Writer: Daniel Corey
Artists: Mike Vosburg & Anthony Diecidue
After two straight issues of the new story arc, The Lazarus Tree, we get to see some much needed back story on Professor Moriarty and his exploits in this region of the world. You see, it’s common knowledge that the Professor has a vast number of resources around the globe, but this issue shows us specifically how he gained those assets, and believe me, it isn’t pretty. We see how ages ago, the Professor, while teaching physics at Durham University, had a student named Morely that was eager to help, and also had the European connections he was looking for. The boy’s father was a rich industrialist that basically owned the city of Kingston, Jamaica. Moriarty wanted the boy to run his office in Bombay, but he told the professor that it wasn’t possible because he was to return to Kingston upon graduation to take over his father’s business. This of course was unacceptable for Moriarty, so he set off for Kingston in search of the boy’s father. I think it goes without saying what the dear Professor’s intentions are, doesn’t it?
Another rock solid issue from Daniel Corey here. He really dropped this story right in the middle of the current situation, and his timing is impeccable. It was an issue full of back-story that was a much needed break from the last two issues. Don’t get me wrong, the last couple issues were good, but things were definitely slowing down a little for sure. The artwork was mostly Mike Vosburg, and he did a fantastic job. I loved page ten in this book. It was a shot of Kingston that showed a seedy looking street. I know it doesn’t sound like much, but it really encapsulated what Moriarty and one of his goons were talking about at that point perfectly. Don’t let this book sit on a shelf at your local comic shop as you browse the books. Pick this one up if you’re a fan of mystery or the good Professor, because it’s a fresh take on the character that usually plays second fiddle to his nemesis Sherlock Holmes. Rating 3.5/5