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Moriarty #7
Writer: Daniel Corey / Artists: Mike Vosburg (pages 2 - 21) & Anthony Diecidue (pages 1, 22)

 

Review Information

Reviewer: Andrew Rubio
Review Date: December 2011

Comic Information

Publisher: Image Comics

8.0

out of 10

 

Back in Junior High, I was quite the Sherlock Holmes fan.  I had read all the Arthur Conan Doyle stories; picked up a plethora of stories and novels written by others (some of my favorites include "The Holmes-Dracula File" by Fred Saberhagen and "The Seven-Per-Cent Solution" by director Nicholas Meyer); and watched tons of Holmes movies and television series (including the Granada Television version staring the amazing Jeremy Brett).  It's easy to admit that I was a Holmes junkie.  As time passed however, I found myself drifting away from the character and spending more time with another British import (Doctor Who).  The older I get, the less I remember of the stories I read as a teenager. Such is life. 

As I started reading Moriarty #7, I was immediately taken back to my youth.  Writer Daniel Corey has a real grasp on what a young Moriarty should sound and act like - Brash, intelligent and dangerous.  He's at least three to four steps ahead of you before you even enter the room.   

We join the story at Chapter 3 of The Lazarus Tree story arc.  It's a perfect jumping on point for a new reader, as the entire issue is a flashback to the young professor's life.  In the flashback, Moriarty is already well on his way to becoming the "Napoleon of Crime."  The Professor attempts to employee a young student to take over the operation of his Bombay office.  When the student refuses because of an obligation to his father, Moriarty begins a ruthless operation that will eventually change the student's mind. 

The way Corey writes each scene is perfection.  Moriarty's character is impertinent and despite the odds against him, he remains in control of the situation.  It was a joy to read as the plot played out to the bitter end. 

How the flashback plays against the current story arc isn't covered in this issue outside of the student's involvement.  I'm sure there are more details in the previous issues.  

In the art department, Mike Vosburg takes on the bulk of the chores.  His art fits the story well and captures the flair of the time period.  The crucial finale is layered perfectly and the panels flow without a loss in story.  His style is a mesh between Eduardo Barreto (who unfortunately just died) and Tim Truman. 

Anthony Diecidue's opening and closing pages are a bit rougher but also fit the "present" setting of the story.  It's only two pages so it's hard to mention anything else. 

I have to say I really enjoyed this issue.  I'm tempted to add this title to my Pull List and track down the previous 6 issues or the Trade Edition.  You probably should too if you like Holmes and the characters in his universe.  Professor Moriarty is treated with the respect a villain of his caliber should be treated.   

Pick it up!






 
 



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