Mycroft Holmes #1

Mycroft Holmes #1

Writer: Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Raymond Obstfeld Artist: Joshua Cassara Publisher: Titan Books Release Date: August 3, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 2
8.2Critic Rating
9.8User Rating

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Basketball legend, novelist, and superstar polymath Kareem Abdul-Jabbar brings his take on Sherlock Holmes' older brother to comics at last! An all-new adventure set in the world of the bestselling Mycroft Holmes novel, The Apocalypse Handbook, sees the diffident, brilliant Mycroft pulled into a globe-spanning adventure at the behest of Queen Victoria and a secret organization at the heart of the British government. A madman is on the loose with civilization-destroying weapons, each two hundred years in advance of the status quo. Can the smartest man in England set aside his idle, womanizing ways for long enough to track down the foe t more

  • 10
    AiPT! - Robert Reed Aug 4, 2016

    Mycroft Holmes and the Apocalypse Handbook #1 is a stellar debut. Those questioning Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for entering into the medium will find themselves pleasantly surprised at the work here. While this comic firmly belongs in the world of his novel, it doesn't alienate the reader who stumbles upon it and offers a great take on a oft-overlooked character in the Sherlock Holmes mythos. With great artwork by Joshua Cassara and Luis Guerrero, readers should definitely check out this comic. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Pop Culture Uncovered - belleburr Aug 1, 2016

    This adventure has just begun taking us down not so familiar paths with one of literatures most well known families and Im ready for book two. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Pastrami Nation - Nolan Smith Aug 28, 2016

    Mycroft Holmes #1 is one of the most impressive debut issues I have read this year, and I have read a lot of debut comics this year. Titan Comics has created something different, something intriguing, and something that gives more credibility to the name Mycroft Holmes than simply being a footnote to his famous, fictional brethren. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Hulking Reviewer - Kareem Ali Jul 31, 2016

    Mycroft Holmes and the Apocalypse Handbook #1 is a sensational start to the series combining an intriguing story setup with entertaining character development and action. It's an engrossing issue from the first page to the last due to the smooth writing and beautiful visuals. The way the attack on the British museum unfolds sets the tone early, and the focus on Mycroft's behavior makes him feel like a unique character while leaving room for some serious growth. I know it's only one issue but at this rate this series could easily become one of my favorites. I highly recommend it. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Comic Crusaders - Shane Tydeman Aug 4, 2016

    I enjoyed it and look forward to reading more, fans of TV's Elementary and Sherlock will enjoy this also. Do ya'self a favor and check it out! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Outright Geekery - Trevor Brown Aug 4, 2016

    Mycroft Holmes and the Apocalypse Handbook is set to be a min-series with a monthly publication schedule. This first issue is mature with it's language and art. With a new mystery afoot, this is one where you will have to keep up with your Holmes boys. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Aug 7, 2016

    So far, I'm enjoying this series, and I'm anxious to see where it goes from here. Maybe I need to track down my copy of the novel... Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Aug 4, 2016

    Though Kareem Abdul-Jabbar writing a story about a Victorian rouge might sound like a gag, Mycroft Holmes #1 shows that his scripting and sense of humor is anything but a joke. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Aug 15, 2016

    It will be easy for some people to dismiss this book as “just something written by that basketball guy” or thinking this is merely meant to capitalize on Abdul-Jabbar's name and fame. These are both wrong assumptions, because Abdul-Jabbar and Obstfeld have some definite writing chops on display here. Coupled with some great art by Joshua Cassara and a story that balances character-building, conflict setup, action, and humor and you have a comic that should not be missed. I'm certainly glad I gave it a try and it has earned a place on my pull list. I'm looking forward to the rest of the story! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Aug 4, 2016

    In Mycroft #1, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld craft a protagonist that is basically the Tony Stark of the Victorian Era. He is a polymath, can solve a mystery while burning you with a one liner, and has a kind of roguish charisma whereas his brother Sherlock can only stutter his future catchphrase. (And if basketball was invented, Mycroft would probably have one hell of a skyhook.) Artist Joshua Cassara adds to Mycroft's appeal by drawing the lazy, self-absorbed genius exuding great confidence with winks and smiles while the people around him are crying out with outrage. By the time the issue closes (With a joke and a cliffhanger.), you're not sure if you want to be Mycroft or be with him, and you will definitely prefer him to Sherlock. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Dan Hex Aug 12, 2016

    Jabbar and Obstfeld work up an easily flowing script for the first issue that sets up a story called The Apocalypse Handbook. Set in 1874, the story follows the brilliant, self-centered and obnoxious Mycroft Holmes on a particular adventure throughout London all the while sharpening his wit on his brother, his Oxford classmates and his unsuspecting professor. Jabbar and his fellow creators, serve up a nice opening to the mini-series leaving the reader ready for the next episode and if theyre anything like me, marveling at how Kareem Abdul-Jabbar got even cooler. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Aug 1, 2016

    This is a great issue to start off a series that is going to be full of adventure and intrigue. Our protagonist is, thus far, really interesting. His intelligence resonates really well, and is almost mesmerizing. The creative team on this series has done an amazing job so far, and I can't wait to see where things go from here! Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has dominated the NBA world, and now he's making his way to comics. We welcome you with open arms, and are eager to see what creative genius you have to offer. In closing, friends, read this book; you won't be disappointed. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Glasgow Comic Page - Jim Taylor Aug 5, 2016

    While Abdul-Jabbar and his co-writer Raymond Obstfeld must take a large amount of the credit for making Apocalypse Handbook #1 such a fun and engaging read, Cassara and Guerrero's artwork is also hugely impressive, and the issue's complex mixture of light, shadow, grime and steel brings an extra richness to the comic. Such an exciting blend of quality storytelling and gorgeous art makes this incarnation of Mycroft Holmes a series worth following. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    CourtOfNerds - Benjamin Raven Aug 9, 2016

    It's fun, it's fresh and it's so much more than just a cash grab or publicity stunt. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has some great characters here, and writer Raymond Obstfeld and artist Joshua Cassara do a great job in helping adapt it to comic book storytelling. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Aug 7, 2016

    Ultimately, while this debut issue is fun, it's also rather unremarkable. It's competent, genre-comics fare, but little more. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Jason Laframboise Aug 5, 2016

    Mycroft Holmes and the Apocalypse Handbook opens with a class of school boys touring the British Musuem in 1874 London, the musuem is destroyed by a mysterious device of unknown origin. We then get Mycroft Holmes in school being, well Mycroft arogant and agressively smart. He gets expelled, then sleeps with his proffessors wife, and then is kidnapped. Also his kid brother Sherlock shows up.I'm going to start with the stuff I didn't like in this book. First of all the main character is throughly unlikeable. Mycroft Holmes has never really been protrayed as a likeable person. Interesting maybe but I find it hard to root for someone so pompus. I suppose that's not really a critizism of this book, but of the character in general. As for the book at hand, I'm not a fan of having nudity in a book for the sake of having nudity. I'm not a prude or anything it's just it didn't add anything to the plot and was done for a joke that I didn't find funny. The nudity a Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Geek-O-Rama - Rick Aug 17, 2016

    Reading the comic, I had the weird sense that Mr. Abdul-Jabar was trying to inject some intelligence into the script, but a coterie of yes-men were taking his work and building their own dumbed-down version around it, and using his name to sell copy. Then again, maybe this was the author's original vision " in which case I'd be even more disappointed than I already am Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Wolf Warner Aug 4, 2016

    Great opening issue. It had humor, history, action and sexy undertones. The pace was excellent and the art is suoerb. I will complete this whole series!!

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  • 10
    Lo Aug 8, 2016

    Once I finally found this comic book (it seems the distibutor is back ordered already) My expectations were exceeded. A really fun read that takes advantage of the history of the Holmes brothers while creating new ground. The art is active and nuanced. I am looking forward to the next issue.

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