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A Scandal in Bohemia - A Sherlock Holmes Graphic Novel PDF, ePub eBook The detective Sherlock Holmes investigates The Scandal in Bohemia. In this comic adaptation Sherlock Holmes solves a number of intertwined cases including The Speckled Band. This is the English translation of the original work in Czech, which was voted comic book of the year 2013. It s the first of four Sherlock Holmes graphic novels by Petr Kopl.

30 review for A Scandal in Bohemia - A Sherlock Holmes Graphic Novel

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rose

    I've read a handful of Sherlock Holmes comic book runs and graphic novel collections, and I was starting to wonder if there was something inherent about the character of Holmes that makes his existence untenable in the comic book format. I doubted very much, of course, that this was the case -- if ever a character was ubiquitous, it's Sherlock Holmes, so I was hard-pressed to buy the idea that there was some medium he simply wasn't suited for. And yet every time I picked up a comic book featurin I've read a handful of Sherlock Holmes comic book runs and graphic novel collections, and I was starting to wonder if there was something inherent about the character of Holmes that makes his existence untenable in the comic book format. I doubted very much, of course, that this was the case -- if ever a character was ubiquitous, it's Sherlock Holmes, so I was hard-pressed to buy the idea that there was some medium he simply wasn't suited for. And yet every time I picked up a comic book featuring the character, something about it fell flat. Until I got to Petr Kopl's "A Scandal in Bohemia." It's basically perfect. Kopl is a Czech artist who has created a series of comic books adaptations (at least six, but there may be more) of various Victorian-Era-ish classics, including Dracula, The Lost World, and, yes, three Sherlock Holmes collections, of which this was the first. (I am waiting for the translation of the third, an adaptation of "The Final Problem," like Christmas.) Kopl's "A Scandal in Bohemia" weaves together the events of Conan Doyle's original Irene Adler tale with the events of the other Conan Doyle Holmes story, "The Speckled Band." It's a solid marriage, too, given that the client of "Speckled Band," Helen Stoner, is one of the more developed and courageous of Holmes's female clients, and Kopl uses the two stories to bring two of the Holmes Canon's best female characters to the forefront. But I've read those two stories before, so a hollow adaptation that hits all the plot points but fails to make the characters come alive would've been of little interest to me. Luckily, that never happens. Too much is incredible here: the original style of the artwork (somewhere between caricature and cartoon), the cameos of various Victorian Lit characters (Mr. Hyde and Frankenstein's Creature, to name a few), and the absolute hilarity of the comic. I laughed out loud on more than one occasion. Kopl's got a powerful flair for humor; he adds in little exchanges between characters and facial expressions and so forth that are positively hilarious, all the more so if you are previously acquainted with the characters of Watson and Holmes. (The scene with the "flower lady" at the train station was beautiful. BEAUTIFUL.) As a Sherlockian who originally came to the character and stories via Robert Downey Jr's interpretation, the humor and heart between our two star characters here is exactly what I look for in my Sherlock Holmes interpretations. This was, simply put, a joy to read. There were also some delightful plot twists -- and I do mean _twists_, as Kopl takes the original two tales and injects them with action sequences and outside characters to weave a compelling interpretation. I'm a sucker for keeping the characterization of the original stories intact, but I'm quite happy to see variations on the actual plot points (it keeps things interesting!), so the surprising directions were as enjoying as they were, well, surprising. All in all, a delightfully fun ride. Can't wait to dive into Volume 2!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tanz the Fluorescent Adolescent

    I was given this graphic novel and made to read it in order to check if it's appropriate for younger secondary school students (it's not). However, it didn't feel like a boring task to me because this graphic novel was a great, fast-paced, beautifully drawn comic book. I've read comic books before but they haven't made me buy into a franchise/series before but now I think I need to start reading the actual Sherlock Holmes novels and begin finishing off my stack of 19th century classics because I I was given this graphic novel and made to read it in order to check if it's appropriate for younger secondary school students (it's not). However, it didn't feel like a boring task to me because this graphic novel was a great, fast-paced, beautifully drawn comic book. I've read comic books before but they haven't made me buy into a franchise/series before but now I think I need to start reading the actual Sherlock Holmes novels and begin finishing off my stack of 19th century classics because I cannot truly call myself a goth until I've actually read some of the original gothics.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cori DeVerse

    This was fun, the art was interesting and colorful. I plan to read the rest in his series of graphic novels.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Šimon Hlaváč

    Very good.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ben Cardall

    This is the first none educational book I’ve read and wanted to review, but believe me when i say i was and still am, bowled over by it completely! it is sheerly magnificent! Not much of a review so far but i had to get that off my chest. The first thing that strikes me about this when opening the first couple of pages pf the book is the artwork, it simply sizzles! With each page that goes by it conforms to everything we know and love about graphic novels. When i first encountered the possibility This is the first none educational book I’ve read and wanted to review, but believe me when i say i was and still am, bowled over by it completely! it is sheerly magnificent! Not much of a review so far but i had to get that off my chest. The first thing that strikes me about this when opening the first couple of pages pf the book is the artwork, it simply sizzles! With each page that goes by it conforms to everything we know and love about graphic novels. When i first encountered the possibility of a Sherlock Holmes Graphic novel, i was admittedly dubious to see how it would transpire but let me tell you that i was totally and completely wrong. The title tale is blended with the infamous fracas with Dr. Grimsby Roylott in The Adventure of the Speckled Band. When this is considered you would expect some vital elements to be left out in order that the story not be drawn out but everything is there. The alluring and manipulative nature of Irene Adler, the poker bending battle, the actual speckled band itself, the list goes on. You would expect that with a graphic novel that something would have to be sensationalized to such a degree that it would stand out, especially when you consider the scientific nature of the original source. However, any literary devices that were sprinkled with a touch of glamour only served to further accentuate the rapier like intellect that Sherlock Holmes was able to wield or, the friendly banter between Watson and Holmes, the fierce nature of Roylott or the fierce and gaunt nature of the women he oppressed! An absolute joy from start to finish! Perfectly capturing the towering size and strength of Roylott and the feminine wyles of Miss Adler, as well as all of the distinctive features of Holmes himself. Set against such vibrant backdrops, and epic action scenes, quirky and current (of the time) dialogue. Even making reference to the escapades of Phileas Fogg in Jules Vernes classic, set around the same time. This is just an incredibly entertaining and vibrant read that stays completely true to and fond of the source material. It is 1 of 4 and I for one will be hunting down the rest with verve! Mr. Kopl is completely deserved of all his rewards! Kudos sir! Best wishes Ben

  6. 5 out of 5

    Philip Jones

    This is a different book than most English-speaking Sherlockians are accustomed to. First, it has been translated from Czech. Next, it is a graphic version of SCAN, but it also includes SPEC as if it occurred intertwined with events in SCAN. Finally, it also includes additional material. In most cases, the additional material comes as a bit of a surprise. The appearances of Dorian Grey and Mr. Hyde in SCAN may give some indication of the things in store for the reader. This book is the fourth in This is a different book than most English-speaking Sherlockians are accustomed to. First, it has been translated from Czech. Next, it is a graphic version of SCAN, but it also includes SPEC as if it occurred intertwined with events in SCAN. Finally, it also includes additional material. In most cases, the additional material comes as a bit of a surprise. The appearances of Dorian Grey and Mr. Hyde in SCAN may give some indication of the things in store for the reader. This book is the fourth in time-sequence of ten or eleven graphic novels produced by the author. I am not sure how many will be published in English nor in what sequence other items will appear. I’m also not sure how many involve Sherlock Holmes although I expect he will appear in at least five and, perhaps, in six. In any case, these books are not published for children. Adult subjects and illustrations appear and the graphics are well done and interesting. All-in-all, they are presented much better than most comic books I have seen. Readers should be prepared to be surprised. The general story lines follow those in the Canonical Tales, but the difference is in the details. It is never quite clear, in this single installment, who bears which relation to whom. Irene Adler is certainly a major player, but who she works for and who is opposing her for which reasons are not at all clear. One almost gets the feeling that Sherlock is a bit-player in a play that stars others. The artwork is quite individual and is very well-done. The story line is left open and presents more questions than answers. I sincerely hope that later additions to the series will provide a few answers and resolve some of the puzzles. The author’s “take” on Sherlock Holmes is certainly unique and this presentation of two of the Canonical short stories is both unique and fascinating. This is truly an interesting “read.” Reviewed by: Philip K. Jones, October, 2014

  7. 4 out of 5

    Radovan

    Doba je hektická a v posledných mesiacoch mi na komiks moc času nezostávalo. Našťastie je obdobie leta, uvoľnenia vzťahov a čas teplých letných nocí spríjemnených listovaním stránok plných farebných obrázkov. Najprv sa v dvoch krátkych recenziách vrátim k starším počinom Petra Kopla, ktoré znovu rozvíjajú temný viktoriánsky svet VICTORIA REGINA. Začnime hrdinom, ktorý má v tomto svet už dva príbehy - Sherlockom Holmesom. Jedna z mojich najobľúbenejších holmesoviek, pojednáva o politickom škandál Doba je hektická a v posledných mesiacoch mi na komiks moc času nezostávalo. Našťastie je obdobie leta, uvoľnenia vzťahov a čas teplých letných nocí spríjemnených listovaním stránok plných farebných obrázkov. Najprv sa v dvoch krátkych recenziách vrátim k starším počinom Petra Kopla, ktoré znovu rozvíjajú temný viktoriánsky svet VICTORIA REGINA. Začnime hrdinom, ktorý má v tomto svet už dva príbehy - Sherlockom Holmesom. Jedna z mojich najobľúbenejších holmesoviek, pojednáva o politickom škandále spätom s našimi končinami (keď som príbeh v prevedení pre mladého čitateľa, s ilustráciami Adolfa Borna čítal na základnej škole, boli sme ešte súčasťou Československa) dostala ľúbivý, typicky KOPLOVSKÝ cartooningový šat a ja som zaň vďačný. Autor znovu trochu ďalej posunul svoje výtvarné schopnosti, jeho výtvarný štýl mi príde ešte dynamickejší, prepracovanejší a schopnosť navodiť atmosféru pre konkrétne scény ešte presvedčivejšia. Vymazlené 'akvarelové sépie', úžasné atmosférické nočné obrazy, scény zahŕňajúce budovy dostali ešte prirodzenejší a prepracovanejší vizuál. Po výtvarnej stránke sa Škandál zaradil medzi moje najobľúbenejšie KOPLOVKY, dalo by sa povedať, že český komiksový orgazmus na druhú. A nebol by to Petr KOPL, keby skrz hlavnú dejovú líniu nepopreplietal ďalšie dejové vsuvky z iných románov. Stretneme sa tu tak nielen s Holmesom a Watsonom, ale aj Frankensteinovo monštrum, či nemenej monštrózneho Mr. Hydea - presne tak, ako by sme vo svete Victoria Regina očakávali. Taktiež nesmú chýbať 'zaručene zaručené' bonusy dopĺňajúce Koplovo mystické a mystifikačné viktoriánske univerzum. Punc kvality dodáva príhovor Aleša Kolodrubca, prezidenta Českej spoločnosti Sherlocka Holmesa a člena rady zahraničných holmesovských spoločností. Suma sumárum - Škadál v Čechách je ďalším precízne vybrúseným diamantom na kráľovskej korune menom Victoria Regina. Pane Kopl, obrovský potlesk a díky!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Dale

    Refreshing and Delightful! My thanks to Steve and Timi at MC Publishing for my copy of this book. May all your days be filled with Holmes! Pter Kopl’s graphic interpretation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s A Scandal in Bohemia is a lot more than just taking the story and turning it into a comic book. Petr Kopl has raised the bar by which others will be measured in their own graphic novels adapting adventures or telling new adventures of Sherlock Holmes. First there is the exaggerated drawing style of t Refreshing and Delightful! My thanks to Steve and Timi at MC Publishing for my copy of this book. May all your days be filled with Holmes! Pter Kopl’s graphic interpretation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s A Scandal in Bohemia is a lot more than just taking the story and turning it into a comic book. Petr Kopl has raised the bar by which others will be measured in their own graphic novels adapting adventures or telling new adventures of Sherlock Holmes. First there is the exaggerated drawing style of the artwork. It gives the story humor without changing the actual adventure. Then there is the temperament of the characters. For example, Mrs. Hudson is always described in the canon as “long-suffering.” Not so in this work. She has a temper, shows a lot of sarcasm, and is always threatening to tell our heroes to move out! Also there is a combination of adventures, The Speckled Band being told as part of this story. There is a shot of a bearded guy chasing a woman on a bicycle as the train passes… There are cameos throughout, featuring such well known characters as Mr. Hyde and the Frankenstein Monster. Look for a subtle twist right at the end that is sublime! I give this Graphic Novel fives stars! Quoth the Raven…

  9. 4 out of 5

    Louise

    This is a brilliantly enjoyable illustrated adaptation which in fact combines a couple of Sherlock Holmes stories. I will confess to not having read the originals so I can't really compare the content (although I am sure that, as a graphic novel, it has necessarily been shortened). I thought the illustrations were fantastic though, and the story moved along really well, and I loved the little snippets and allusions to other stories and literary characters from the period, as though the book is s This is a brilliantly enjoyable illustrated adaptation which in fact combines a couple of Sherlock Holmes stories. I will confess to not having read the originals so I can't really compare the content (although I am sure that, as a graphic novel, it has necessarily been shortened). I thought the illustrations were fantastic though, and the story moved along really well, and I loved the little snippets and allusions to other stories and literary characters from the period, as though the book is set in some kind of alternate London where not only Holmes and Watson, but all literary creations are in fact real and living out their own stories at the same time. The book also contains - in the introduction and at the end of the book - some interesting details about the origins of this adaptation, some thoughts on Sherlock Holmes as a character and other interesting little snippets. Overall very enjoyable, I hope some of Petr Kopl's other work will also be adapted into English so we can enjoy more of it!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Petr Čapek

    Pro fanoušky osobitého Koplova stylu je Skandál v Čechách jasnou volbou. A dovolím si říct, že snad ani ostatní komiksový nadšenci nebudou z tohoto kousku zklamáni. Jedná se o zajímavou jednohubku, která zpříjemní odpoledne. Každopádně doporučuji se poohlédnout i po dalších Koplových komiksech z této série, díky tomu získáte ucelený obraz a zajímavě propletené příběhy, které spolu na první pohled nesouvisí, ale v Koplově podání dostávají nový a zajímavý rozměr. pcapek.blogspot.cz/2014/02/petr-kop Pro fanoušky osobitého Koplova stylu je Skandál v Čechách jasnou volbou. A dovolím si říct, že snad ani ostatní komiksový nadšenci nebudou z tohoto kousku zklamáni. Jedná se o zajímavou jednohubku, která zpříjemní odpoledne. Každopádně doporučuji se poohlédnout i po dalších Koplových komiksech z této série, díky tomu získáte ucelený obraz a zajímavě propletené příběhy, které spolu na první pohled nesouvisí, ale v Koplově podání dostávají nový a zajímavý rozměr. pcapek.blogspot.cz/2014/02/petr-kopl-...

  11. 5 out of 5

    Riju Ganguly

    One of the best pastiches of the canon, and undoubtedly one of the finest graphic novels of our time, this is one book that you really shouldn't miss! Yes, the steampunk tendencies of introducing crossovers (from other classic works) are there. So is a rather prominent influence of the BBC Sherlock (the canon of our times, for all practical purposes). But the fusion of all these elements with two of the greatest adventures of the great detective, with liberal sprinkling of humour, make this book One of the best pastiches of the canon, and undoubtedly one of the finest graphic novels of our time, this is one book that you really shouldn't miss! Yes, the steampunk tendencies of introducing crossovers (from other classic works) are there. So is a rather prominent influence of the BBC Sherlock (the canon of our times, for all practical purposes). But the fusion of all these elements with two of the greatest adventures of the great detective, with liberal sprinkling of humour, make this book truly special. HHighly Recommended.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Leanna Wheatley

    Sherlock Holmes investigates The Scandal in Bohemia. He comes to realize that he was out smarted by a WOMAN! A very good & partly funny interpretation of this classical story.I thought the illustrations were fantastic though, and the story moved along really well. I would recommend to YA that are having a rough time focusing through a lengthy novel. It is a fast read and the illustrations are just amazing. I haven't read too many graphic novels but really enjoyed this one.

  13. 4 out of 5

    j_ay

    Very fun, although I'd rather just see a straight-up ACDoyle adaption rather than melding Frankenstein's monster (and others) into the story. Some really nice cartooning, but the digital colours are a too overbearing. And far, far to many "oh my god"s in the text. Unnecessary. And meaningless.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rob

    I read this as part of a reading challenge which included a "graphic novel". I must say, not really my cup of tea. I did, however, find myself impressed with the amount of work that went into the plethora of images required for the book. That said, I didn't appreciate the art style, the reading style, nor the way the story was conveyed.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Vojtěch

    Není to úplně top, ale 4,5 hvězdy si to zaslouží určitě, zaokrouhluji na 5! :) RECENZE: http://knizni-kukatko.blogspot.cz/201...

  16. 4 out of 5

    Bookkitten (collector of nice things)

    Read this one somewhere before the New Year... A very good & partly funny interpretation of this classical story.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lukáš

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kit Holmes

  19. 5 out of 5

    Katerina

  20. 4 out of 5

    Elroy

  21. 4 out of 5

    Olga Zbranek Biernátová

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jana Kilianová

  23. 4 out of 5

    Anika Eibe

  24. 4 out of 5

    Maggie Nambot (macarons & paperbacks)

  25. 5 out of 5

    David Ruffle

  26. 5 out of 5

    Veronika

  27. 5 out of 5

    Henry Harding

  28. 4 out of 5

    Hellblazer

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kenn

  30. 4 out of 5

    Michael Wilkinson

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