HOUND Revisited ~ Review of Martin Powell and Jamie Chase’s graphic novel adaptation of Hound of the Baskervilles

Well, this has been an embarrassingly long time coming.  We promised Martin this review ages ago. (Yes, we realize that we’ve dropped the proverbial ‘ball’ everywhere else as well, hush now.)  Alas, here it finally is.  As always with our joint reviews, HamishMD and I wrote our respective reviews independently of one another.  I did not read her review prior to writing my own, nor had she read mine.  In fact, we ‘ve intentionally avoided even discussing it with one another specifically for the purpose of not biasing or coloring each other’s thoughts, so this is quite literally the first time those thoughts have come together in one place.  Enjoy!

~ S. Sigerson

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‘S.Sigerson’

HOUND continues to stand not only as one of the most popular of all the canonical tales, but also one of the most frequently adapted. I see HOUND adaptations and reprints of every kind all over the place, which I have to admit sometimes has kind of an ‘overkill’ effect on me. I recently made the somewhat distressing observation that when presented with a variety of Sherlockian reading material/purchase options I’m notably more likely to pass over something related to HOUND than I am just about any other adaptation simply because it has begun, for me personally, to feel like kind of an ‘easy way out’ as far as adaptations go. Don’t get me wrong, I love the story as much as the rest of the Sherlockian world and clearly AM interested in looking at re-imaginings of it, I’m just also a bit wary, and that ‘wariness’ makes me a little picky at times.

One form of adaptation that really HAS grabbed my interest recently is the graphic novel/comic book. I’ve been seeing some very neat graphic interpretations of not only the Sherlock Holmes stories, but also a range of other classical works, which I must say really excites me. I’ve only ever dappled in the comic book/graphic novel world, but I strongly feel that authors and artists are doing a fantastic thing by sliding certain literary staples into a different light. In my opinion, these sorts of visual-heavy re-interpretations are a great way to make classical literature seem interesting and engaging to a wider range of readers who are already interacting with, and being socialized into an increasingly visual world, and who therefore might otherwise dismiss the same story as being outdated or ‘dusty’ if presented as part of a ‘tome’ or freestanding novel. Continue reading

Adaptation Review: What’s the Story?

Welcome, once again to Stormy Petrels!  While usually we will be more likely to post individual reviews due to our busy schedules, on occasion we will be lucky enough to do joint reviews.

We introduce today our first review: the episodes “The Slobbery Hound” and “A Dogged Expose” from the PBS television series Wishbone. The conceit of this series is that a small, well-read Jack Russell terrier imagines himself as the main characters in all his favorite books. These fantasies parallel events going on in modern day- or the 1990s- in the lives of himself and his owner, a middle-school kid named Joe. Wishbone covered many classics of literature, including two Holmes stories: The Hound of the Baskervilles and A Scandal in Bohemia.

Title: Wishbone, Episodes “The Slobbery Hound” and “A Dogged Expose”

Year: circa 1995/1996

Creators: Executive Producer Rick Duffield

Cast: Soccer the dog and Larry Brantley (voice) as Wishbone/Sherlock Holmes, Ric Spiegel as Dr. Watson, Sally Vahle as Irene Adler

Brief Summary:

“The Slobbery Hound” When Wishbone is blamed for neighborhood messes, he must find the dog who is the real culprit. Classic Work: The Hound of the Baskervilles

“A Dogged Expose” Samantha tries to figure out who is distributing embarrassing pictures of her.  Classic Work: A Scandal in Bohemia.

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