Today brings the release of The Baker Street Peculiars from KaBOOM! Written by Roger Langridge, with art by Andy Hirsch, this tale takes place in 1930s London. What's the problem? Giant stone lion statues are coming to life, messing up the city. Who's there to solve the mystery? Well, it would appear to be Sherlock Holmes. But in this comic, Holmes doesn't actually exist; he is a fictional character created by housekeeper Mrs. Hudson, who has been the real detective all along, writing Holmes' adventures under the pen name of John Watson and running around the city in disguise. With an overwhelmed caseload she'll need help. Luckily for her, there are three young adults eager to jump at the opportunity to work with "Sherlock."
I came across this comic by accident to be honest. I often browse what's releasing from BOOM! Studios, because I tend to like the titles. This was an unexpected surprise for me this week. When I picked it up, I was immediately reminded of the art style in Fiction Squad, which was done by Ramon Bachs. It's more on the rougher, gloomy color scheme side of things. There's nothing too fairytale-esque in this comic. While there are possessed statues running around town, everything else seems pretty normal. I found the three main characters to be intriguing, each one of them possessing a specific set of qualities that set them apart. It was a light, funny read with a nice bit of mystery interweaved throughout. I'm happy I discovered it, and I look forward to reading the next issue.
Be sure to pick up The Baker Street Peculiars today. It's a limited four-issue series.