In the first episode of Season 2 of BBC’s Sherlock, we met one of readers’ favorite characters from 130 years of fandom for Arthur Conan Doyle’s ultimate detective.  Initially published in The Strand in 1891 in A Scandal in Bohemia, Irene Adler first stepped into readers’ imaginations.  Of course Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss gave the story and characters their trademark modern twist with their episode A Scandal in Belgravia, and it’s that episode that gets the manga treatment in Titan Comics’ latest manga adaptation.  Fresh from confronting Moriarty in the end of The Great Game, Holmes and John Watson are called to save the royal family from blackmail at the hands of “The Woman,” and Sherlock is truly given a run for his money.  We have a special extended preview of the manga today from Titan Comics for borg readers.

This Irene Adler, thanks to a brilliant performance by Lara Pulver, is a sexy dominatrix who pulls Sherlock into a complex web of mysteries involving the CIA and the MOD, with secrets that could threaten international security and topple the monarchy.

This is Titan Comics’ fourth installment of the critically acclaimed manga series of Sherlock.  The artist know as “Jay” does an amazing job turning Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock Holmes, Martin Freeman’s Dr. John Watson, Lara Pulver’s Irene Adler, and Mark Gatiss’s Mycroft Holmes into very distinct but familiar black and white manga characters.  Since this is an adaptation of Steven Moffat’s script, you’re getting the complete, original story as you watched it on TV.  The BBC series has created an international fan base for the series and stars, so a manga adaptation was a natural fit.  Fans of the manga style and structure will love this adaptation.

Here is an extended preview of Titan Comics’ manga adaptation of BBC’s Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia, courtesy of the publisher (remember it’s a manga so start at the bottom of this preview and read each page in order from bottom to top, reading each page downward from right to left instead of left to right):

Add Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia to your local comic book store pull list, or pre-order your copy now here at Amazon.  It’s arriving in a trade paperback edition this September.

C.J. Bunce / Editor / borg