Friday, December 19, 2014

Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff

Delilah Dirk #1. First Second (August 2013) Library
Lovable ne'er-do-well Delilah Dirk has travelled to Japan, Indonesia, France, and even the New World. Using the skills she's picked up on the way, Delilah's adventures continue as she plots to rob a rich and corrupt Sultan in Constantinople. With the aid of her flying boat and her newfound friend, Selim, she evades the Sultan's guards, leaves angry pirates in the dust, and fights her way through the countryside. For Delilah, one adventure leads to the next in this thrilling and funny installment in her exciting life. 
A little bit Tintin, a little bit Indiana Jones, Delilah Dirk is a great pick for any reader looking for a smart and foolhardy heroine...and globetrotting adventures.

                       

Delilah Dirk is a fantastically illustrated story about Delilah Dirk, a strong, dangerous heroine traveling with a tea loving Turkish Lieutenant named Selim. I read this a while back but I remember loving the art in this comic. All the colors are bright and beautiful. Everything comes to life on the page. 



Delilah firsts meets Selim when she decides to rob his boss. She gets herself captured and promptly escapes and fights off all the men who think she can't do anything to them because she's just a girl. Well they never faced someone like Delilah who has a bit of a weird sense of life in general. She's this thrill seeking adventurer who will take anyone on til the death but she's a bit naive like that. She's not a very dynamic character but I think that was done on purpose. I actually read more about Selim and his desires to live a normal life. 

Selim struggled with wanting to become an adventurer like Delilah but he could never keep up. It was an interesting dynamic between these two. Selim never wanted to get in the middle of Delilah's thievery. He just wanted to be alone and drink his tea. He's really the complete opposite of Delilah before he gets a taste of action. I enjoyed exploring his character more than anything in this comic. 

It's been a while since I read this but if I were you I would try reading Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant on the art alone because it's simply incredible. There is a strong story following Selim and a lot of great battles with the two of them. What's not to like?

6 comments:

  1. This looks like a fun graphic novel! Illustrated action is hard to pull off, but that doesn't seem to be an issue here. I think it's interesting and kind of cool that for once it's the guy that can't keep up to the girl!

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    1. I don't think I've had a problem with illustrated action. I think that's more the case with superhero comics. Haha! Yeah girl power! His quietness is actually a very good offset of Delilah's personality.

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  2. I love graphic novels and comic books! I don't read nealy enough of them :D

    - Love, Felicia

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    1. I agree. It's hard to find any in my library. It's either manga or comics.

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  3. I love goof illustrations and graphic novels in general. I will have to check this one out. I always like to hear from good sources about the graphic novels they like best. :) Thanks for sharing.
    ~Jess

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    1. Awwww!!! Thanks :D
      It's really good! I will never steer you wrong in the graphic novel department.

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