- NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has written his own comic book series
- Series focuses on Mycroft Holmes, the older brother of Sherlock Holmes
- New series is called Mycroft Holmes and the Apocalypse Handbook
- Abdul-Jabbar discussed first volume of the five-issue series at Comic Con
- The goal is to tell Mycroft’s back story and his relationship with Sherlock
Valerie Edwards For Dailymail.com
16:29 EST, 23 July 2016
16:36 EST, 23 July 2016
NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has written his own Mycroft Holmes comic book series that he showcased at the San Diego Comic-Con.
Last year, Abdul-Jabbar co-wrote Mycroft Holmes, a novel about Sherlock Holmes’ older brother, with screenwriter Anna Waterhouse.
And now, the NBA great has given Mycroft, who was revealed to be slightly more intelligent than Sherlock, his own five-issue comic book series, according to USA Today.
NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has written his own Mycroft Holmes comic book series (right) and showcased the first volume of the five-issue series at San Diego Comic-Con 2016
The series portrays Mycroft (above, file photo) as a ‘diffident, brilliant’ young womanizer as he takes on a mission to stop a madman
In an interview at Comic-Con in San Diego with Jon Schnepp (left), Abdul-Jabbar (right) said the graphic novel is ‘doing pretty well and it’s going to be in five issues’. He added that the comic book series will flesh out Mycroft’s whole origin story and what his relationship with Sherlock was like
The new series called Mycroft Holmes and the Apocalypse Handbook, portrays Mycroft as a ‘diffident, brilliant’ young womanizer as he takes on a mission to stop a madman.
In an interview at Comic -Con with Jon Schnepp, Abdul-Jabbar said the series was doing really well and it will ‘be in five issues’.
The first volume of the comics published through Titan Books were released during Comic-Con.
When asked how he got involved with the project he said: ‘I always was curious about Mycroft, just what his back story was and I let my manager talk me into it.’
He added that the comic book series will flesh out Mycroft’s whole origin story and what his relationship with Sherlock was like.
Abdul-Jabbar said the main difference between the two characters is that Sherlock let’s the crimes happen and then goes after the bad guys; whereas, Mycroft tries to figure out ways to prevent them from happening.
Since he was a child, Abdul-Jabbar has been a fan of Sherlock Holmes and Arthur Conan Doyle.
He told USA Today that in the comic ‘Mycroft is much more swashbuckling and over the edge’ compared to the book.
Abdul-Jabbar co-wrote the Mycroft Holmes novel with Anna Waterhouse last year. Along with his new graphic novel, Abdul-Jabbar is also doing a book of his political writings called Writings on the Wall
‘When I was a kid, I used to watch the Basil Rathbone series. I didn’t find out [Sherlock] wasn’t a real person until I read The Red-Headed League in high school,’ he told USA Today.
He said that he got hooked on crime fiction after being given a compilation of Doyle’s stories.
And because there was so little written about Mycroft, Abdul-Jabbar said he thought he would be a great fictional subject.
He said one of the goals for the series is to determine how Mycroft got to be the way that he is portrayed by Doyle.
‘Arthur Conan Doyle says he’s at least as smart as Sherlock and his deductive reasoning is every bit the equal of Sherlock’s, but his lifestyle is much different.
‘He’s sedentary. He only goes from his office to his apartment to his club’ in Doyle’s stories. ‘So, how did he get like that?’
Along with his new graphic novel, Abdul-Jabbar is also doing a book of his political writings called Writings on the Wall.