graphic novel, historical fiction

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

Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff

Title: Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant
Author: Tony Cliff
Publisher: First Second
Length: 176 Pages, Paperback
Genre: Graphic Novel, Historical fiction
Rating: 4 folded pages

Lovable ne’er-do-well Delilah Dirk is an Indiana Jones for the 19th century. She has traveled 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, Tony Cliff’s Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant is a great pick for any reader looking for a smart and foolhardy heroine…and globetrotting adventures.

Review:Inside art the graphic novel
I picked up this graphic novel solely because I LOVED the artwork on the cover and let me tell you the rest of the art in the book did not disappoint. There were so many scenes that were absolutely striking. Cliff’s attention to detail and color in this graphic novel is stunning. I felt I could pretty much ignore everything else because his artwork was pretty but I didn’t really have to. I took a picture of one of my favorite scenes to show you because I didn’t think the book cover did Tony Cliff’s art style enough justice.

The story, although nothing extremely complex or fancy, was cute and heart-warming. Selim learns about himself and what he wants through his friendship with Delilah. It was a quick read (I think it took me maybe an hour) and it was super adorable. I loved watching their odd friendship blossom on page and in the artwork.

I can’t wait to pick up the other novels in this series. I want to see more of Delilah and Selim and their friendship. Cliff builds their characters so perfectly with only the use of dialogue and pictures and yet I still feel like I got to know both of them quite well. I’m definitely going to be on the look out for more works from Tony Cliff and I’m super excited to continue this reading about Delilah Dirk.

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