Victorian Undead: Sherlock Holmes vs. Zombies
by Ian Edginton, Davide Fabbri (WildStorm, 2010)

Zombies, supplanting vampires in popularity these days, are cropping up everywhere. It's no surprise they are now appearing in Victorian London, always a ripe setting for creepy violence.

Victorian Undead: Sherlock Holmes vs. Zombies gives readers much of what they seek: a brave and analytical detective, his stalwart friend by his side, with the fate of England resting on his shoulders. Art by Davide Fabbri is crisp and clean and suitably gore-streaked. And the story by Ian Edginton is ... well, it's pretty good.

The success of this story depends largely on what readers expect. If you're looking for a good zombie yarn in Victorian England, well, tally-ho, matey, you'll find it here. But, while Edginton gives Sherlock (along with his brother, Mycroft) a worthy foe with whom to match wits, the story lacks the depth of analytical logic many fans will expect from a Holmsian story.

Shortcomings aside, I enjoyed the book. Unless you're a complete purist on the subject, you probably will, too.

review by
Tom Knapp

18 December 2010

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