When legends team up, it’s… Elementary! Come January 2023, inclusive publisher FairSquare Comics releases two new titles: the second issue of its Indonesian based series Beyontopia Legends, and hit imprint Noir Is the New Black returns with two legendary characters, together again for the first time: Watson & Holmes!
ON THE CASE!
Harlem, Now. A missing girl case bring together the most famous dynamic duo in the world for the first time! Originally created by Brandon Perlow and Paul Mendoza, WATSON & HOLMES reinvents the classic detective team from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in a bold diverse way. Most of the cast is African American and the action takes place in Harlem, New York. The neighborhood is famous for being the beating heart of Black American culture for over a Century. Jon Watson is an Afghanistan war vet and works in an inner-city clinic. Sherlock Holmes is a local P.I. who takes unusual cases. Together, they can find Trina, a missing girl tied to a web of drugs, guns, gangs and even a conspiracy!
Written by Eisner Award nominated author Karl Bollers (Marvel’s X-51, Muties, Emma Frost but also a respected editor at Valiant and Bad Idea) with art by legendary artists Rick Leonardi (X-Men, Spider-Man 2099,…) and Larry Stroman (X-Factor, Alien Legion), WATSON & HOLMES is a true gem of a graphic novel.
First published by New Paradigm Studios, it won Glyph Comics Awards, was nominated at the prestigious Eisner Awards in 2014 and has been hard to find for a long time.
This new remastered edition brings the world of WATSON&HOLMES to a bigger worldwide audience through FairSquare Comics and the NOIR IS THE NEW BLACK label, distributed by Diamond Book Distributors. It comes with a brand new cover by superstar Khary Randolph (EXCELLENCE, Image Comics).
Quote from Fabrice Sapolsky, publisher, FairSquare Comics:
“It’s an honor to bring a series like Watson & Holmes to FairSquare Comics. Not only the new edition will allow a new audience to discover this instant classic, but we have big plans for these characters in the future. This is merely a hors d’œuvre, a starter, for these characters at our company. I want to thank Brandon and Paul for trusting us with these beloved characters.”
Launched in 2021 with the eponymous graphic novel anthology, NOIR IS THE NEW BLACK is now morphing into a full line of publications created by Black and African American talents. NOIR IS THE NEW BLACK PRESENTS: WATSON & HOLMES VOL. 1 is the first graphic novel in the collection and certainly not the last!
The exploration of the Mystic Universe continues in the second installment of the breakthrough anthology! Still spearheaded by Indonesian visual artist Bryan Valenza and Henry Barajas, BEYONDTOPIA: LEGENDS#2 showcases more stories reimagined from a variety of folklores and legends:
– Flores Man: Airplane crash survivors stranded on Flores Island must survive in a place with no inhabitants… or so they thought!
– Chief of MYTH: A day in the life of legendary figure Ghatot, who, in our modern world leads MYTH is a private agency for Mystical Defense, Regulation and Research.
– Stockholm: when all he experiences around him is abuse, a boy’s imagination manifests a a mysterious figure who offers… a different kind of love.
– Space Indigo: a Meta Monster hunter from Andromeda comes to explore an uninhabited haunted planet called.. Earth.
– Help: Kunyuk is a wandering boy warrior who likes to help! But this time, it seemed like he was the one who needed help from the Mystic Beasts’ attack!
– Malin & Shallot: Super villains awakening?! A research camp located in a small village in West Sumatra is turned into stone. The Wizard Squad is sent for investigation. But they’re not ready for what they’ll find!
Adventure! Horror! Emotion! Get on board, this is the Beyondtopia Legends roller-coaster!
NOIR IS THE NEW BLACK PRESENTS: WATSON & HOLMES VOL.1 TP
IN STORES JANUARY 11, 2023
164 PAGES – 6.625×10.2” FULL COLOR – SQUAREBOUND MATURE READERS.
US RETAIL: $25 – EAN: 9798985927825 – 52500
(W) KARL BOLLERS
(A) RICK LEONARDI, LARRY STROMAN, PAUL MENDOZA
(CA) KHARY RANDOLPH and WALTER PEREYRA
NOV221493 NOIR IS THE NEW BLACK PRESENTS WATSON & HOLMES VOL.1 TP
BEYONDTOPIA LEGENDS #2 (OF 3).
IN STORES NOVEMBER 2nd, 2022
Size: 6.625×10.2”. 64 PAGES. FULL COLOR. SQUARE BOUND. DELUXE EDITION. MATURE READERS
NOV221488 BEYONDTOPIA LEGENDS #2 CVR A SHAH
NOV221489 BEYONDTOPIA LEGENDS #2 CVR B MARCELLUS
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