With Further Ado #288: Brit Brilliance – Hope and Holmes

Andrew Sumner of Titan Books just zoomed into one of my Ithaca College classes, as he frequently does. Andrew is one of those guys who gets students to open their eyes that much wider – and imagine new possibilities. And like so many Brits, he does it in a way that’s fun and engaging from start to finish.

I was reflecting on a couple of other British efforts I’ve recently been enthralled with and wanted to shine the spotlight on them too.


Jimmy Broxton is a brilliant British comics artist, who, like many comic characters, uses a secret identity. (Fancy people call it a pseudonym.) There’s nothing with that. I’ve enjoyed his work on projects like Goldtiger and Vampirella, but I worry I miss much of his UK focused work.

Hope is another collaboration Guy Adams, they created Goldtiger together. So far, there are two volumes of this series, focusing on private eye Mallory Hope. The kicker is that it is set in an alternate version of Los Angeles. In the late 1940s, magic is a standard part of the things, so the “Noir Detective” game gets ratcheted up a few notches.

These are beautifully illustrated and great fun to read. Highly recommended on so many levels.

Sherlock Holmes and the Empire Builders

Joel Meadows is an accomplished professional. You may know him from his brilliant magazine, Tripwire. It’s been a fixture of the UK comics scene for over thirty years. But he’s a clever writer too!

Sherlock Holmes and the Empire Builders was a project that I backed on ZOOP, and it just arrived. Here’s a recent summary of the book:

Tripwire launches its Tripwire Comics Presents imprint with the first volume of its Sherlock Holmes and The Empire Builders: The Gene Genie graphic novel under two exclusive covers. When Watson leaves Holmes to help Francis Crick unravel the DNA helix and finds himself in the employ of England’s most evil man, Holmes is forced to team up with an unlikely group to defeat this monstrous figure and return England to its status quo. As well as a full-length comic story, the volume also includes an 8-page color section featuring art by Liam Sharp, Bill Sienkiewicz, Shawn Martinbrough, and Barry Kitson and interviews with the series creators as well as character sketches by Bennett and script pages by the writer. Sherlock Holmes and The Empire Builders is an epic alternate world sci fi adventure featuring The World’s Greatest Detective as people have never seen him before.

I backed the version with the Walter Simonson cover. The whole thing, both concept and package, is lovingly crafted and a wonderful ride.

Editor’s Notes: PCS interviewed Joel Meadows about this book and you can find that interview here.  Also, Sherlock Holmes and the Empire Builders will be distributed to comic shops and is expected in shops on 3/6/24. We have had a chance to read this book early and wholeheartedly recommend this interesting and intricately crafted crime story.

One thought on “With Further Ado #288: Brit Brilliance – Hope and Holmes

  1. You are far too kind, Professor Catto!
    Always my pleasure joining yourself and your smart & lively Ithaca students, my brother!
    As I always say: I wish Ed Catto had been MY professor 40 years ago. You are doing phenomenal work, Ed 👍🏻😃🖤🚀