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Comic Book / Watson and Holmes

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Watson and Holmes is a Kickstarter-funded comic book by Karl Bollers and Rick Leonardi.

Like the inspiration, Holmes is a private detective, and Watson is his assistant. That's the only similarity they share, though. In this adaptation, Holmes and Watson are black and live in the Harlem district of New York City.

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

The comic was released in 2013.


Watson and Holmes contains examples of:

  • 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: Both Holmes and Watson are African-American, as opposed to the original Anglo-Saxon British duo.