Publisher: Printer’s Row Publishing Group
Release: March 6th 2018
I received a copy of Dark Tales: The Hound of Baskervilles from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
I’m a big fan of Sherlock Holmes and anything related to it, so obviously when I saw this graphic novel, which is based off the Hound of Baskervilles, I knew I had to read it. As far as adaptations go, this wasn’t a bad one. I do think that there are a few things the creative team could have done different, but on the whole I felt it was worth reading.
I’ll admit that it has been a while since I’ve actually read the Hound of Baskervilles, so I’ve likely lost a lot of the details and thus can’t really comment on that. I did like what I saw in this adaptation, which few exceptions. The art style was perfect for this story, as it fit the mood exactly. It was creepy and dark, but it also never scarified details for the sake of the style either.
I do feel that the characters were a bit flat, and never really appealed to me during their telling. Considering how much I love many of Sherlock’s characters, this was both surprising and disappointing. I understand that they likely had to condense the story quite a bit to make it fit in a graphic novel this size, but I don’t agree with the decision to have the character development/interaction be what was cut.
I’m curious to see if the creative team will be doing more adaptations for Arthur Conan Doyle’s other works, there’s certainly plenty to choose from. I think if they change their focus just a little bit the next adaptation could be even better.