is unique among the many recent retellings of A.C. Doyle
’s famous detective, for better or worse depending on your tastes, because it takes familiar characters and story elements and places them in a completely new or reimagined context. While playing it fast and loose with what’s familiar might alienate some, one thing this freedom does allow Elementary
to do—and do well—is give us more interesting, fun, and complex female characters to revel in.
“Well as far as the story goes, it's about, uh, avoiding haters,” jokes Liam Purdy
, author and illustrator of the indie comic Cavalier
, a slice-of-life short-story which follows ostracized ballerina Pen on her transformation from gangly bully to self-confident dancer. “It’s a story about being able to depend on yourself and enduring the problems in life that you can't change.”