Vehlmann and Keracoest is one of my favorite comic teams of all time. Everything they do is GOLD. It’s pretty rare that French comics get an English version. Super rare. You guys get about 0.02% of what we produce. but everything in that 0.02% is amazing. So, yes, read Beautiful Darkness. It will knock your socks off and lead you to questioning your humanity. For reals.
Honour Among Punks: Sherlock Holmes like you’ve never seen her before.
Did you know there’s a comicbook where Holmes and Watson are both women and it’s set in an alternate-history 1980s where Victorian society continued on throughout the 20th century because World War II never happened? And Holmes (Sharon) is a punk who solves punk crimes that are ignored by the police? And she has an angry punk girlfriend named Sam, who lives with her and nerdy American med-student Watson at 112 Baker Street?
Well there is! And look at this sassiness! More info at Hello Tailor
It’s almost more from Watson’s point of view than Holmes canon, because Watson-as-narrator is enthusiastic but still mostly a naiive outsider to Sharon and her girlfriend’s standoffish circle of punk acquaintances. Sharon is more of a mystery than canon Holmes, possibly because her closest emotional connection is to Sam rather than to Watson, who fills the role of well-meaning sidekick as Sam becomes more and more embittered about Sharon’s obsession with her work. The mysteries resemble classic Holmes without being direct adaptations (they investigate a forgery ring that’s somehow connected with the London punk scene; Sharon tracks a latter-day Jack The Ripper who preys only on men), and the characters frequent an underground nightclub called Baskerville’s.
I own all these comics and love them and wow I need to reread them soon.