Synopses & Reviews
In later life, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) revealed that the main inspiration for Sherlock Holmes (the greatest detective never to have lived) was Joseph Bell, his old teacher at Edinburgh Universitys medical faculty, whose methods of minute deduction and objective analysis informed Dr. Conan Doyles own career as (among other things) an “eye specialist”. A surgeon named Watson, as warm-hearted as Bell was austere, supplied the template for Holmess loyal friend Dr. Watson. In Conan Doyles parallel career as a writer, though, begun as a student, he repeatedly probed what a later collection called “Tales of Twilight and the Unseen”: his earliest surviving story was about a “Haunted Grange” (1878), while his final works from the 1920s include a series of tracts promoting Spiritualism and the existence of fairies at the bottom of the garden.
In The Hound of the Baskervilles (1902), written exactly midway through his career, Conan Doyle resurrected his great “specialist in crime” and dramatized a lifetimes obsession with the supernatural. Joining him in the ancient and treacherous landscape of the Devonshire Moors are a cast of gentleman scientists: as well as his faithful chronicler Dr. Watson, we meet another medic, Dr. Mortimer, a self-confessed “dabbler in science”; the lawyer Frankland, an amateur astronomer; and the Darwinian butterfly-collector Stapleton, whose mania for logical classification rivals Holmess own. But that is only half the story. For what can rational science do to help Sir Henry, the new incumbent of Baskerville Hall, escape the ancestral curse of the phantom Hound that has claimed his uncles life? Why are the servants behaving so strangely? And who is the mysterious figure glimpsed through Franklands telescope? This atmospheric graphic novel adaptation by Ian Edginton and I.N.J. Culbard the team behind this seriess acclaimed Picture of Dorian Gray will keep you guessing…
"This better than average comics version of the quintessential 1901 Sherlock Holmes novel shows the first private detective's cool rationality confronting gibbering horror in order to thwart an ancient curse, a hound from hell that kills the male heads of a wealthy family. Patriarch Sir Charles Baskerville just having been frightened to death, Holmes and Dr. Watson set out to protect the family heir, Sir Henry. Few trappings of gothic mystery are missing from the action, but they are countered by Holmes's instructions that Watson should observe closely and analyze skeptically everything he sees. Edginton's script is much closer to Conan Doyle's original than most adaptations, although that does mean that the characters get to talk a lot. Culbard's energetic layouts and darkly sinister backgrounds are effective; when he turns to the story's people, unfortunately, the Seth-like brushwork stretches their heads until they look like animated kidney beans. Overall, though, Hound gives modern readers a taste of what makes Sherlock Holmes an immortal character. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
After the success of their Illustrated Classics version of The Picture of Dorian Gray, Ian Edginton and I.N.J. Culbard have teamed up again to create a visually compelling graphic novel adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyleand#8217;s masterpiece. And the superb writing and beautiful art takes Conan Doyleand#8217;s supernatural tale to new heights.
All the elements are here for a thrilling tale: A gnarled walking stick, missing boot, neglected family portrait, convicted killer on the loose, and the ancestral curse of a phantom hound. The great detective himself, Sherlock Holmesand#151;with the help of Dr. Watson has his work cut out for him in a dramatic mystery that will keep readers guessing until the very end.
Classic literature meets contemporary style in a vibrant introduction to five of Shakespeareand#39;s most popular plays. These engaging graphic novels, complete with captions in accessible modern English and key excerpts from the original dialogue, bring the Bardand#39;s dramatic scenes to life. A glossary at the foot of each page helps with any challenging vocabulary without disrupting the pleasurable reading experience.and#160;and#160;
The five plays include: Hamlet, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet, and A Midsummer Nightand#39;s Dream.
About the Author
I. N. J. Culbard is an artist and writer. In 2006, he surpassed thousands of other writers and had his work published in Dark Horse Comicsand#8217; New Recruits anthology. He has also appeared in the Judge Dredd Megazine. Culbard is an acclaimed animation director with considerable experience in directing commercials, developing projects for television, and producing and directing short films. This is his second full-length graphic novel as an artist, having collaborated on The Picture of Dorian Gray with Ian Edginton.
and#160;Ian Edginton, one of Britainand#8217;s best-known writers, has had a tremendous impact on the world of comics. In his illustrious career he has worked for Lucasfilm, Paramount Pictures, and 20th Century Fox to adapt Star Wars, Star Trek, Alien, Predator and Terminator properties, as well as with the H.G. Wells estate to adapt War of the Worlds for Dark Horse. He owes his success to good collaborations with other artists from the industry, most famously Dand#8217;Israeli (Scarlet Traces) and Steve Yeowell (The Red Seas). He recently adapted Edgar Allan Poeand#8217;s The Murders in the Rue Morgue (illustrated by Dand#8217;Israeli) for SelfMadeHeroand#8217;s graphic anthology Nevermore. In 2007, his graphic novel Scarlet Traces: The Great Game was nominated for Best Limited Series and Best Writer at the prestigious Eisner Awards.