Sherlock Holmes vs Harry Houdini 2

world’s most famous detective meets the world’s most famous magician… and
death ensues! Famed detective Sherlock Holmes and brash showman Harry Houdini
must combine forces to defeat a mysterious mystic dedicated to destroying
Houdini’s career and killing anyone who gets in his way.
Anthony Del Col
Conor McCreery
Carlos Furuzono
Aikau Oliva
Rob Steen
Dynamite Comics
Writers Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery
knew they had hit gold with the relationship dynamic between Holmes and Houdini
in issue one of this miniseries and it seems they’ve determined that will be
the main draw for the rest of it. Its no so much that the series is lacking
when the two aren’t sharing a scene, its just that when the two central
characters lock horns and verbally spar with one another it becomes a far more
entertaining comic.
Furthering the events of last issue, the duo
investigate a film studio, hoping that it may explain the appearance of the
looming face and the suicide at the end of issue 1. If nothing else, it’s an
efficient use of plot, letting it simmer in the background whilst we get to
enjoy these two larger than life personalities interacting.
It’s not all fun and frolics through- time is
taken to discuss the slightly worse aspects of both these characters. Though
it’s ultimately to show that the two are more alike than they would admit,
their traits make them quite unlikable I liked this touch a lot, as Holmes has
always been shown to have a somewhat caustic personality and from what I
gather, Houdini wasn’t friendly himself when incensed- this stops the comic
from becoming a blind tribute to the greatness of the two that ignores the
darker sides of their nature.
I haven’t taken the time to mention much of
the artwork because it’s sort of just ‘there’. The dimensions of some
characters faces seems off a lot more in this issue than the last and characters
proportions seem completely off in the odd frame or two. Now were this a more
fantastical fare I would be able to forgive it, but as it stands, the story and
the focus is on a more grounded world, so I can’t excuse it, even if Aikau
Oliva’s colours are wonderful.
All in all, it’s an issue driven more by the
frisson of the two characters clashing off one another than anything
spectacular plot or art wise. It results in some very fun dialogue, but be
prepared for some disappointment over the everything else. Well, expect the
colouring. That really is wonderful.
Cover image courtesy of Dynamite Comics

Sherlock Holmes vs Harry Houdini #2 is available from Dynamite Entertainment or your local comics retailer.

Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this comic for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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