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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Mycroft Holmes Graphic Novel Arrives This September!

This September 19 sees the release of Mycroft Holmes and The Apocalypse Handbook by actor, author, and cultural ambassador Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. This all-new graphic novel collects the smash-hit and critically acclaimed comic series which saw Abdul-Jabbar’s own unique take on the older brother of Sherlock Holmes.

Based in the world of the best-selling Mycroft novel by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Mycroft Holmes and The Apocalypse Handbookgraphic novel 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. With a madman on the loose with civilization-destroying weapons, can the smartest man in England set aside his idle, womanizing ways for long enough to track down the foe that may be his match?

 

This exciting graphic novel, which adds new revelations and insights into the life of Mycroft, sees Abdul-­Jabbar team with best-­selling novelist Raymond Obstfeld, artist Joshua Cassara, and colorist Luis Guerrero.

Mycroft Holmes and the Apocalypse Handbook is available from all good bookstores and comic shops from September 19, 2017.

Preview: Mycroft Holmes and the Apocalypse Handbook #5

MYCROFT HOLMES #5

Writers: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Raymond Obstfeld
Artist: Joshua Cassara
Cover A: Alex Ronald
Cover B: Joshua Cassara & Luis Guerrero
Cover C: Claudia Ianniciello
FC – $3.99 – 32pp – On sale: February 15

FINAL ISSUE!

1874. Despite the best efforts of a cadre of international thieves, criminals, and assassins, Mycroft Holmes and Adler have finally found the Apocalypse Handbook – a collection of working blueprints for deadly, highly-advanced weapons. But their young ward, Kerry, has been abducted. Now, they await delivery of the ransom demands. The fates both of Kerry, and of the free world, rest in their hands!

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Preview: Mycroft Holmes and the Apocalypse Handbook #4

MYCROFT HOLMES AND THE APOCALYPSE HANDBOOK #4

Writers: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Raymond Obstfeld
Artist: Joshua Cassara
Cover A: Claudia Ianniciello
Cover B: Joshua Cassara & Luis Guerrero
Cover C: Mariano Laclaustra
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: December 21

In search of the purloined Apocalypse Handbook, Mycroft Holmes and Lark Adler criss-cross the United States, facing danger and intrigue at every turn. But what does the latest heist of Jesse James and his band of outlaws have to do with their quest? What secrets is Lark hiding in her past? And what traumas and triumphs have shaped Mycroft into the man he is today?

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Preview: Mycroft Holmes #3

MYCROFT HOLMES #3

Writer: Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Raymond Obstfeld
Artist: Joshua Cassara
Cover A: Alex Ronald
Cover B: Claudia Caranfa
Cover C: Arianna Florean
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: October 26

Mycroft hits the USA in search of the Apocalypse Handbook – but an encounter at the New York docks leaves him battered and bruised at the hands of impossible superweapons – and that’s even before he follows the trail out West, where an unexpected face boards his train, with robbery on his mind!

And introducing… Lark Adler!

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Preview: Mycroft Holmes #2

MYCROFT HOLMES #2

Writers: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Raymond Obstfeld
Artist: Joshua Cassara
Colorist: Luis Guerrero
Letterer: Comicraft
Cover A: Joshua Cassara & Luis Guerrero
Cover B: Claudia Ianniciello
Cover C: Adrianna Florean
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: September 14

Mycroft Holmes: rake, adventurer, intellectual; deductive mind without peer! Thrust into the greatest quest of his young life, Mycroft is forced to battle a monstrous abombination in the bowels of Buckingham Palace, as a courtly conspiracy threatens the world with steampunk weapons of mass destruction! With only his wits to aid him, Mycroft is soon set on a globe-trotting mission to reclaim the plans for the weapons – before they fall into more nefarious hands!

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Review: Mycroft Holmes and the Apocalypse Handbook #1

Mycroft Cover D (1)Retired NBA superstar and United States cultural ambassador Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, mystery novelist Raymond Obstfeld, and artist Joshua Cassara (New Avengers) join forces in Mycroft #1 to tell a clever and occasionally saucy mystery adventure story about Sherlock Holmes’ older brother. Cassara has a smooth, cinematic art style from the opening scene where the British Museum is destroyed by a mysterious bauble.  The theme of not dwelling in the past and embracing is reinforced throughout the book as Mycroft laughs at his fellow students for fawning over the Mona Lisa in a philosophical exercise where they had to choose either to save a dog or the famous painting. He would have just saved his own ass.

Mycroft #1 is most concerned with showing the character of its protagonist, but Abdul-Jabbar and Obstfeld throw in some fun twists and turns to keep you on your toes. Even though it’s set in Victorian England when Mycroft and Sherlock were still students (And when our antihero had a six pack instead of being his traditional portly self.), it’s far from stuffy as Mycroft spends a lecture making a crude Punch-style cartoon of his professor and then sleeping with the professor’s wife. But there’s a twist as he wanted Sherlock to walk in on them and see a naked woman for the first time. Mycroft is just as intelligent (If not more.) as Sherlock, but he has a true, rebellious streak and spends his life playing pranks and games on less intelligent beings. However, his carefree life could be coming to an end with a last page cliffhanger that changes the comic from the British version of Casanova to more League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

Steampunk elements were already a big part of the aesthetic of the Guy Ritchie Sherlock Holmes films, but Abdul-Mycroft Holmes Preview 3Jabbar, Obstfeld, and Cassara take a subtler touch in introducing elements of the genre to Mycroft #1. Instead of giant airships, there are little mechanical doo-dads in the background with colorist Luis Guerrero adding dashes of gold in his palette to break up the greys and blacks of Victorian interior decorating. Steampunk also fits in with the theme of progress and thinking out of the box as Mycroft uses both to get himself out of an awkward situation at the end of the issue.

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.

Story: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld Art: Joshua Cassara Colors: Luis Guerrero
Story: 9 Art: 8 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Titan Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Mycroft Holmes and the Apocalypse Handbook #1

MYCROFT HOLMES #1

Writers: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Raymond Obstfeld
Artist: Joshua Cassara
Cover A: Joshua Cassara & Luis Guerrero
Cover B: Rod Reis
Cover C: Typographic Variant
Cover D: Paul McCaffrey
Cover E: Blank
FC – $3.99 – 32pp – On sale: Aug 3

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 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 that may be his match?

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SDCC 2016: NBA All-Star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar debuts new Mycroft Holmes Comic

Titan Comics has announced that NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will be unveiling his unique take on Mycroft Holmes at the summer global event San Diego Comic-Con this July!

An all-new comic book adventure, The Apocalypse Handbook – written by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld 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 futuristic weaponry capable of destroying civilization in the most horrific manner. Can the smartest man in England set aside his idle, womanizing ways long enough to track down the foe that may be his match?

This hotly anticipated comic book – which hits regular stores on August 3 – will exclusively debut at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con (July 21-24) with a special never-before-released variant cover by series artists Joshua Cassara and Luis Guerrero – only available to purchase at the show at Titan booth #5537.

As part of this special SDCC appearance, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as well as series artists, Joshua Cassara, Luis Guerrero, and Mycroft Holmes and the Apocalypse Handbook editor, Andrew James, will be speaking at an unmissable panel on Thursday July 21 at 12:00PM (room 5AB), taking SDCC attendees exclusively behind-the scenes of the new comic series and revealing special artwork previews.

SDCC attendees will also have the unique opportunity to meet Kareem and the creative team behind the comic book straight after the panel for a special Mycroft Holmes comic book signing at 1:30PM in Autograph Alley AA02.

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Tackles Mycroft Holmes in a New Comic Series from Titan Comics

This August, Titan Comics is teaming with NBA All-star and Polymath legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for Mycroft Holmes and the Apocalypse Handbook: a brand new standalone comic book adventure that uncovers the secrets of the elder Holmes brother.

An all-new adventure, 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 futuristic weaponry capable of destroying civilization in the most horrific manner. Can the smartest man in England set aside his idle, womanizing ways for long enough to track down the foe that may be his match?

Although the character appeared in only a handful of Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories, Sherlock’s elder brother Mycroft has gained increased mainstream awareness through appearances in smash-hit TV show Sherlock and CBS’s Elementary (as portrayed by Mark Gatiss and Rhys Ifans respectively). Charting his own course and centering Mycroft firmly at the heart of the narrative, Abdul-Jabbar’s devotion for the character was established in the novel Mycroft Holmes, for Titan Books last year.

This exciting comic series sees Abdul-Jabbar team with best-selling novelist Raymond Obstfeld to pen a fresh, all-new story that adds new revelations and insights into the life of Mycroft. The five-part serial features art by rising star Joshua Cassara and colorist Luis Guerrero, along with a host of comics luminaries on its variant covers.

The hotly anticipated debut arrives in comic stores and on digital platforms on August 3, 2016.

Check out the covers below, Cover A: Joshua Cassara and Luis Guerrero; Cover B: Rod Reis; Cover C: Typographic Variant; and Cover D: Paul McCaffrey.