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A Study in Emerald

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  1,733 ratings  ·  283 reviews
This supernatural mystery set in the world of Sherlock Holmes and Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos features a brilliant detective and his partner as they try to solve a horrific murder.

The complex investigation takes the Baker Street investigators from the slums of Whitechapel all the way to the Queen's Palace as they attempt to find the answers to this bizarre murder of cosmic
Hardcover, Graphic Novel, 88 pages
Published June 27th 2018 by Dark Horse Books
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Kian Alvane I'd say yes, it is. It isn't graphic or vulgar, the old timey language can be a turnoff for a younger reader, but the story is worth it.

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Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sherlock + Cthulhu = A Study in Emerald.


I went into it knowing that it was some sort of Doyle/Lovecraft mash-up, but that was about it. I had no idea what Gaiman was trying to pull off as far as plot goes, and I'm glad I didn't. Because while this was exactly what it purported to be, it was also quite a bit different than I was expecting.


A detective with uncanny skills and his war hero roommate set out to solve a royal murder in London.
Yeah, that sounds like a Sherlock Holmes story, right?


But th
Sean Gibson
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Forget Pokémon—it’s my mission in life to catch all Holmesian graphic novels, particularly those that are not adaptations of canonical stories, but rather additions to it (bonus points if the art is so stellar that I can get completely immersed in Victorian London or if there are supernatural overtones (or even just a hint of the supernatural, a la Hound of the Baskervilles)).

(Another reason to say forget Pokémon? Squirtle. I mean, come on—someone was either intentionally trying to coin a term
Jan 03, 2019 rated it liked it
شرلوک هلمز در مقابل کثولهو

داستان در دنیایی موازی می گذره. در دنیایی که هیولاهای باستانی، هفتصد سال قبل برگشتن و جهان آدم ها رو تسخیر کردن و بر آدم ها حکومت می کنن.

ماجرا از زمانی شروع میشه که یه جنگجوی جنگ افغانستان به لندن بر می گرده و در جستجوی همخونه، با یه کارآگاه هوشمند مواجه میشه: شروع آشنای داستان اتود در قرمز لاکی. بازرس لستراد به سراغ کارآگاه میاد و برای قتل فجیع یکی از هیولاها که خاندان اشراف سلطنتی انگلیس رو تشکیل میدن، کمک می خواد.

بعد دیگه شیوه های آشنای هلمزه، استنتاج ها و حدس های هو
I didn't know anything about this before reading it. It's a good way to read this one as the surprises are enjoyable. This seems loosely based on the Sherlock Holmes story 'a Study in Scarlet'. It is then blended with H P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu, which I still need to read. It turns into something of it's own. I don't know that Neil uses Watson or Holmes. They are called the Major and the Detective, I believe. It is at Baker's street.

There is a mystery and there is surprise. Neil has such a gift f
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
An adaptation of Neil Gaiman's short story from a Sherlock Holmes anthology. It mashs up Doyle's and Lovecraft's most popular creations. The art is wonderfully moody, giving London a spooky, foggy vibe. I didn't see the twist coming at all, although I would say it could have been delivered a bit clearer. Even when I saw there would be a twist, the art didn't make it clear that it had happened, leaving too much to be inferred.
پنج از پنج بدون کوچکترین تردید.
داستان عالی بود. گیمن به اندازه کافی حقه تو آستینش داشت که تا آخر داستان بتونه شگفتزدهم کنه. البته بهتره قبلش یه آشنایی کمی (حتی خیلی کم) با شرلوک هلمز و کوتولهو داشته باشید.
نقاشیها و مسائل فنی کمیک هم خوب و بینقص بودن. هیچجا رشته روایت از دستتون در نمیرفت یا نقاشی گنگ نمیشدن. هیچ مشکلی به لحاظ خشونت عریان یا مسائل اخلاقی دیگه نداشت و همه چیزش استاندارد بود.
یه کمیک باید چی داشته باشه که بهش پنج بدم؟
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
"A Study In Emerald" is Neil Gaiman's take on mashing together the worlds of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and H.P. Lovecraft. He does a great job with it.

Imagine a Sherlock Holmes story set in a Lovecraftian Cthulhu world. Gaiman nails the setting and the story perfectly, blending it well into the "Victorian Age" timeline where the mankind had lost to the Old Ones and the reigning monarchs of Europe and the world are all Old Ones. So we see our characters go through and solve a case in the typical Hol
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics-other
4.5 stars.
An excellent adaptation of the seminal Neil Gaiman story that fuses Sherlock Holmes and the Cthulhu Mythos.
Trang Tran (Bookidote)
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Full review here
I always loved reading graphic novels and I noticed that one of the challenges in this medium is to convey an original story while having a clear storyline in just a few pages. Neil Gaiman, Rafael Alburerque and company did just that. They manage to set up the world building in a Lovecraftian way but keep all the Sherlock Holmes references at the same time. The perfect pastiche. A Study in Emerald is foreshadowing The Study In Scarlet by Conan Doyle. The dialogue is funny, enter
Katie (Lost in Pages)
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I want to start by saying that I know nothing when it comes to Lovecraft. I'm aware that there's a green, octopus-looking creature called the "cthulhu" that lives in the ocean, and that's literally the extent of my knowledge. I've always been intrigued by his stories, but I've never read any of them.

Sherlock Holmes, on the other hand, I know quite a lot about. Without having read any of the actual books, I know a good deal because of adaptations I've seen — Benedict Cumberbatch and the BBC adapt
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a very good adaptation of Gaiman's Doyle/Lovecraft crossover story. It does a very good job of presenting a complex plot in a short graphic format, and presenting an alternate world without too much explanation. I didn't love the art, but it presented the story serviceably. It's well worth seeking out, especially for those who've not read the prose version. Surprises abound, because things aren't what they seem.
The Story Girl
Recently while listening to a podcast, I discovered that Neil Gaiman had written a re-telling, or pastiche, of one of the Sherlock Holmes’ stories, “A Study in Scarlet.” It can be found online for free here, and this version is actually printed like an actual newspaper with ads and all. However, there are other versions as well: a graphic novel, an audiobook, the version found in Shadows Over Baker Street where it was first found, and Amazon has it as an ebook that’s listed as 80 pages long? And ...more
Rod Brown
Aug 05, 2018 rated it liked it
I was about to give up on these Dark Horse adaptations of Neil Gaiman short stories, but the pretty good mash-up of Sherlock Holmes and H.P. Lovecraft in this volume means I'll have to keep checking them out. The little twist at the end actually caught me off guard and elevated the story considerably.
Jamie Connolly
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really good. But this the only volume or is there going to be more stories set in this world. The whole thing was really good but I wish it had gone on longer. 5 stars.
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
A Study in Emerald is a love story to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and H.P. Lovecraft. It’s a beautiful collision of styles that creates an incredibly atmospheric and engaging mystery. It combines the best aspects of Doyle’s mysteries and Lovecraft’s horror making A Study in Emerald one graphic novel not to be missed.

The dialogue and narration throughout are funny and informative. There isn’t a moment of useless dialogue throughout, which makes reading quick and unforgettable. The dialogue is so well
Venus Maneater
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Absolutely wonderful, I just wish it was longer. The worldbuilding is amazing and I need more stories in this world.

Sherlock Holmes meets The Old Ones. An Eldritch Mystery, but not in the way you would expect it.

The art is amazing, I love all the gentle tells and facial expressions. It is haunting when it needs to be haunting, satirical in the best way.

I want more.
The Enchanted Library
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Such a wonderful idea
Love this kind of crossover!
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Issuing a pricy hardcover for what amounts to a 64 page special after you remove the sketches, faux Victorian ads, and multiple blank pages used as chapter breaks is a blatant cash-in on Gaiman's name, and a shoddy one at that. Many panels uses watercolor washes in place of background art, so characters appear to be floating in space. Worst of all, the twist from the original story is handled so poorly only part of it lands. (view spoiler) ...more
Aug 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I think I missed something. I enjoyed reading it but then felt confused at the end. I don't really know my Lovecraft, so I think that could have been my downfall.
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Puh, eine schwere Entscheidung, konkret: 4,5 Sterne
Kann sehr leicht sein, dass ein nochmaliges Lesen das Ergebnis eines Tages nach oben korrigiert.

Also ...

... die Welten von Doyle & Lovecraft wurden in der Vergangenheit des Öfteren miteinander vermischt. Dies bietet sich nicht nur alleine wegen der damaligen zeitlichen Überschneidung an, sondern weil auch beide in diesem teils fantastisch-spannenden Milieu unterwegs waren. Geheimnisvoll und blutig, der eine mehr, der andere weniger. Spannen
Jan 13, 2019 rated it liked it
As a standalone, this issue wasn't really compelling, it lacked something I cannot yet determine. Being a huge fan of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle , Neil Gaiman and of course H.P. Lovecraft (even if I haven't read my Cthulhu yet, yeah I know, shame) I was really excited for this read but it turned out just OK.

The story isn't a re-telling, it picked up a study in scarlet almost word by word. Ok, this should've been a problem, but it wasn't, the author was pretty creative, including the Cthulhu world in
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nicely illustrated version of the Neil Gaiman story.
Bülent Özgün
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Oct 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Kind of a lesser effort by Gaiman. Can't help but feel like the adaptation script must have left a few things out--this is a pretty choppy read that doesn't really flow very smoothly. Nice twist at the end (I wasn't expecting that), but otherwise not the greatest.
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I want to live in Neil Gaiman's head for a day. He has such an incredible imagination! I loved this story and enjoyed the art as well.
Nov 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Another Lovecraftian type story....was okay.
Eℓℓis ♥
Letto nella versione non illustrata uscita nel 2007.
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Let’s just all agree that it’s silly to give a five star book 4 stars just because you are bitter that it’s not longer.

DeAnna Knippling
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
The Great Detective searches for a murderer, in this alternate Victorian and Mythos-based universe.

I read this before as a short story and enjoyed it, so I wasn't unaware of the twist--but I think it's more effective here, in the graphic novel. Well done.
Cassie Burris
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Better than most like it. I would read more
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We Read Stuff: A Study in Emerald - November 2018 1 4 Nov 01, 2018 02:51AM  
“She was called Victoria, because she had beaten us in battle, seven hundred years before, and she was called Gloriana, because she was glorious, and she was called the Queen, because the human mouth was not shaped to say her true name. She was huge, huger than I had imagined possible, and she squatted in the shadows staring down at us, without moving.” 0 likes
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