Graphic Novel Review: Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff

Updated: Sep 27, 2018

Rating: 5/5

Categorization: comedy, action, adventure

Length: 167 pages

Plans to continue: I will be ordering the second volume shortly

Constantinople 1805...

Despite what the title might imply, this action adventure story is told through the character of Selim, the Turkish Lieutenant--not Delilah.  Selim is an easygoing and good-natured man looking to live a comfortable life full of tea and conversation. He is also the poor unfortunate soul tasked with questioning Delilah Dirk upon her capture.

Delilah Dirk-- vagabond extraordinaire.  She is a foreign woman of extraordinarily outrageous claims.  According to her, she has traveled all over the world.  She is a member of many different royal courts.  And she is the master of 47 sword fighting techniques.

She claims to have fought:

  • 29 Sikh warriors

  • 32 conquistadors

  • 51 aboriginal Australian warriors

  • A small  pride of lions.

 "And one very large Mongolian man with a large sword, a small brain, and a bad temper"

Her mode of travel? Flying boat.

Delilah can backup her claims.  When she says she is going to escape, she means it.

Unfortunately, this does not bode well for Selim. Selim tries to clear his name of having anything to do with the escaped prisoner. But ultimately, his fate is sealed, and he has no choice but to flee along with her.

The humor in this graphic novel reminded me of three movies:

1. The Naked Gun

2. Disney's Hercules

3. Disney's The Emperor's New Groove

If any of those make you laugh, read this graphic novel!  The humor is found at all levels.  The things that happen, the things they say, and also the way information is presented.

The story chronicles the journey of these two characters as they try to survive the great big world & each other.

Will they become an unlikely pair?

How long will Selim stay at Delilah's side? 

Read it to find out!

I ended up really enjoying the art style.  It was sketchy, but detailed expressions were always on the characters faces when they were needed.

 There was great movement between the panels, which helped the action sequences come alive. Tony Cliff's background as an animator probably affords him the ability to do this so well.

Read the first few chapters here:

Thanks for reading!


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