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Like a James Bond of the occult--only not as suave or debonair--Dylan Dog manages to get himself in and out of trouble with finesse, while bedding a different lady with each adventure he embarks on. A self-styled "nightmare investigator," he takes on cases that normal PIs won't. Along with his assistant, Felix, a quip-spouting Groucho Marx lookalike, he tracks down some extremely dark persons (and nonpersons) for a somewhat modest fee.
Dylan Dog was created by writer Tiziano Sclavi in 1986. Originally published in Italy, the long-running series is set in London, where Dylan works as a supernatural investigator who (against type in a series like this) has a good working relationship with the police. Dylan is a former Scotland Yard investigator, and perhaps the reincarnation of the original Dylan Dog, who died in 1686.
Dylan Dog's mysteries have been published off and on over the past two decades, with Sclavi backing off and allowing others to interpret the character. The good-looking investigator has become a true star in Italy's comics publishing, as well as around the world.
Dylan Dog follows several horror tropes faithfully, but with a far more challenging and cinematic scope than most comics ever dare. The second story in this collection, "Johnny Freak," begins with 12 wordless pages, opening first with a closeup of an image we later realize is a painting, then pulling back to reveal a boy held prisoner and caged like a dog, fed slop through a small hole in a door. The pictures convey beautifully and frantically his pain and the desperation on his face when a fire breaks out is palpable.
The seven stories collected in this volume often challenge the reader in that manner, forcing careful reading and attention to detail.Read more ›
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I'm embarrased to admit I never read this collection in it's individual volumes when it was released (for the first time in english) ten years ago. In fact I'd never heard of Dylan Dog until I'd seen the film 'Cemetary Man' (starring Rupert Everat) and found it was influenced by Tiziano Sclavi's comic. The comic apparently started in the mid 1980's in Italy and had never been translated into english until these volumes came out.
Dylan Dog represents the best in classic horror storytelling. Unlike the modern horror series', Sclavi remembers what makes a great horror story series and never ceases to remind us that no matter how scary fictional monsters are it's human beings who are the scariest creatures of all.
The main character is Dylan Dog of course who's a supernatural investigator with a tortured past(ages before Harry Dresden and Anita Blake) and a side-kick named Felix who's a Groucho Marx impersonator (actually in the original Italian series the character was named 'Groucho'). The stories are equal parts horror, drama, action and comedy hijinks!. In other words everything that makes story telling great.
I think the only weak point of this particular collection is that the dialogue seems a bit dated (though the comic IS over 20 years old). It wont hinder your enjoyment, but it will be noticable.
As mentioned if you're a fan of classic horror stories or looking for a great supernatural detective series this comic is the perfect find (especially at it's low-price and 600+ pages!).
not much to add from the other review, except that dylan dog has been available in english for quite some time. it's just that they're extremely difficult to find. a friend brought me an english copy from amsterdam in 1997 and i have been unable to find any more since then. if you can, consider yourself lucky as these are excellent stories.
i'm addicted to this comic in italy and to be able to read it in english is priceless! not just because i can improve the language but also because tales are set in london, so giving the story more atmosphere...
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