A Study in Emerald by Neil Gaiman

A Study in Emerald

This supernatural mystery set in the world of Sherlock Holmes and Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos features a brilliant detective and his partner as they try to solve a horrific murder.The complex investigation takes the Baker Street investigators from the slums of Whitechapel all the way to the Queen's Palace as they attempt to find the answers to this bizarre murder of cosmic horror!From the Hugo, Bram Stoker, Locus, World Fantasy, Nebula award-winni...

Details A Study in Emerald

TitleA Study in Emerald
Release DateJun 27th, 2018
PublisherDark Horse Books
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Mystery, Comics, Horror, Fiction

Reviews A Study in Emerald

  • Shadowdenizen
    4.5 stars.An excellent adaptation of the seminal Neil Gaiman story that fuses Sherlock Holmes and the Cthulhu Mythos.
  • Trang Tran (Bookidote)
    Full review hereI always loved reading graphic novels and I noticed that one of the challenges in this medium is to convey an original story while having a clear storyline in just a few pages. Neil Gaiman, Rafael Alburerque and company did just that. They manage to set up the world building in a Lovecraftian way but keep all the Sherlock Holmes references at the same time. The perfect pastiche. A Study in Emerald is foreshadowing The Study In Sc...
  • Katie (Lost in Pages)
    I want to start by saying that I know nothing when it comes to Lovecraft. I'm aware that there's a green, octopus-looking creature called the "cthulhu" that lives in the ocean, and that's literally the extent of my knowledge. I've always been intrigued by his stories, but I've never read any of them.Sherlock Holmes, on the other hand, I know quite a lot about. Without having read any of the actual books, I know a good deal because of adaptations ...
  • The Story Girl
    Recently while listening to a podcast, I discovered that Neil Gaiman had written a re-telling, or pastiche, of one of the Sherlock Holmes’ stories, “A Study in Scarlet.” It can be found online for free here, and this version is actually printed like an actual newspaper with ads and all. However, there are other versions as well: a graphic novel, an audiobook, the version found in Shadows Over Baker Street where it was first found, and Amazo...
  • Jamie Connolly
    Really good. But wait..is this the only volume or is there going to be more stories set in this world. The whole thing was really good but I wish it had gone on longer. 5 stars.
  • Eℓℓis ♥
    Letto nella versione non illustrata uscita nel 2007.
  • Deborah
    I want to live in Neil Gaiman's head for a day. He has such an incredible imagination! I loved this story and enjoyed the art as well.
  • Giselle Bradley
    I haven't read any Lovecraft yet but I really enjoyed this retelling of A Study in Scarlet. The world that Gaiman and the illustrators manged to build in this short graphic novel was so interesting. The wasn't insanely text heavy which I really appreciated. (Nothing drags more than a graphic novel that is just as wordy as a book.) But even though there wasn't a ton of text the story and world building was so gripping. Such a fascinating alt-histo...
  • Ines
    A wonderful delight for Gaiman and Conan Doyle fansI enjoyed the drawings a lot and the little publicity notes at the beginning of each chapter. As the name foreshadows, a "study in Emerald" follows a "study in scarlet" with a detective and his ex-military friend investigating a revenge kill. Fortunately there is no lengthy weird throwback, just the case being solved. I liked the twist at the end as well!
  • Paul
    Reading this I couldn't help but think this was so familiar. Duh, it was in Fragile Things, a short story collection from Gaiman. Good adaptation but the reveal and power of the story is only as good as your familiarity with Conan Doyle's original stories. Because I haven't read any of the originals, the reveal wasn't as profound as it could be.
  • Bayneeta
    Conan Doyle meets Lovecraft. Story by Neil Gaiman; art by Rafael Albuquerque. A winning combination.
  • Lizzy // The Bookish Unicorn
    I really really really hope Gaiman writes more stories in this universe! This was fantastic!
  • Kevin
    Really cool, except the ending resolves almost nothing. If it's being set up for a sequel that's fine, but as far as I know that's not the case. This world is fascinating and we don't see anywhere near enough of it.
  • Emma
    Victorians, famous detectives, tentacles...we're in Emma territory right here.
  • Kristin
    Issuing a pricy hardcover for what amounts to a 64 page special after you remove the sketches, faux Victorian ads, and multiple blank pages used as chapter breaks is a blatant cash-in on Gaiman's name, and a shoddy one at that. Many panels uses watercolor washes in place of background art, so characters appear to be floating in space. Worst of all, the twist from the original story is handled so poorly only part of it lands. (view spoiler)[We dis...
  • David Edmonds
    The latest in Dark Horse Comic's Neil Gaiman Library series, A Study in Emerald adapts the short story of the same name from the short story collection Fragile Things. As with all the Dark Horse adaptations, this has its strong and weak points, but does a more than admiral job of capturing the essence of the story. Without giving much away, this is obviously a pastiche of Sherlock Holmes with Lovecraft's Cthulhu universe and takes A Study in Scar...
  • Lukas Holmes
    I won a book from a teacher when I was in elementary school. She knew I loved Sherlock Holmes so she bought me this book filled with 'new' stories. They were written by the likes of King. I remembered falling even more in love with Holmes upon discovering that writers could create new stories. I fell in and out love year after year as new volumes of these types of collections were created. When I read 'Shadow over Bakerstreet' it was Gaiman's sto...
  • Jennifer
    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle meets Lovecraft.Sherlock Holmes meets the Ancient Onces.Mystery and monsters.If those appeal to you, then this graphic novel will as well. I found it enjoyable, although much of this first volume, in what I expect will be a series, is focused on world-building and character-building rather than the mystery at hand.However, there was a neat twist at the end that both surprised me and made me curious to read more (and also up...
  • Rob
    Gaiman making comics again!!!!A Study in Emerald in particular is the best graphic novel I've read in a long time. The characters were excellent. The plot engaging. The alternative history world super fascinating. And the ending completely unexpected. Just an excellent read.My only criticism is that I wish it were longer; I really hope he comes back to this world and writes future volumes.The artwork is absolutely top notch. It's rare for me to p...
  • Patrick Booth
    I didn't know what to expect when I started this. I had actually never read anything by Neil Gaiman even though his note-rarity didn't escape me. I also had no idea this was a graphic novel. Amazon was advertising it to me as something I should check out, so I did. Color me surprised by how good this was. Sherlock homes meets Cthulhu mythos is by far the easiest way to describe this, but its so much more then that. I'd hate to kill any of the sur...
  • Kathleen
    In a delightful mashup of Sherlock Holmes and Lovecraft lore, the world's only consulting detective and his flatmate are called upon to solve a murder. The victim is not a woman in pink, however, but a German prince who is something rather more than human. Gaiman does an excellent job dovetailing the two mythologies, and the little twist that all mysteries must have was well played. I highly recommend this book for fans of the Lovecraft-style hor...
  • Jessie Kalos
    I loved that it was so close to “a study in scarlet”, but the ties to Lovecraft went over my head. The art was awesome, and the twist at the end threw me for a loop until I did a little research! I definitely thought I knew more about Holmsian history, but I was surely stumped.Neil does no wrong in my book (pun intended).
  • Anne
    This was an excellent book. I have never read Gaiman before but I greatly enjoyed this short story. The art for it was very well done I loved the advertising littered through out. I don’t want to give away to much because it is a story that you are better off going into without spoilers but I highly recommend it!
  • Justin
    I loved this. I've read the original short story at some point and don't really remember it, but this was a perfect medium for the story. The adaptation wasn't overpowered by endless caption boxes like some of the other Gaiman adaptations, and Rafael Albuquerque's art provided the perfect unsettling mood for the story.
  • Lola Snyder
    Mix Sherlock Holmes and H. P. Lovecraft and you have Neil Gaiman and Rafael Albequerque's A Study in Emerald. I really enjoyed it but honestly don't know if it will hold my interest long enough to wait for the next installment. It's very short, like juv graphic novel short.
  • Patrick Frownfelter
    Excellent Sherlock/Lovecraft hybrid story, though not a huge fan of the artwork. It felt somewhat childish, for some reason. Not bad, by any means; I just can't say I prefer it. Anyway, definitely worth a look.
  • Abigail Pankau
    I had forgotten how good this short story is - and the graphic novel adaptation is really excellent. I don't think it adds to the original story or improves on it - but it is still a great story to tell in pictures. Totally recommend if you like graphic novels & Gaiman's stories & Cthulhu mythos.
  • Sctechsorceress
    Brilliant! This is a story that exists somewhere between Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes and H. R. Lovecraft's horrific tales of the Old Ones. I will say no more, because I would hate to spoil the story for anyone who hasn't read it. Oh, and if you haven't read it, go and do so at once!
  • Jesse Hill
    Rafael Albuquerque adapts the short story by Neil Gaiman into a gorgeous graphic novel. A quick fun read that does a good job showcasing the Lovecraftian elements within the Victorian London setting.