PREVIEW & MINI-REVIEW OF KID SHERLOCK #1
KID SHERLOCK #1
Writer(s): Justin Phillips
Artist Name(s): Sean Miller (Pencils), Lesley Atlansky (Colors)
Cover Artist(s): Sean Miller (Covers A), Dennis Culver (Cover B – Limited to 1500 copies)
John Watson doesn’t feel like he really fits in as the new student at Baker Elementary. If it wasn’t bad enough being the only dog, it seems he has already gained the attention of the class bully, Kyle. Out in the play yard, Watson feels even more alone until he meets a young boy named Sherlock Holmes. While quite clever, Sherlock is often so lost in his own thoughts that he is oblivious to the people around him. However, when Watson shows an interest in Sherlock’s work it sparks the beginning of an adventure Sherlock never expected: friendship. Their first mission, identify the bad smell that has been afflicting their classroom. 32 pgs./ E / FC $3.99
I couldn’t wait for KID SHERLOCK #1 to come out after seeing the cover and publisher description. Watson is a dog; Sherlock is an outcast nerd; Ms. Hudson is their teacher; and Mr. Lestrade is their principal at Baker Elementary School. Watson is a new student and bullied immediately. Fortunately, Sherlock’s quirks and penchant for observation, experiments, and also being bullied lead the way to them becoming fast friends. Watson comes onto the scene in the midst of an investigation about a funky smell that’s not present in the school all the time so the staff hasn’t been able to solve the problem. Of course, Sherlock does and gets a little revenge in the process. I hope more female and minority characters are added soon.
KID SHERLOCK #1 is everything you want an all-ages comic. After the colorful pages and easy-to-follow lettering, there are bonuses. There’s a cute one-page story of the duo; then there are puzzles. Perhaps the coolest part of the back matter is the How To Draw Sherlock and Watson pages with steps on how making a comic comes together from sketching to inking and colors to the final pieces. Included at the end is fan art which I hope to see plenty of in upcoming issues.