Graphic Novel Review: Moriarty Volume 1
Writer: Daniel Corey
Artwork: Anthony Diecidue
Publisher: Image Comics
(Victor Valley)–Professor James Moriarty: the archenemy to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. Referred to as the “Napoleon of Crime”, he is the flip side of the coin to the iconic detective. This book puts the spotlight directly on the nefarious mastermind, a place that he is not used to being in.
Design: This volume collects the first story arc of the book, The Dark Chamber. The collection is the standard collection trade paperback you would expect from Image Comics, which means constant quality throughout the book, some nice concept sketches at the end, and overall, your moneys worth.
Story: Sherlock Holmes is dead. There, I said it. That is how the story begins: with a Moriarty being a lost man, no longer trading blows with the now deceased detective. It has been years, and Moriarty has become a shell of the man he once was. Everything changes for him when he is approached by MI 5 to look into the disappearance of Holmes’s brother, Mycroft.
This sets everything in motion: from that moment, we get to see how good the professor really is. On his quest, he comes across a new crime figure, a chamber that holds a terrible purpose, a mysterious woman and more as he constantly chases his “dragon”. From his fighting to his way of thinking multiple steps ahead of those around him, it is no wonder this man constantly foiled the popular detective. Writer Daniel Corey shows his love and understanding of the character, crafting an excellent entrance for Moriarty into the world of graphic novels.
Art: Anthony Diecidue handles the art chores on the interior and on the covers, which is quite impressive. The cover image on this collection has a silhouette of Holmes in the back, with the sinister doctor front and center. The cover is what drew me in to purchasing the collection, which I am glad I did. The interior art brings more of the same from the cover: very iconic, stark images, sometimes offered in a scratchy manner. Moriarty, to me, has never looked cooler, and yet evil at the same time.
Overall: I am not going to lie: I am not a huge Sherlock Holmes fan. Sure, I know who he is, I know who Watson is, I know what made him stand out in literature, I was just never a die-hard fan. After reading Moriarty, I felt drawn into the world of Holmes, and I wanted to know more. Not more as in reading the books, but more as in wanting more of this world through the eyes of this creative team. Highly Recommended, I give Moriarty Volume 1 a ***** out of 5.