Written by Anthony Del Sol & Conor McCreery
Art by Carlos Furuzono
Published by Dynamite Comics
Release Date: 10/01/2014
Harry Houdini, the greatest escape artist of all time, never had to explain his escapes. No one was ever able to figure out how he was able to do the things he did. Who would ever be clever enough to figure out his ruses anyways? That’s exactly the question Anthony Del Col and Dynamite Comics propose. Their answer? Sherlock Holmes.
In the first issue of Sherlock Holmes vs. Harry Houdini, we are introduced the setting of Mr. Houdini performing in London. While exhibiting his prowess at a local jail, his escape is explained, rather elementary, by one of the inmates. We come to find out that this inmate is none other than Sherlock Holmes, spending the night after a respite with sanity and intoxication. Houdini challenges Holmes to come to his next show and best him once again in explaining his escape. Cut to both men being talked being reasoned with by their respective better halves. Houdini has his Bess, and Holmes has his Watson. It is here that we find out the Holmes has been experimenting with Ayahuasca, a hallucinogen not unlike Peyote. Fascinating stuff (don’t do drugs kids). The story goes on with Holmes meeting Houdini’s challenge at the show, but of course, it wouldn’t be a Dynamite book unless there was some touch of the occult. You’ll have to read it to find out what it is.
Anthony Del Col’s writing is fun, imaginative, and he seems to have a fairly good handle on both of these famous characters. Carlos Furuzono’s art is good, but the highlight of the work comes in the paneling structure. It’s beautiful and creative, and makes each page more of a portrait than a comic page. The piece de resistance in this book has to be John Cassaday’s cover art. He absolutely nails Houdini’s face, and the colors are splendid. This book was a fun read, and very fast paced. You get to learn a bit about escape art and mind-altering drugs, and in the end isn’t that all that matters? Go out and give this book a chance. It’s something new, and that’s always a good thing. Happy reading!