After boldly texting a murderer, A Study In Pink #4 pits Sherlock and Watson tracking down their man in his own hunting ground: the streets of London.
It would be testing to build a friendship with a man such as Sherlock Holmes; Watson experiences this fully. After all, Watson has ignored advice from the police themselves in steering clear from Sherlock Holmes. Readers of issue #2 will remember Sergeant Donovan’s opinion of Sherlock, stating that he ‘got off’ on crime scene shenanigans. In issue 4’s opening moments, Sherlock defines a murdering genius the same way, that they need the ‘spotlight’ to feel fulfilled. Consequently, the opening moments are intriguing and draw up the line which Sherlock may or may not cross. Of course, readers know that Sherlock Holmes lacks social fluency. His arrogance is entirely of its own breed, almost adding to his charm rather than rendering him as a suspect.
A Study In Pink #4 squares in on charm, drawing from that of Steven Moffat’s script and characters. The adaptation organically takes the duo’s friendship to the next step, bolstering it so magnificently that the script is forced to rule out a romance! Sherlock and Watson step up to their respective mantles, and the birth of their iconic dynamic is special to see.
A Sense of the Unknown
However, Sherlock’s killer in question hides in plain sight and is impossible to pick from a crowd. Furthermore, an overwhelming sense of futile effort burdens their mission, running after cars and chasing dead ends. Issue #4 again thrives on the sense of the unknown and on themes of who to trust. Much like Doctor Who, the sense of the ordinary is given a dark twist, and mystery is never dead for a second. The villain can be anyone, betraying their position of trust and presumed predictability.
The artistry adapts straight from the comics televised counterpart. London maps crisscross across the panels, visualised in Sherlock’s mind, emphasising frantic thought and chase. Moreover, frantic artistry doesn’t end there, showcasing speedy chases effortlessly. A Study In Pink #4 chops up the narrative through both visuals and writing, spurring on a quick, frantic reading as if buzzed from a strong coffee. Readers will feel just the same as Sherlock and Watson: breathless from the adrenaline rush.
Ultimately, A Study In Pink #4 continues Titan Comics’ line of shot in the arm action. It’s not a cure to the fix, but yet another issue to keep us itching and scratching for more.
Sherlock #4 in stores from today
Cover C: Simon Myers