The manga version of the highly popular BBC series "Sherlock," starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, will be getting an English translation and release date this June. The series, based on the contemporary adventures of renowned detective Sherlock Holmes, was an immediate success when it aired in Japan, eventually leading to a manga series of its own.
As reported by Asia Times, the first English-translated manga volume will be available from June 9. It will be titled "A Study in Pink." The manga will include new cover artworks by prominent comic artist Jay, among others.
Fans who have already read fan-translated versions of the manga will have something new to look forward to as apart from the translation, the manga will also have some never-seen-before artworks from various comic artists. According to The Mary Sue, the manga was first published by Young Ace magazine and was later followed by numerous fan translations in English over the Internet.
The official English-translation will be published by Titan Comics and will be the adaptation of the first episode of the "Sherlock" series that was also titled "A Study in Pink." Besides the original stories, the manga will also include several extra elements.
Just like the series episodes, fans will follow the story of John Watson as he will move in 221B Baker Street and meet Sherlock Holmes for the first time. Mrs. Hudson, the landlady of the house, will also make an appearance in the first volume.
In an interview with The Guardian, Titan Comics editor Andrew James talked about the experience of adapting a British series into a Japanese manga. "It's really interesting seeing such a British thing being reinterpreted in Japanese manga," James said, "It's still dynamic and full of action, but compared to American comics, there's often a quietness and reflectivity about manga."