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Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant Paperback – August 27, 2013
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Gr 6 Up-The intense action on the cover promises a rollicking adventure, and the interior pages certainly deliver on that promise. Delilah Dirk has abandoned conventional court life and become a globe-trotting soldier of fortune. She is captured and held prisoner in 1800s Constantinople. Eventually she escapes, taking along the astonished Turkish Lieutenant Erdemogul Selim, whose quiet life centers around a proper cup of tea. This unlikely pair embarks on a wild journey that includes flying a ship, outwitting the Evil Pirate Captain Zakul, and escaping burning buildings. Characters vividly come to life with expressive faces and mannerisms. The bumbling, mild-mannered lieutenant serves as a perfect foil for Delilah's acerbic wit and considerable physical prowess. Her frustration with Selim's ineptitude results in recurring comical situations. Subtle humor and charming interchanges between these two unlikely companions, "Miss Dirk" and "Mr. Selim," will captivate readers. Story construction consists of three distinct threads: Selim's narration, dialogue between the characters, and engaging visuals. These three often-differing points of view are intricately woven together into a storytelling tour de force. Pacing of the tale is excellent, with tranquil moonlit nights and campfires setting up subsequent action sequences. Jewel-toned colors add to the rich visual experience. The saga concludes as the two travelers, now companions, face a future brimming with possibilities. Delilah and the lieutenant are destined to join the ranks of such classic duos as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. A scrumptious Turkish delight.-Barbara M. Moon, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NYα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
*Starred Review* Selim is used to being an overlooked and underpaid member of the Turkish Janissary Corps, but when the Agha’s men capture a prisoner—the scandalous woman who calls herself Delilah Dirk—Selim finds out the hard way that maybe he needs a little excitement in his life. Delilah is a swashbuckling heroine who will have readers constantly wondering what will happen next. Selim, on the other hand, is more reserved—longing for some tea and quiet—but once he gets sucked into Delilah’s orbit, he’s unable to resist the taste of adrenaline. Anchoring the story is Cliff’s lush artwork. Each panel brims with distinctive people and detailed settings without ever feeling overstuffed. His glowing, vibrant color palette changes smoothly, transitioning easily from warm candlelight to dusty fields to grassy farmland. One two-page spread in particular is a masterpiece of serenity, as Delilah and Selim enjoy a quiet, purple-hued night by a campfire before once more rushing into the fray, whisking readers eagerly along with them. A terrific action story for both older and younger teens and anyone else with an insatiable appetite for high adventure. Grades 6-12. --Snow Wildsmith
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a) read the graphic novel online, were captivated by the Eisner-nominated graphic novel and, like myself, could not stop the involuntary urge to purchase the novel on Amazon
b) heard amazing reviews from smart/intelligent/good-looking individuals who quite frankly, did not rave about it nearly enough
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If you have already read the graphic novel online, then you are already aware of the awesomeness that is this product. You will be happy to know that all of the art you love is printed in a high-quality, well-proportioned book. The title is printed in metallic silver text, and there is a fold-out panel on the inside cover with witty character profiles. In addition, this novel has 12 additional beautifully illustrated pages that you can't find anywhere else. And if that wasn't enough incentive to purchase this book, Tony Cliff has even stated that he might even make a second book if this one sells well. "Most importantly, there's this: the better The Turkish Lieutenant sells, the more likely it is that the book's publisher (the delightful First Second) will ask me to make a second book. Maybe even a third!" (tonycliff.tumblr.com)[Update: Good news! First Second has asked Tony Cliff for a second graphic novel! The adventure continues!]
If you've never read this book, you can check out half of the story online. It's got amazing art, dynamic characters, witty banter, camaraderie, tea, and a lot of adventure. Personally, I've read a lot of graphic novels and online comics, and this is definitely one of the best out there, if not the best. The story itself is told through the eyes of Selim, Lieutenant in the Turkish Janissary Corps, a tea connoisseur who gets swept up in Delilah Dirk's grand adventures (including some on a flying boat). Delilah is a unique, strong, and compelling female character (which don't crop up often enough) who is a well-traveled aristocrat turned pirate. Selim enjoys a simple life, but he is enticed by Delilah Dirk's daring schemes and narrow escapes. In retrospect, their relationship reminds me a lot of Watson and Sherlock (the perfect dynamic duo).
If you're a parent who wishes to encourage your child to read, this is the book to do it. Most graphic novels these days tend to be long series that mostly rely on art and action, and less time is spent on the writing/ story itself. You will be happy to know that this novel does not rely only on the art (although honestly it could), but also has a well-balanced story that complements the art beautifully. Also, despite the possibilities of future sequels, the story is also complete in this one book. Additional books would be great to expand on this story, but you do not have to worry about being left hanging at the end of Delilah Dirk.
Selim would really prefer to settle down alone in a quiet town, but he sticks with Delilah, partly out of duty and partly because everyone seems to want both of them dead. Actually, Selim might not quite admit it, but there are other benefits — adventure, flying boats, hair’s-breadth escapes, gold, tea, a beautiful woman who only almost gets him killed every few days… But will their amazing adventures end with them living lives of endless wealth or getting the pointy end of the headsman’s axe?
It’s an utterly beautiful comic. It’s a bit cartoony at times, but sometimes you turn the page and hit this astonishingly gorgeous landscape shot that completely transports you into the story.
Tony Cliff is a fantastic storyteller — dialogue, characterization, body language are all hugely entertaining. Delilah and Selim are extremely appealing and charismatic people, and it’s a real pleasure to read about them, whether they’re gambling their lives against impossible odds or just sitting around in their flying boat chit-chatting.
The action is just plain jaw-dropping. Bridges get blown up. Towers get holes punched in them. Bad guys get hit with swords and chairs, and thrown through windows, and clobbered with buckets and fists and feet and everything else they could get clobbered with. And there’s a flying boat. Did I mention that? A genuine flying boat. The action, again, is just plain jaw-dropping.
You’re going to want this for anyone who loves truly breathtaking swashbuckling adventure, for anyone who loves great comic book art, for anyone who loves fantastic female heroines and reluctant male heroes. Go pick it up, people, and do not delay.
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