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Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of the Four

Words by Ian Edginton

Art by I.N.J. Culbard

Paperback, 136 pp, £9.99

"In God's name, what does it mean?"
"It means murder..."

When Miss Mary Morstan calls on 221B Baker Street, the 'utterly inexplicable' story she tells stirs the heart of Dr. John Watson – and rouses his friend Sherlock Holmes from his self-induced lethargy. For who else but London's only unofficial consulting detective could possibly solve the mystery of the disappearing Army officer, the one-legged man, his barefoot accomplice, the missing treasure chest, and... the 'sign of the four'?

This atmospheric graphic novel adaptation by Ian Edginton and I.N.J. Culbard – the team behind this series' acclaimed A Study in Scarlet, The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Valley of Fear – will keep you guessing.


I.N.J. Culbard


I.N.J. Culbard is an award-winning artist and writer.

Early collaborations with writer Ian Edginton on adaptations for SelfMadeHero (The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Hound of the Baskervilles, A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of the Four and The Valley of Fear) led on to their subsequent series Brass Sun for 2000 AD. He has also worked with Dan Abnett on original series including The New Deadwardians (Vertigo), Dark Ages (Dark Horse Comics), Wild’s End (Boom Studios) and Brink (2000 AD). Other recent projects include Everything, written by Christopher Cantwell (Berger Books) and You Look Like Death, written by Gerard Way and Shaun Simon (Dark Horse).

Culbard has produced a number of his own adaptations for SelfMadeHero, including the H.P. Lovecraft stories At the Mountains of Madness, The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath, The Shadow Out of Time and Robert W. Chambers’ The King in Yellow. Other work includes Deadbeats (with Chris Lackey and Chad Fifer) and Culbard’s first solo original graphic novel, Celeste.

Ian Edginton


Ian Edginton is one of Britain's best-known comics writers. He has worked for Lucasfilm, Paramount Pictures and 20th Century Fox to adapt Star Wars, Star Trek, Alien, Predator and Terminator properties, as well as with the H.G. Wells estate to adapt War of the Worlds for Dark Horse. He adapted Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Murders in the Rue Morgue' and H.P. Lovecraft's 'The Call of Cthulhu' (both illustrated by D'Israeli) for SelfMadeHero's graphic anthologies Nevermore and The Lovecraft Anthology, Volume I. With artist Rob Deas, he also adapted Pride and Prejudice for SelfMadeHero. In 2007, his graphic novel Scarlet Traces: The Great Game was nominated for Best Limited Series and Best Writer at the prestigious Eisner Awards.

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Reviews

"This version of the second Holmes novel is outstanding. A real treat in every way."
— Publishers Weekly
"These four volumes are among the most exciting treatments of the Holmes novels that I've ever seen – Culbard's pulpy, golden-age illustration style complements Edginton's sharp eye for pacing to great effect."
— Boing Boing