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.
  • Rod Brown
    I was about to give up on these Dark Horse adaptations of Neil Gaiman short stories, but the pretty good mash-up of Sherlock Holmes and H.P. Lovecraft in this volume means I'll have to keep checking them out. The little twist at the end actually caught me off guard and elevated the story considerably.
  • 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!
  • Frances
    Let’s just all agree that it’s silly to give a five star book 4 stars just because you are bitter that it’s not longer.BUT I WANTED TO KEEP READING.
  • Bayneeta
    Conan Doyle meets Lovecraft. Story by Neil Gaiman; art by Rafael Albuquerque. A winning combination.
  • Rachel
    Interesting. A slightly different take on Sherlock Holmes, mixed with Lovecraftian monsters. I liked the art, but didn't love it. I did, however, really enjoy the story. I wouldn't be sorry to read more. I am really curious as to why the royal family, particularly Queen Victoria and her offspring, seem to be often portrayed in sci-fi/fantasy fiction as being at least part-inhuman. I've seen them referred to as lycanthropes in other tales, and as ...
  • Erin Cataldi
    The illustrations were wonderful, but the plot was a little bizarre, even for me. It's a mix of Sherlock Holmes and Cthulhu, complete with a gruesome murder mystery. A detective, too smart for his own good, makes his new roommate tag along to help solve a horrifying murder that has even left the police shaking their heads. Tinged with elements of the supernatural, and smart witticisms; this graphic novel is recommended for die-hard Gaiman fans on...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Ellen
    I think I missed something. I enjoyed reading it but then felt confused at the end. I don't really know my Lovecraft, so I think that could have been my downfall.
  • 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...
  • Lucinda
    My library just got this and recommended it to me. I loved it. It helps that I just got, and started, H.P. Lovecraft's Short stories, so I picked up on stuff in this I wouldn't have otherwise.This was awesome, on't want to spoil anything but seriously, check it out. ^_^
  • 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...
  • Brandon
    A nice slow burn that perfectly mimics Lovecraft's building of tension and dread.
  • Josh
    Even though I haven't read Gaiman's original story yet, this feels like a particularly effective adaptation. This volume quickly establishes the world and progresses through the weird, dark, fascinating story at an engaging and accessible pace. The worlds of Doyle and Lovecraft blend more effectively than I would have expected, highlighting key elements of both amidst a classic detective story. Questions are left hanging at the end of the adventu...
  • Ma'Belle
    This was a lot of fun to read. I don't want to spoil the ending, but it's a good one! Neil Gaiman has written a story in the world of Sherlock Holmes and Chthulhu without ever actually using either of those (probably copyrighted) names. There are some elements of Alan Moore's magnum opus From Hell, and some bits that will feel familiar to fans of Grant Morrison's first (and most personal) major original work, The Invisibles. But it is distinctly ...
  • 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...
  • Raquel
    If you're a fan of Neil Gaiman, or Sherlock, or Lovecraft, or mystery/horror then you'll enjoy this graphic novel.I picked it up because the art caught my eye. One of the most important aspects of the graphic novel for me is the art, and it was both beautiful and creepy. The story was of course engaging until the very end. The best part of this Lovecraft/Sherlock mash up is that it doesn't feel like your stereotypical remake of Sherlock. There is...
  • 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...