Dark Horse Comics have announced that Neil Gaiman’s Hugo Award-winning short story “A Study in Emerald” will be adapted into an 80-page graphic novel. In a press release sent to us, it was announced Rafael Scavone (“Wonder Woman 75th Anniversary Special”) is writing the script, Rafael Albuquerque (“Ei8ht,” “American Vampire”) is illustrating the book, and Dave Stewart (“Hellboy,” “Black Hammer”) will be coloring it.
First published in the 2003 anthology Shadows Over Baker Street, “A Study in Emerald” is a tribute to Arthur Conan Doyle and H.P. Lovecraft, which follows unnamed facsimiles of Holmes and Watson as they uncover a conspiracy involving the Great Old Ones. One has to wonder how Albuquerque will ensure the story’s big twist will survive the transition to the visual medium of comics, which will likely be the best reason to check it out when completed.
This will be the latest in a series of adaptations by Dark Horse of Gaiman’s prose work, known as the Neil Gaiman Library, which began in 2002 when P. Craig Russell adapted the 1992 short story “Murder Mysteries.” Russell is currently writing Dark Horse’s “American Gods” adaptation, as well as a graphic novel of “Only the End of the World Again” drawn by Troy Nixey, due out January 24.
“A Study in Emerald” will be released on June 20, 2018 at a retail price of $17.99. Attached below are the main cover and the original press release:
MILWAUKIE, Ore., (October 02, 2017)—Dark Horse is thrilled to reveal the next installment in the Gaiman Library with A Study in Emerald! From multiple award- winning writer Neil Gaiman comes this graphic novel adaptation featuring art by Eisner award winning artist Rafael Albuquerque (Ei8ht, American Vampire)!
A Study in Emerald is a supernatural mystery set in the world of Sherlock Holmes and H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos. The heart-pounding tale features the brilliant detective and his faithful partner as they attempt to solve a horrific murder of cosmic proportions. The complex investigation takes the Baker Street investigators from the slums of Whitechapel all the way to the Queen’s Palace.
Rafael Scavone, co-founder of publisher Stout Club with Albuquerque and writer of Wonder Woman 75th Anniversary Special #1, lends his compositional talent to Gaiman’s award-winning short story while Dave Stewart (Black Hammer, Hellboy) brings his gorgeous colorist skills to the faithful adaptation. The beautiful cover is also by Albuquerque.