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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 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 horror! From the Hugo, Bram Stoker, Locus, World Fantasy, Nebula award-winning, and New York Times bestselling writer Neil Gaiman comes this graphic novel adaptation with art by Eisner award winning artist Rafael Albuquerque!


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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 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 horror! From the Hugo, Bram Stoker, Locus, World Fantasy, Nebula award-winning, and New York Times bestselling writer Neil Gaiman comes this graphic novel adaptation with art by Eisner award winning artist Rafael Albuquerque!

30 review for A Study in Emerald

  1. 4 out of 5

    Shadowdenizen

    4.5 stars. An excellent adaptation of the seminal Neil Gaiman story that fuses Sherlock Holmes and the Cthulhu Mythos.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Trang Tran (Bookidote)

    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 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, entertaining and as thought provoking as the original works from Doyle. The story follows the simple murder mystery plot until the last page ends WITH A FRKN TWIST! A magnificent twist, dare I say, for I am a fan of big reveals. The kind of reveal that makes you want to re-read the story and find the clues that you missed the first time. As for the length, It is short I must warn you, I wish they will continue this a series because I’m sure they have plenty of ideas to explore 😀

  3. 4 out of 5

    Katie (Lost in Pages)

    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 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 adaptation will always be my favorite!  So with a minimum amount of background knowledge, I went into this graphic novel hoping for the best because it's Neil Gaiman, and Neil Gaiman can do no wrong. I didn't know that the plot line was going to follow A Study in Scarlet so accurately, so that was a nice surprise. For some, I can see why that would be a negative, but for me, I liked the fact that I knew the base story because sometimes the Lovecraft references were over my head. I'm sure there are a bunch that I've missed or didn't recognize. That being said, I did like the Lovecraftian influences. They made the story unique! To avoid spoilers, I won't say much about the ending minus the fact that it threw me for a curve ball, for sure. It makes a lot of sense after the fact, but I definitely enjoyed that twist of sorts. Another thing I enjoyed was the art style, it matched the writing style very well. I hope this graphic novel will become a series because I'd love to see more in this interesting world. 

  4. 5 out of 5

    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 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 costs $10? I’m not sure what that’s about because the pdf I linked is only 9 pages long. Anyway, Gaiman does a great job of imitating Doyle’s style, but I didn’t realize the point was basically to use all the same plot points and almost the same details as the original story? While the narrator goes unnamed, his back story is exactly like Watson’s and is introduced in the same way, some of the major plot points are exactly the same: the “rache,” the cab driver, etc. which I found confusing. What’s the point of a re-telling if you’re telling the exact same story in very similar words? And why is it a study in emerald, of all colors? Also, it’s a re-telling that takes place in H. P. Lovecraft’s world, so if you’re not familiar with that (like I wasn’t), then you’ll be even more confused. But the plot twist at the end I really liked and made this story worthwhile. I did not see it coming at all: (view spoiler)[The whole time you’ll think that Holmes and Watson are the main characters of the story, but no, it turns out the detective is actually Moriarty and his veteran friend Sebastian Moran, one of Holmes’ enemies; and Holmes and Watson are actually the “villains” of the book. They killed the German noble who was an alien because they’re against the rule of the Great Old Ones who are unjustly ruling amongst humans. (And I never would have been able to figure that out without reading the Wikipedia article, not sure if it’s because Gaiman’s writing is confusing or because I’m not familiar with Lovecraft, or what.) (hide spoiler)] I was excited to read this story because I’ve heard so many good things about Neil Gaiman and love Sherlock Holmes, so I thought it would be a great place to start, but I was wrong. Another site besides wikipedia that helped me understand this story: Tor, especially knowing this following part before reading the story would have really helped me out: “ The story begins long after the worst terrors embedded in the Mythos have come true—and become commonplace. The cultists have taken over, answering to their unholy overlords. Royalty exudes both fear and fascination, and leaders who give prosperity with one hand (limb) can carry out dreadful deeds behind closed doors. The world isn’t entirely like ours, though; the moon is a different color.” And the “rulers demand the price of minds (souls) for their general benevolence.” In conclusion, if you’re a fan of Gaiman’s and/or Lovecraft’s, you’ll probably enjoy (and understand) this story more than I did. It even won the Hugo Award in 2004.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Connolly

    Really good. But wait..is 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.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    I was about to give up on these Dark Horse adaptations of Neil Gaiman short stories, but the pretty good mash-up of Sherlock Holmes and H.P. Lovecraft in this volume means I'll have to keep checking them out. The little twist at the end actually caught me off guard and elevated the story considerably.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Eℓℓis ♥

    Letto nella versione non illustrata uscita nel 2007.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Deborah

    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.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Giselle Bradley

    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 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 I really really really want a sequel. I need more in the world!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ines

    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!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Frances

    Let’s just all agree that it’s silly to give a five star book 4 stars just because you are bitter that it’s not longer. BUT I WANTED TO KEEP READING.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Bayneeta

    Conan Doyle meets Lovecraft. Story by Neil Gaiman; art by Rafael Albuquerque. A winning combination.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Interesting. A slightly different take on Sherlock Holmes, mixed with Lovecraftian monsters. I liked the art, but didn't love it. I did, however, really enjoy the story. I wouldn't be sorry to read more. I am really curious as to why the royal family, particularly Queen Victoria and her offspring, seem to be often portrayed in sci-fi/fantasy fiction as being at least part-inhuman. I've seen them referred to as lycanthropes in other tales, and as an American, I'm dying to know what it is about he Interesting. A slightly different take on Sherlock Holmes, mixed with Lovecraftian monsters. I liked the art, but didn't love it. I did, however, really enjoy the story. I wouldn't be sorry to read more. I am really curious as to why the royal family, particularly Queen Victoria and her offspring, seem to be often portrayed in sci-fi/fantasy fiction as being at least part-inhuman. I've seen them referred to as lycanthropes in other tales, and as an American, I'm dying to know what it is about her family that inspires these stories.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    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.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    In a delightful mashup of Sherlock Holmes and Lovecraft lore, the world's only consulting detective and his flatmate are called upon to solve a murder. The victim is not a woman in pink, however, but a German prince who is something rather more than human. Gaiman does an excellent job dovetailing the two mythologies, and the little twist that all mysteries must have was well played. I highly recommend this book for fans of the Lovecraft-style horror genre.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lizzy // The Bookish Unicorn

    I really really really hope Gaiman writes more stories in this universe! This was fantastic!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    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.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    Victorians, famous detectives, tentacles...we're in Emma territory right here.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ellen

    I think I missed something. I enjoyed reading it but then felt confused at the end. I don't really know my Lovecraft, so I think that could have been my downfall.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    A nice Victorian cthulhu piece! Loved it!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    Issuing a pricy hardcover for what amounts to a 64 page special after you remove the sketches, faux Victorian ads, and multiple blank pages used as chapter breaks is a blatant cash-in on Gaiman's name, and a shoddy one at that. Many panels uses watercolor washes in place of background art, so characters appear to be floating in space. Worst of all, the twist from the original story is handled so poorly only part of it lands. (view spoiler)[We discover that our narrator isn't Dr. Watson at all bu Issuing a pricy hardcover for what amounts to a 64 page special after you remove the sketches, faux Victorian ads, and multiple blank pages used as chapter breaks is a blatant cash-in on Gaiman's name, and a shoddy one at that. Many panels uses watercolor washes in place of background art, so characters appear to be floating in space. Worst of all, the twist from the original story is handled so poorly only part of it lands. (view spoiler)[We discover that our narrator isn't Dr. Watson at all but bungles the reveal that it's Moriarty's henchman and therefore the detective was Moriarty, not Holmes, all along (hide spoiler)] As a longtime Holmes reader, this went completely over my head, and considering that as many people will be picking this up based on the Lovecraft connection as the Conan Doyle one, it should have been made much clearer. As the first issue of an ongoing series it it's an intriguing setup; as a standalone tale it is sorely lacking.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lucinda

    My library just got this and recommended it to me. I loved it. It helps that I just got, and started, H.P. Lovecraft's Short stories, so I picked up on stuff in this I wouldn't have otherwise. This was awesome, on't want to spoil anything but seriously, check it out. ^_^

  23. 5 out of 5

    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 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 unexpected twist at the end. It has been awhile since I read the original short story, but I feel that they gave away some of the mystery to the story a little too early. I remember a real feeling of surprise when I figured out how everything was coming together and yes, that may have influenced me, but I don't think that someone reading this version will experience the same sense of wonder as all the pieces of the puzzle start coming together. Or maybe I'm just remembering this wrong and the original did give more away earlier on in the story. Either way, this is a great volume unto itself, but I recommend reading the original as well.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Brandon

    A nice slow burn that perfectly mimics Lovecraft's building of tension and dread.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Josh

    Even though I haven't read Gaiman's original story yet, this feels like a particularly effective adaptation. This volume quickly establishes the world and progresses through the weird, dark, fascinating story at an engaging and accessible pace. The worlds of Doyle and Lovecraft blend more effectively than I would have expected, highlighting key elements of both amidst a classic detective story. Questions are left hanging at the end of the adventure, but it's clearly intentional--an added element Even though I haven't read Gaiman's original story yet, this feels like a particularly effective adaptation. This volume quickly establishes the world and progresses through the weird, dark, fascinating story at an engaging and accessible pace. The worlds of Doyle and Lovecraft blend more effectively than I would have expected, highlighting key elements of both amidst a classic detective story. Questions are left hanging at the end of the adventure, but it's clearly intentional--an added element of this mashed-up reinterpretation of two classic writers. The art in this volume is excellent, and all the creators involved appear to have worked well in bringing this volume together. For fans of Gaiman, Doyle, Lovecraft, comics, horror, fantasy, and mystery--"A Study in Emerald" is a quick read with a lot to offer.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ma'Belle

    This was a lot of fun to read. I don't want to spoil the ending, but it's a good one! Neil Gaiman has written a story in the world of Sherlock Holmes and Chthulhu without ever actually using either of those (probably copyrighted) names. There are some elements of Alan Moore's magnum opus From Hell, and some bits that will feel familiar to fans of Grant Morrison's first (and most personal) major original work, The Invisibles. But it is distinctly a Gaiman story. Observe: in just the second tatter This was a lot of fun to read. I don't want to spoil the ending, but it's a good one! Neil Gaiman has written a story in the world of Sherlock Holmes and Chthulhu without ever actually using either of those (probably copyrighted) names. There are some elements of Alan Moore's magnum opus From Hell, and some bits that will feel familiar to fans of Grant Morrison's first (and most personal) major original work, The Invisibles. But it is distinctly a Gaiman story. Observe: in just the second tattered bit of text on the bleak opening page, the Narrator for the duration of the book says, "Forgive me. I am not a literary man." Now, we know that Neil Gaiman IS a very literary man, and so it strikes me as a streak of genius for him to start off narrating a story with that disclaimer, allowing him to avoid purple prose except when intentional.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lukas Holmes

    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 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 again. This incarnation of the story repeated that feeling. The art is perfect and the transfer into the graphic medium was flawless. They did such a great job that I actually forgot for a moment the twist ending and was, happily, surprised again. Great job.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Raquel

    If you're a fan of Neil Gaiman, or Sherlock, or Lovecraft, or mystery/horror then you'll enjoy this graphic novel. I picked it up because the art caught my eye. One of the most important aspects of the graphic novel for me is the art, and it was both beautiful and creepy. The story was of course engaging until the very end. The best part of this Lovecraft/Sherlock mash up is that it doesn't feel like your stereotypical remake of Sherlock. There is a twist at the end that made me excited that it w If you're a fan of Neil Gaiman, or Sherlock, or Lovecraft, or mystery/horror then you'll enjoy this graphic novel. I picked it up because the art caught my eye. One of the most important aspects of the graphic novel for me is the art, and it was both beautiful and creepy. The story was of course engaging until the very end. The best part of this Lovecraft/Sherlock mash up is that it doesn't feel like your stereotypical remake of Sherlock. There is a twist at the end that made me excited that it won't be your usual cast of Sherlock characters. The ending of the book has made me hope that this will become a series. I have too many questions left about the characters and the world for this to be the only one we're getting!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    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 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 forward to the next. *violence takes place off-stage, but is referenced; some adult themes

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rob

    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 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 in any detail when reading comics, but the beauty of this one caused me to move slowly through the work.

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