May 19, 2005
Raymond Chandler once remarked that Holmes “is mostly an attitude and a few dozen lines of unforgettable dialogue.” He is languid, aloof, arrogant, supercilious and a bipolar druggie who in “The Sign of Four” is shooting up cocaine three times a day to overcome his lassitude. He has no friends other than Watson, and Mr. Lanza notwithstanding, he is almost certainly a virgin.
Two things I love about Holmes: 1. 221B Baker Street, and 2. The necessity of Watson. Come to think of it, those are both pretty Batman-ish properties, aren’t they? Like the Batcave and, well, Robin. Makes sense: Batman is supposed to be the world’s greatest detective, very much the heir to Holmes.