Leah Moore and John Reppion back on the case with Sherlock Holmes: The Vanishing Man

Sherlock Holmes: The Vanishing Man

Nine years after Leah Moore and John Reppion‘s first Sherlock Holmes series arrived on comic shop shelves, the dynamic writing duo are back at US publisher Dynamite Entertainment, writing a brand new mystery –Sherlock Holmes: The Vanishing Man.

Dynamite continue their exploration of a literary icon – and pop culture sensation – with Sherlock Holmes: The Vanishing Man, a new series written by Leah and John, illustrated by rising talent Julius Ohta, and featuring cover artwork by superstar artist John Cassaday (Astonishing X-Men, Star Wars).

Leah Moore and John Reppion are a husband-and-wife writing team based in Liverpool. Scripting comics together since 2003, the duo have written for the likes of 2000AD, Dark Horse, DC Comics, Dynamite, and IDW. They have written established characters such as Doctor Who and Sherlock Holmes (The Trial of Sherlock Holmes, The Liverpool Demon), as well as creating their own.

Together, they have faithfully adapted notable works by Lewis Carroll, H. P. Lovecraft, Bram Stoker, and M. R. James into comics and graphic novels. In addition, Moore and Reppion were consulting writers for Frogwares Games’ multi-platform adventure, Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments.

“Sherlock Holmes is just such a great character and the world he inhabits is such a rich one,” say Leah and John in a joint statement. “Even in the original stories, Arthur Conan Doyle was always hinting at all these other, as-yet-unrecorded adventures which he and Dr. Watson had already had. To be able to fill in some of those gaps with our own stories is a huge privilege, but also loads of fun

“Julius Ohta is doing a fantastic job bringing the fog, grime, and blood, of Victorian London to the page.”

Sherlock Holmes: The Vanishing Man #1 introduces the curious case of Michael Williams, a reliable man at both work and home, who disappears without a trace from foggy old London Town. The famous consulting detective and his faithful companion Dr. Watson investigate, only to discover new dangers lurking around every corner!

The Vanishing Man is a mystery a bit more in line with the Strand Magazine short stories which were collected in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes,” say Moore and Reppion. “As ever, part of the fun is tying the whole thing into the existing Holmes chronology; working out which of the original stories comes before and after, and exactly what’s going in Holmes’ life and world at that time. We’ve always tried to stick to Arthur Conan Doyle’s version of Holmes as closely as possible.”

“Everyone loves a good mystery, and Leah and John are two of the best at crafting them,” says Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher at Dynamite. “They launched our Sherlock Holmes brand in 2009 to critical acclaim (just as they did with our adaptations of Alice in Wonderland and Dracula), and we are eager to pour over their scripts for clues to the latest caper.

“Add newcomer Julius Ohta as an accomplice and that beloved scalawag John Cassaday into the mix, and you have all the ingredients for a wild romp through Victorian England!”

Sherlock Holmes: The Vanishing Man #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ March Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in May. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies with their local comic book retailers. Sherlock Holmes will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms, courtesy of Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, Madefire, and Dark Horse Digital

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", working as a freelance editor, as Creative Consultant on the new Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years. His credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel UK and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines. He also edited STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics, including Team M.O.B.I.L.E. and The Beatles Story. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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