10 to Try Mystery Challenge: Graphic Novels

Want to see more of Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock? Now you can linger over illustrations of him in a manga version of the hit TV show! For my fifth month of reading only mysteries in completing the 10 to Try challenge, I chose this reboot of the BBC show's very first episode to complete the graphic novel category.


Originally published in Japan as a bilingual English/Japanese manga, Sherlock: A Study in Pink, transforms the hit BBC series starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman into illustrations that make the story more savory. Manga artist Jay captures Benedict on the page, and several of his panels showing Sherlock's facial expressions made me laugh out loud. Freeman isn't recreated quite as well, unfortunately, but both men have had their features tweaked a bit to fit into the manga definition of handsome.

In this first volume, Sherlock and Watson meet, become roommates, and investigate a suspicious series of suicides. The next volume, Sherlock: The Blind Banker, is being released in monthly installments by Titan Comics.

If you're looking for more graphic novel mysteries, check out these suggestions:

The Lost Boy

After his parents move the family to a new house, Nate finds a very old tape recorder and an envelope with his name on it under a creaky floorboard. Inside the envelope a note says simply "Find him." Richly detailed ink illustrations cover every bit of the strange sights in this graphic novel, as Nate begins listening to the tapes and falls into the mystery of a missing boy.

I, Witness

Both of David's best friends are shot dead after witnessing murders. David is wounded in the shooting, and he desperately hopes that by keeping quiet the gang members won't come for him too. But David is a walking bad luck charm and people around him keep getting killed, so he can't help but try to figure out who is behind the murders. Scratchy ink illustrations in black and red create a jagged feel that works well for this urban mystery.

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