"Part Five: The Earth Shall Give Up Its Dead": London is completely overrun by the undead as Professor Moriarty takes his residence in Buckingham Palace and ruling an entire army of zombies.
Appearing in "Part Five: The Earth Shall Give Up Its Dead"
- Sherlock Holmes
- Doctor John Watson
- Mycroft Holmes
- Prime Minister Lord Bellinger
- Trelawney Hope
Synopsis for "Part Five: The Earth Shall Give Up Its Dead"
London is completely overrun by the undead as Professor Moriarty takes his residence in Buckingham Palace and ruling an entire army of zombies.
Meanwhile, Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson are relocated to Windsor Castle, where it is being use as a command center by the British government. They are then granted an audience with Lord Bellinger, the Prime Minister. Lord Bellinger already knows from Mycroft about his brother's leads on Moriarty's machination of the undead and wants to know more from Sherlock about the mad professor. Holmes explains everything he knows about Moriarty by summing him up as a complete vile madman who shows no mercy or remorse. Thus there is no chance of reasoning with him. Sherlock in turn question Lord Bellinger on what is happening right now.
Bellinger answers that the state of London is losing to the undead and suspects that they are being led. Furthermore, Bellinger reveals that since the first zombie outbreak forty years ago, Britain had anticipated another outbreak but only because after previously discovering foreign agents attempting to steal the undead remains for their respective nations, whom they had heard of the previous outbreak, in a apparent attempt to cultivate the undead virus as a weapon. As of now Moriarty holds the ultimate and deadly biological weapon in the world.
Holmes then implores the Secretary of State Trelawney Hope about the current undead expansion in London, which he explains it is growing exponentially as containment is thinning out. Upon hearing this, Holmes strongly suggest the option of using incendiary weapons in wiping out the undead block by block at the cost of burning London to the ground. Everyone is shocked by his suggestion, but Holmes states that it is the only choice in destroying the undead from gaining hold of Britain and spreading their contagion to the entire world.
As forewarn by Holmes, he is proven right. At London's Westminster Bridge, the undead had breached through the defense perimeter after allowing their numbers to slip through by walking under the Thames River.
That night, Holmes and Watson are inform by Mycroft that the Prime Minister has authorised his brother's plan in having warships to bombard London in response to the undead that breached Westminster Bridge. But Sherlock is aghast to learn that the government intends to let Moriarty be burn along with London rather than having him dealt with directly. However, Mycroft already expects his brother's determination and has a fast carriage waiting and launch at a dock that will take him into London to face Moriarty. But Watson then admits to Sherlock that he refuses to go with him as he is too frighten to go into the city filled with the undead. Though Holmes understands Watson's refusal and will not drag into this unwillingly.
But at the last second Watson goes with him as he had sworn not to leave his best friend ever since he left Sherlock alone to face Moriarty. While on the way to the launch Sherlock implore his brother of why Trelawney Hope, the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, became tasked in tactical deployments. Mycroft explains that it is a part of a contingency plan should London ever be gripped in an uprising. If a vital ministry is compromised, its powers are devolved to another. The Home Secretary and his staff were devoured by the undead, and his powers were automatically transferred to Hope. Mycroft then question Sherlock of how he will find Moriarty. Sherlock simply replies of retracing Colonel Moran's footsteps.
Holmes deduced from the distinctive yellow clay soil found on Moran's footwear, which comes with traces of animal blood and sawdust, which traces to Whitechapel's only dockside slaughterhouse. He and Watson enter the slaughterhouse and indeed find traces of Moriarty's presence. Also peculiar is the amounts of decapitated heads found in Moriarty's laboratory. Suddenly, Moriarty appears before Holmes and Watson, but more apparently alive than undead.
- This book was first published on March 23, 2010.
- Lord Bellinger and Trelawney Hope, who was mentioned earlier in issue one, appeared in the 56th Sherlock Holmes story The Adventure of the Second Stain which sets in 1888, 10 years before the events of Victorian Undead. As shown in this issue, Lord Bellinger and Holmes are well acquainted with each other.
- The zombies that literally walk under the Thames River to the other side of Westminster Bridge is similar to a scene in Land of the Dead, in which zombies cross under a river to reach a human city.
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