Monday, May 6, 2019

Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant - Tony Cliff

Summary: 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. (image and summary from

My Review: Delilah Dirk is one of the most fun and adventurous graphic novels I've ever read.  This first adventure introduces us to the swashbuckling heroine as she uses her skills and wit while traveling the world to cause mayhem and good.

I love this character--she is hardcore and doesn't give a toss about what people think of her.  She loves swords and causing trouble, and she's good with both.  Deep down, too, she also has a good heart.  Equally delightful is our other main character, Mr. Selim, who gets roped into Delilah's shenanigans against his will, but eventually grows to enjoy the wild life she experiences.

Mr. Selim is a great foil to Delilah, always trying to talk sense to her when she just doesn't want to hear it.  However, he too gets caught up in the explosions and chaos because wherever Delilah goes, those sorts of things follow.  They also have fantastic banter with each other.

Cliff's art is also vibrant and dynamic, and you can feel the adventure and action as the panels carry the story along.  The facial expressions are great, the color and the scenery--it's a very immersive world, and a whole heckalot of fun.

My Rating: 4.5 Stars

For the sensitive reader: some language and violence

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