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NBA Star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar To Pen Mycroft Holmes Comic Book

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Most people may know Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as an NBA legend, but he's also many things. His most recent pursuit? Comic book writer.

Teaming up with novelist Raymond Obstfeld, Abdul-Jabbar will be writing Mycroft Holmes and the Apocalypse Handbook, a five-issue comic book series to be launched by Titan Comics in August. It will also feature art from Joshua Cassara.

Mycroft Holmes and the Apocalypse Handbook will follow Sherlock Holmes' older brother as he travels around the globe hunting down a madman intent on destroying civilization with "seemingly impossible technology." The mission, however, may be of greater importance to the British government as the madman has no qualms about disrespecting the Queen. Mycroft simply won't allow that!

This is not the first time Abdul-Jabbar tackled Mycroft Holmes. In September 2015, he also wrote Mycroft Holmes, a prose novel for Titan's book line. The NBA star worked on that with screenwriter Anna Waterhouse, telling the tale of Mycroft's first big adventure in service of the Queen and his country after he left the halls of Cambridge University.

The first issue of Mycroft Holmes and the Apocalypse Handbook will be available digitally and in comic book stores on Aug. 3. Other comic book titles released by Titan Comics include Doctor Who, Penny Dreadful, Assassin's Creed, Heroes: Godsend, Deus Ex, Dark Souls, Blacklist, Independence Day, Penguins of Madagascar and Puss in Boots.

The last time many people have seen of Mycroft Holmes was in "The Abominable Bride", the special Sherlock Holmes episode that helped tide over fans with the wait for the show's fourth season.

The older Holmes, played by Mark Gatiss, can definitely be expected to be part of season 4, but it is not clear when the season will actually premiere. There is comfort in knowing, however, that filming for the season began in April. That at least ensures that a fourth season can indeed be expected.

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