Watson & Holmes

Created by Karl Bollers

"No time for explanation, the game's afoot!"

Ever wonder what would have happened if you crossed Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's immortal Sherlock Holmes had been an inner city black dude?

Me neither.

But comic book scribe Karl Bollers does just that, and it's a pretty good spin on the Great One. His HOLMES is a local P.I., complete with dreadlocks, a scarf and a jaunty fedora, working the streets of Harlem, and DR. JOHN WATSON is an Afghanistan war vet who looks like Shaft's big brother, toiling away in an inner-city clinic. they meet cute in the ER, and team up to find a missing girl. But the original Holmes and Watson never had to deal with the soul-numbing realities of inner city life, 21st century style: drugs, guns, gangs, corrupt cops, internet thrill killers and dumpster babies.

Oh, and Holmes doesn't like anyone, not even his brother Mycroft, calling him "Sherlock."

The series ran for six issues, from 2012-13, although by the end of its run, neither Bollers or the original artist, Rick Leonardi, had anything to do with the final issue. Too bad, because the original, five part story arc was nominated for Best New Series of 2013 for the Eisner Awards and Best Story for the Glyph Awards.


    (2012-13, New Paradigm Studios)
    Written by Karl Bollers, Brandon M. Easton
    Art by Rick Leonardi, Larry Stroman, N. Steven Harris

  • "A Study in Black (Chapter One)" (December 2012, #1)
  • "A Study in Black (Chapter Two" (March 2013, #2)
  • "A Study in Black (Chapter Three)" (August 2013, #3)
  • "A Study in Black (Part Four)" (October 2013, #4)
  • "A Study in Black (Epilogue)" (November, 2013, #5)
  • "The Case of Mr. and Mrs. Gemini" (December 2013, #6)....Kindle it!


  • WATSON AND HOLMES: A STUDY IN BLACK....Buy this book....Kindle it!
    (2013, New Paradigm Studios)
    Written by Karl Bollers
    Art by Rick Leonardi, Larry Stroman

Reprints first five issues.

Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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