The Fellowship was fortunate enough to obtain a copy of THE BAKER STREET PECULIARS #1 from KaBOOM! (the all-ages imprint of BOOM! Studios). Roger Langridge writes, Andy Hirsch draws and letters, and Fred Stresing colors.

The game is already afoot at the start, with three kids and a dog chasing what appears to be an animated lion statue. Unfortunately, they can’t really do anything to it once the catch it, and the arrival of the authorities makes necessary the continuation of their rapid egress. After quick introductions (they didn’t know each other before this chase) they encounter one Mr. Holmes, who contracts them into assisting him with an investigation.

This is far from your typical Holmes story, but that’s not unusual by itself. The kids are likeable and work together well from the start, and Wellington proves himself an able four-legged companion as well. And despite being an all-ages book, there are a few jokes and references worked deftly into the background. The art really helps give the setting an authentic feel, even in a somewhat later timeframe than we’re used to with Holmes.

This book is off to a quick start, and promises to show us a side of Sherlock Holmes that we might not have seen before. And we’re getting a clever group of sidekicks along the way. This title should be great fun.

THE BAKER STREET PECULIARS #1 is available now at your FLCS or at boom-studios.com.

~Mike ( @MikeyGeek )