Advance Comic Review:
Mycroft Holmes & The Apocalypse Handbook
Release date:Aug 3, 2016
Written By: Kareem Abdul – Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld
Art by: Joshua Cassara
With Luis Guerrero & Simon Bowland
‘It is 1874, at the height of Victorian England. As the 19th century draws to a close, the pace of change, invention, and progress continues to accelerate. Scientific advances proliferate through the Age of Steam, and each day brings with it new wonders. But some inventions would be better left undiscovered, as Mycroft Holmes is about to find out…’
Mystery, fun, danger, sexiness, & adventure; Mycroft Holmes delivers all this and more in the premiere issue written by Kareem Abdul – Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld. Setting the comic in the same time frame as the original source material, yet having the ability in the comic medium to give us some outstanding Victorian and Steampunk inspired visuals from artist Joshua Cassara benefits this title considerably. It gives the issue a distinct look with some amazing ink and color work behind the sharp pencils.
When the elder brother of the famed Sherlock finds his wise tongue putting himself on the cusp (again) of getting thrown out of Cambridge University, Mycroft does what he does best; uses that same roguish behavior to not only save his skin, but also to slide into a young (married) maiden’s bed, all the while setting up mental games with his younger brother. All is not beautifully drawn naked women and mental challenges, however; as Holmes is kidnapped and brought into a plot that needs him to save not only the world, but more importantly the British Empire.
Focusing on the elder brother of the famous Sherlock, Mycroft Holmes and The Apocalypse Handbook is written with a quick wit, combining a myriad of elements into a tale that is as fun as it is mysterious. Cassara’s art compliments the script wonderfully, bringing the same sense of wonder and intrigue with a variety of layouts and differing panels, who’s colors that give a distinct sense of fantasy, yet not distractingly so.
If you enjoy your Victorian England with a mixture of equal parts fun, steampunk, sex, puzzles, action and roguish charm, then Mycroft Homes and the Apocalypse Handbook is the comic for you. Picking it up should be in a word, Elementary
Comic Review – Mycroft Holmes and the Apocalypse Handbook