With only one issue following, Sherlock Holmes: Moriarty Lives #4 continues to pit the famous James Moriarty against the most evil man in Switzerland. However, a vile alchemist may prove to be an even greater threat. The comic starts with a mutilated cow and rushes towards a tortured child who has been assisting Moriarty.
David Liss’s Moriarty does not come across as intelligent as previous representations in classic literature. He seems easily outsmarted and slow to act. The story line is so close to the end that this issue proves nearly impossible to just jump into without having read previous issues. Carlos Furuzono’s art work is dark, focusing mostly on faces of anger or fear.
Sherlock Holmes: Moriarty Lives #4 is not a feel good comic for the whole family. Mutilated cows, creepy images and a tangled storyline leave the reader uncomfortable. For readers that have been following the story, I advise finishing #4 and moving on to #5. I suggest no one pick up this book in the middle if they have not read previous issues.
Sherlock Holmes: Moriarty Lives #4 is available June 18, 2014 from Dynamite Comics.