The Baker Street Peculiars Review (graphic novel set in the world of Sherlock Holmes)

The Baker Street Peculiars is one of the first comic books / graphic novels I’ve read in a long time. I used to read a lot of Suske and Wiske (Dutch comics), but this one is very different.

The Baker Street Peculiars by Roger Langridge and Andy Hirsch

The Baker Street Peculiars is a supernatural twist on the beloved world of Sherlock Holmes.

When a giant lion statue in Trafalgar Square comes to life and wreaks havoc on 1930s London, it seems like the perfect case for the world’s most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes. With an overwhelmed caseload, however, Holmes recruits the help of three precocious young detectives-in-training (and one cunning golden retriever) to solve the mystery. Molly, Rajani, Humphrey, and Wellington (the dog) will have to work together and use all their wits if they are to uncover the truth behind the living statues and save London. But on the legendary Baker Street, nothing is as it seems and their biggest mystery might be the real identity of the famous detective who brought them together.

Written by Eisner Award winner Roger Langridge (Thor: The Mighty Avenger, Abigail and the Snowman) and illustrated by Andy Hirsch (Adventure Time, Regular Show), The Baker Street Peculiars is a heartfelt and supernatural twist on the beloved world of Sherlock Holmes.

The story is about three very different kids living in the days of Sherlock Holmes, one is an Indian girl named Rajani who grew up on the streets, Molly is a girl who has very strict grandparents, and Humphrey is a rich kid “posh boy” with a dog. Together they roam the streets of London, trying to save the city from the mysterious statues that came to life.

Andy Hirsch’s drawing style is really beautiful, it’s very cartoonish but has a grimness to it that makes the atmosphere of the story seem really 20th century. The story is funny and original, and if you like adventure you’re definitely in the right place with this book.

I loved how the story was diverse and had a strong feministic message: everybody can be a detective, even a girl. Molly was definitely my favourite character but the chemistry and struggle between the three kids made the story worthwhile. All of them were struggling with different things in life and together they made a great dynamic friendship.

I am giving this book 4 stars, because it was highly entertaining, funny and the artwork was great! I would definitely recommend this book if you like adventure and Sherlock Holmes!

*I have received this book in exchange for a honest review, this did not affect my opinions*

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