Graphic novel, with art by Paul McCaffrey. First published by Titan Comics as a creator-owned 5-issue comic, with issue #1 on sale Feb. 2020. Graphic novel trade omnibus out March. 2021.`
“Propels an ensemble of historical figures and literary characters through a knotty and thrilling plot packed with intrigue and visceral action, illustrated with a keen eye for historical detail.” – Library Journal, Starred Review
“This thrilling comic bursts with reimagined period characters… with strong crossover appeal, as well as twists and derring-do aplenty.” – Publishers Weekly
“Feels fresh throughout. … Adler is pure entertainment.” – Foreword (5*)“The rapid pacing of the story leaves you breathless from enjoyment, the exited bombast of explosion, gunfire, and murder is deliciously overt and there’s a unique thrill to seeing more modern sensibilities overlaid on classic figures … Ridiculous and riveting, Adler is a (penny) dreadfully fabulous story” – SciFi Now“A wonderful take on historical fiction. The fictional characters from various forms of literature and historical figures are breathtakingly brought to life in this greater-than-life journey” – the Fandom Post
Cover A by Butch Guice
1902. Wounded in the Boer War, Jane returns to London and meets noted adventuress Irene Adler. The two decide to room together – but Adler is under threat from enemies both hidden and known.
ISSUE #1 REVIEWS
At its core, Tidhar’s approach to Adler reminds me of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, but doing away with the boys’ club attitude and aiming to showcase what the girls of history & classic literature can do on their own… [artist Paul McCaffrey] does a great job in setting the mood of any given scene. Villains lurk in the shadows, street lights glow through the London fog, and there’s hardly a panel I can find on a second look-through that doesn’t have something going on in the background to keep the eye moving… If the goal of a creative team is to wrap up the first issue leaving readers hungry for more, I think we can call Adler a win.” – thePullBox.com
“At its finest, Adler #1 is a delightful penny-dreadful” – Comic Watch
“[Will appeal] to anyone who enjoys stories centered around smart women who don’t let society get in their way. With complex artwork and a story that puts a unique spin on some of the 19th century’s greatest literary heroines, this is one adventure you’ll want to sign-on for.” – Kabooooom!
“[The art is] engaging, entertaining and breathtaking, thanks to the stylings of McCaffrey, who’s artwork always sings the most when he’s coloring his own… [the story is] a delight to read and one that fans of Victoriana, steam punk, gothic literature and good comics will want to pick up.” – Comicon.com
“An exciting adventure story… Set at the turn of the last century with an almost all female cast, creators Lavie Tidhar and Paul McCaffrey invite readers into a spectacular but dangerous world with a touch of the steampunk aesthetic… the dialogue sparks with life and brings the characters to life in a fun, exciting way… Tidhar brings together an exciting mix of fictional characters, with a few hints at others let to come. He also creates a wonderful comradery between the women, filling the script with as much humour as there is action… The artwork is enchanting with beautiful design work… Adler is a fun and playful historical-ish adventure story. ” – Monkeys Fighting Robots
“Some brilliant artwork… The writing in this comic is wonderful.” – SciFi Pulse
“I love everything about the concept… I really loved Tidhar’s take on these classic female characters… The art in this book can only be described as beautiful. Artist McCaffrey’s character designs are gorgeous… Adler checks all of my boxes of what makes for a great story. Strong female lead characters? Check. Alternate history take on classic characters/events? Check. A fearsome villain? Check. An intriguing mystery? Check. Stunning and unique art style? Check. With all these exciting aspects combined together, I cannot wait to see where the mini-series goes from here.” – Outright Geekery
“My only complaint about the comic is that it ended too quickly in issue one. Yes, it was a full length comic, but I wanted more of the story. This is a comic that will definitely stay in my reading rotation. World Fantasy Award Winner, Lavie Tidhar, is the writer. He definitely knows his literature references and I’m here for it. Artist Paul McCaffrey does impeccable work and his coloring is divine.” – FanGirlNation
“A highly entertaining read.” – Quirky Cats Comics
“A nerdfest for anyone who enjoys Victorian literature… Adler #1 is wonderful first course into Lavie Tidhar and Paul McCaffrey’s female-fronted world of Victorian character crossovers.” – Graphic Policy
“Acts as a love letter to the famous women of late Victorian era literature… While the many hues of the daylight hours may almost trick readers into falling for the beauty of Adler #1, the seedy underbelly of late Victorian London is on full display… Adler #1 is both educational and entertaining.” – Multiversity Comics
“We loved Adler #1!” – Pop Culture Squad
“I truly loved Adler #1… this comic has found a brilliant apex of something new and something familiar to reel in and keep readers interested.” – ComicBookMovie.com
Cover A by Christian Ward
A desperate Madame Curie sends papers to London with the help of a young orphan. A new enemy proves herself ruthless. Jane learns more of Adler’s past.
ISSUE #2 REVIEWS
“The high-quality artwork from Paul McCaffrey continues to impress with some fantastic drawings of London in 1902 that look so good that you actually feel you are there… Writer Lavie Tidhar continues the story in such a way that you are totally sucked in.” – Sci Fi Pulse
Irene Adler and her team of Victorian heroines encounter a mysterous villain, even more dangerous that Moriarty!
ISSUE #3 REVIEWS
“Another magnificent issue in this under-rated and over-looked series.” – Comicon.com
“The story is starting to pay off in really thrilling ways, especially if you’re a fan of big, pulpy adventure story high concepts. From the beginning of the series, writer Lavie Tidhar and artist Paul McCaffrey clearly sought to replicate that pulp adventure feel, and the book reads a bit like a Saturday matinee serial in that way, leaving every issue on the edge of something thrilling that’s waiting for you just behind the cover of the next installment. What makes Adler work, though, beyond that sense of recreating something we feel like we know, is the ambition of the piece, something that issue #3 showcases to great effect. There’s something massive at work behind the mash-up hook of this story, and the more you read the deeper into that sense of scale you get. It’s an addictive feeling, and it makes me want to know what happens next.” – Syfy.com
“Quickly shaping up to be a classic.” – Graphic Policy
“Turn of the century London is brilliantly brought to life… continues to hit all the right notes.” – SciFi Pulse
Irene Adler and her team of Victorian heroines encounter a mysterious villain, even more dangerous that Moriarty!
ISSUE #4 REVIEWS
“Paul McCaffrey continues to turn the heat up with some sizzling artwork… [He] absolutely nails giving this comic a visual identity that gels brilliantly with the diabolical plotting powers of its author… I love the quick and witty dialogue… This book continues to be the main event on my monthly calendar.” – SciFiPulse
“There are many wonderful things about Adler, including fun steampunk art and a high stakes script with its heart in female empowerment.” – Women Write About Comics