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Victorian Undead
Sherlock Holmes vs Zombies


Author: Ian Edginton
Artist: Davide Fabbri
Titan Books
RRP: £14.99, US $17.99
ISBN: 978 0 85768 051 8
Available 17 December 2010

A mixing of genres in the most epic of fashions - Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson battle a zombie outbreak that threatens to overwhelm London. In 1854, a meteor streaked across London's skies, bringing with it a zombie plague. For twenty years, Her Majesty's Secret Service kept the threat under control. But now a dastardly fiend has begun using the zombies in an attempt to overthrow the Victorian Government. Holmes and Watson must face off against their favourite foe, MI-5 and zombies at the same time...

Victorian Undead: Sherlock Holmes vs Zombies collects together volumes #1-6 of the Victorian Undead comic book series, which was originally published by Wildstorm in 2010.

Writer, Ian Edginton, certainly knows his onions when it comes to Sherlock Holmes tales, having adapted several of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's original stories (The Hound of the Baskervilles; A Study in Scarlet; The Sign of Four; and The Valley of Fear) into comic book form between 2009 and 2010.

This fact helps greatly to turn this into a much more rounded tale than I was expecting. I have to be honest and admit I was expecting a lazy, drawn out affair that was a weak Holmes tales with zombies thrown in. There seems to be a bit of trend at present to cross famous stories or genres with zombies and generally I've found them to be a little lacking in substance. Thankfully what we get here is a Holmsian tale first with a zombie twist second - and it works rather well.

The premise is simple enough. The story is set in 1850's London, and follows Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson as they battle against a zombie conspiracy. Along the way they are helped by someone they know rather well, as well as hindered by someone who they least expect.

This is certainly worth picking up if you are a Holmes fan.


Darren Rea

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