Ardent comic readers have been acquainted with the globe-trotting and adventurous Delilah Dirk since 2007 when she was introduced in the short story, “Delilah Dirk and the Treasure of Constantinople” and later reappeared in “Delilah Dirk and the Aqueduct” which was part of an anthology. Now the exuberant Miss Dirk has her own graphic novel, “Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant”, and readers will certainly hope that this is the first of many adventures shared by Delilah and her new found friend, Erdemoglu Selim, the titular Turkish lieutenant.
Mild-mannered Selim is the polar opposite of the treasure-stealing firecracker he finds himself traveling with, where Delilah wants adventure and intrigue Selim would rather appreciate a fine cup of tea and chat quietly with friends, and yet, her arrival in Constantinople brings them together and makes for an enjoyable journey with strange bedfellows.
This thin, but action-packed tome from creator Tony Cliff is an enjoyable romp that finds the newly formed dynamic duo on the run from a sultan, sailing through the skies and duking it out in the countryside, even as they realize their newly-formed companionship is exactly what each of them needs.
Delilah exists at the intersection of Indiana Jones, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Robin Hood, with just a hint of Hermione Granger for good measure. In her Cliff has created a heroine who is witty, fun and frankly, bada**, and with the arrival of Selim, the tale enjoys tremendous balance between the two extremes of their characters.
Those who enjoy adventure tales wrought with a sense of history and a sense of humor will have a fine time tagging along for the misadventures of Delilah and Selim. And now is a great time to get hooked, as author Tony Cliff’s Tumblr contains a nifty shot of all of the assembled thumbnails of the sequel, tentatively titled, “Delilah Dirk and the Blades of England”.