The Final Problem
Sherlock Holmes’ most famous adventure, in striking graphic novel format.
Hunting hat, smoking pipe, coat collar turned up—that’s how we know Sherlock Holmes, the most famous detective of all time. He usually investigates from London’s Baker Street. But Holmes’ most spectacular case leads him in a fast-paced chase from the metropolis of London across the continent to the Swiss Alps. At the roaring Reichenbach Falls there is a showdown between Holmes and his archenemy Professor Moriarty. Who will triumph in this battle between good and evil?
Black and white line drawings on scratchboard are Hannes Binder’s trademark. The Zurich illustrator has created dramatic images of the Swiss landscape for this epic story, the pull of which is hard to resist. An exciting graphic novel for beginners and seasoned Holmes fans alike.
Text and art combine to create a menacing atmosphere leading up to the mysterious events at the Reichenbach Falls, where evidence leads Watson to conclude that Holmes and his nemesis, Professor Moriarty, have plunged to their deaths. A respectful adaptation of the classic story, illustrated with skill and finesse.
Carolyn Phelan, ⭐️ Booklist, starred review
Binder has a signature scratchboard technique, employed here with only a brooding deep blue ink, which imbues the story with a dark energy. There are vertiginous angles and darkly sinister details, such as a huge eye in the ceiling of Victoria Station and a surreal full page view into a screaming human mouth. I can't emphasize enough how the art - both part- and full-bleed pages and graphic panels - sets the tone of the story.
Stephanie Tournas, ⭐️ Youth Services Book Review, starred review
an impressive graphic novel for younger readers
Peter E. Blau, Sherlock Holmes expert and founder of The Red Circle Society
Sherlock Holmes: The Final Problem in the hands of Hannes Binder is a must for any collection of Baker Street investigations, opening new awareness of the impact of this classic in its time . . .
New York Journal of Books
What does make this graphic novel stand out is Binder’s extraordinary artwork. Utilizing scratchboard, Binder gives this final tale of Holmes a moody atmosphere that is stunning to behold.
School Library Journal
The last case of Sherlock Holmes is intriguingly retold and distinctly illustrated in Binder's scratchboard technique.
Children's Literature Reviews
Readers will be astounded by the surreal illustrations that set the tone for this dramatic, graphic retelling of Conan Doyle’s supposedly last Sherlock Holmes mystery.
The Children's Hour
The Swiss artist Hannes Binder has produced a striking illustrated retelling
Just Imagine blog