July 15, 2014

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It's Elementary: "Kill Shakespeare" Writers Take on Holmes and Houdini for Dynamite

Continuing their literary comics trend, Dynamite Entertainment announced in a press release yesterday that the "Kill Shakespeare" writing team of Anthony Del Cor and Connor McCreery have been signed to take on a new Sherlock Holmes mini-series for the company.

Putting Doyle's master detective in the same comic with Harry Houdini, the legendary skeptic, the two must combine forces to battle a mystic intent on  ruining Houdini's career. There's only one problem--the two arrogant brains aren't inclined to work together. From the press release:
In Sherlock Holmes vs. Harry Houdini #1, famed detective Sherlock Holmes and brash showman Harry Houdini must combine forces to defeat a mysterious mystic dedicated to destroying Houdini's career and killing anyone who gets in his way.  But despite their singular purpose, the two titans have too much professional pride between them... and it's only a matter of time until the deadliest sin has them facing off.
Snagging the pair to do another literary book is absolutely brilliant. Unlike some others who take on prose characters, Del Cor and McCreery understand that while you can take as many liberties as you like, the only way to do it right is to make sure those liberties still remain true to the core of the character. It's worked very well for them on Kill Shakespeare, so I can't see why they'd change it now. Their quotes speak to this, too. Again, from the release:
 "Sherlock Holmes and Harry Houdini are two of the most fascinating characters of the last hundred-plus years.  Placing them together in the same world produces so many moments of mystery, intrigue, illusion, and reveal," says Del Col, who then quips, "And that's only during our research, in which Conor and I escaped near-death experiences while donning deerstalker caps."
 Conor McCreery says, "Working with Dynamite is a blast.  Their editorial team has proven repeatedly that they know how to make legacy characters like Sherlock Holmes come alive.  We couldn't wait to get the chance to work with and learn from some of the best minds in comicdom."
And finally, Dynamite themselves chime in:
 "I cannot say enough about both the characters and the creative on this series.  Sherlock Holmes is one of the most iconic fictional characters in the world, and an inspiration for other comic heroes.  Harry Houdini oozed charisma and was a brilliant man as well, as demonstrated by his penchant for debunking spiritualists.  The team-up of these amazing characters is perfect.  We've wanted to have this meeting of two great minds for years, but didn't want to place the project on the schedule until we had the right creative team, and Anthony and Conor are that team.  They are intimidatingly smart... and you would have to be to write Holmes and Houdini.  Anthony and Conor have proven how well they can handle historical literary characters, and now will add an iconic real-world character, Harry Houdini, to their resume," says Dynamite CEO/Publisher Nick Barrucci.
 Artist Carlos Furuzono rounds out the creative team, though unfortunately, there's no sample art available yet. The image below is a variant cover by John Cassiday. Sherlock Holmes vs. Harry Houdini #1 debuts in October, and should be a must-grab comic when it hits the stands and your favorite digital device.