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Watson and Holmes is a four-issue Kickstarter-funded comic book released in 2013, adapted from the Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle. The comic was written by Karl Bollers, with art by Rick Leonardi.

Dr. Jon Watson is a veteran from Afghanistan who now works as a doctor at an inner city hospital in Harlem. He meets private investigator Sherlock Holmes when one of his cases brings him to said hospital. From there, the two are brought to work together (at Holmes' behest) on a case involving a missing girl. From there, they become partners and take on a whole series of cases.

Not to be confused with the film Holmes & Watson.

Watson and Holmes contains examples of:

  • Adaptational Job Change: Watson isn't a doctor in this version, and is instead a medical intern.
  • Adaptational Location Change: Combined with Setting Update, going from Victorian London to present day Harlem.
  • Adaptational Name Change: A very minor example, as Watson's first name is altered from John to Jon while his wife's name is changed from Mary to Marie.
  • Adaptational Nationality: Combined with Race Lift. In the original canon, Holmes and Watson are implicitly white Englishmen. Here, they're African-American. Also applies to other characters from the original stories.
  • Canon Foreigner: Watson has a son named Omar.
  • Dreadlock Warrior: Holmes has a head of dreadlocks, and can throw down when necessary.
  • Missing White Woman Syndrome: Invoked by the villain. He had been abducting black babies from hospitals all over the city and leaving them to die in dumpsters. It was only when he abducted a white baby in a park that the police really sprang into action.
  • Private Investigator: Holmes, like his namesake, is a private investigator who operates out of an apartment in Harlem.
  • Race Lift: Every character from the original stories are changed from white to black.
  • Setting Update: Much like Sherlock, the comic updates the characters and setting to the 21st century.