. I liked it better than A Study in Scarlet. But ...more
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, comics, mystery
A wonderful delight for Gaiman and Conan Doyle fans

I enjoyed the drawings a lot and the little publicity notes at the beginning of each chapter. As the name foreshadows, a "study in Emerald" follows a "study in scarlet" with a detective and his ex-military friend investigating a revenge kill. Fortunately there is no lengthy weird throwback, just the case being solved. I liked the twist at the end as well!
Reading this I couldn't help but think this was so familiar. Duh, it was in Fragile Things, a short story collection from Gaiman. Good adaptation but the reveal and power of the story is only as good as your familiarity with Conan Doyle's original stories. Because I haven't read any of the originals, the reveal wasn't as profound as it could be.
Lizzy // The Bookish Unicorn
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
I really really really hope Gaiman writes more stories in this universe! This was fantastic!
Really cool, except the ending resolves almost nothing. If it's being set up for a sequel that's fine, but as far as I know that's not the case. This world is fascinating and we don't see anywhere near enough of it.
David Edmonds
The latest in Dark Horse Comic's Neil Gaiman Library series, A Study in Emerald adapts the short story of the same name from the short story collection Fragile Things. As with all the Dark Horse adaptations, this has its strong and weak points, but does a more than admiral job of capturing the essence of the story. Without giving much away, this is obviously a pastiche of Sherlock Holmes with Lovecraft's Cthulhu universe and takes A Study in Scarlet as its inspiration, but also contains an unexp ...more
Lukas Holmes
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won a book from a teacher when I was in elementary school. She knew I loved Sherlock Holmes so she bought me this book filled with 'new' stories. They were written by the likes of King. I remembered falling even more in love with Holmes upon discovering that writers could create new stories. I fell in and out love year after year as new volumes of these types of collections were created. When I read 'Shadow over Bakerstreet' it was Gaiman's story that stood out and made me feel like a kid agai ...more
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle meets Lovecraft.

Sherlock Holmes meets the Ancient Onces.

Mystery and monsters.

If those appeal to you, then this graphic novel will as well.

I found it enjoyable, although much of this first volume, in what I expect will be a series, is focused on world-building and character-building rather than the mystery at hand.

However, there was a neat twist at the end that both surprised me and made me curious to read more (and also upped my stars to 4 rather than 3).

I'm looking forwa
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Gaiman making comics again!!!!

A Study in Emerald in particular is the best graphic novel I've read in a long time. The characters were excellent. The plot engaging. The alternative history world super fascinating. And the ending completely unexpected. Just an excellent read.

My only criticism is that I wish it were longer; I really hope he comes back to this world and writes future volumes.

The artwork is absolutely top notch. It's rare for me to pause and spend much time looking at the pictures i
Patrick Booth
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I didn't know what to expect when I started this. I had actually never read anything by Neil Gaiman even though his note-rarity didn't escape me. I also had no idea this was a graphic novel. Amazon was advertising it to me as something I should check out, so I did.

Color me surprised by how good this was.

Sherlock homes meets Cthulhu mythos is by far the easiest way to describe this, but its so much more then that. I'd hate to kill any of the surprise I got from it so I'll stay mum on the detail
Jessie Kalos
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved that it was so close to “a study in scarlet”, but the ties to Lovecraft went over my head. The art was awesome, and the twist at the end threw me for a loop until I did a little research! I definitely thought I knew more about Holmsian history, but I was surely stumped.

Neil does no wrong in my book (pun intended).

Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this. I've read the original short story at some point and don't really remember it, but this was a perfect medium for the story. The adaptation wasn't overpowered by endless caption boxes like some of the other Gaiman adaptations, and Rafael Albuquerque's art provided the perfect unsettling mood for the story.
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent! Great read! Awesome reimagining of Sherlock Holmes. I seem to be reading a lot of book in the Cthulhu universe and I'm really digging it. I would love to see more of these come into being.
Angie Pinchbeck
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
A fantastic adaptation of Gaiman's short story. I've always loved Rafael Albuquerque's art, and this does not disappoint. I would love to see more from this world.
Calvin Daniels
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Sherlock Holmes tale, with a taste of Cthulhu, written by Neil Gaiman, how could I not love it?
Brian Gaston
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is Neil Gaiman at his best -- in the graphic novel genre. A great story blending the two settings. The art is great too. If you pick up a Gaiman graphic novel, this is what you should expect.
Heather L.
Jul 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Eh, it was ok. I wasn't a huge fan of the art. Alot of the faces felt off, almost rushed in a way.
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
My only complaint is that is should be longer...
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jesse Richards
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellently done. But you'll need to be familiar with both Holmes and Lovecraft first.
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Darius Ostrowski
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An illustrated version of a (very) short story, which surprises throughout the entire tale. My main quibble is that I want much more, now that Mr. Gaiman has got us hooked I want this to continue!
Bryan Jaketic
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An interesting spin on Sherlock Holmes. This is a Neil Gaiman short story from a few years ago, but it’s wonderful to see it in graphic novel form.
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