It’s official: I’m going to be writing multiple guest issues of the incredibly fierce comic WATSON AND HOLMES.
YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY! Get yourselves good and ready for Violetta Okeke-Smith, musical theatre actress and rickshaw driver, for my first installment. Because she is plenty awesome and I heart her.
WATSON & HOLMES is a modern urban take on the tales of “Sherlock Holmes” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Re-envisioning Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson as African Americans and taking place in New York City’s famous Harlem district, the stories can go in fresh and new directions never traveled before.
This is also a series in which Holmes is no longer the central character as he shares equal spotlight with Watson as emphasized by the title. In this take of the classic, Jon Watson is a former para-jumper for the US Air Force returning from Afghanistan, He is currently working in inner-city clinic helping the less fortunate while trying to pay his debts after a hard divorce. Holmes is a private investigator who used to work as a programmer in a internet start-up that went belly-up. Consequently his career was ruined as a result of it. He then decided to become a PI.
Both cross paths for the first time when an unusual case Holmes is involved in ends up in Watson’s emergency room. During the investigation, a conspiracy is discovered that links unexpected people together while Watson & Holmes bump heads along the way in more ways than one.
Originally set to be released digitally as a 4-ssue Mini-Series, this new ONGOING SERIES is launched by the following creative team:
• African American comic book writer Karl Bollers, known for his work on Marvel’s Emma Frost, What If?, Muties, and X-51: Machine Man as well as Archie’s Sonic The Hedgehog (based on a story by Brandon Perlow and Paul J. Mendoza).
• Rick Leonardi, a penciler whose best known for his work on Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger, Spider-Man and X-Men as well as DC’s Vigilante and Star Wars comics for Dark Horse. The Noir Edition spotlights Leonardi’s work as all color is stripped away leaving his raw pencils intact — a treat for any art enthusiast.
• Color interiors by Paul Mendoza, known for his work on Aliens: Berserker for Dark Horse
• Helmed by Senior Editor Justin F. Gabrie (Marvel/DC’s Punisher/Batman: Deadly Knights, Marvel’s What If? and Archie’s Sonic The Hedgehog) and assisted by Zack Rosenberg.
• “WATSON & HOLMES” created by Brandon Perlow and Paul J. Mendoza, inspired by Arthur Conan Doyle’s “Sherlock Holmes”