Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant

Cliff, Tony

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant
"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."--From publisher's web site.

Publisher: New York :, First Second,, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781596438132
Branch Call Number: 741.5973 Cl
Characteristics: 167 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 22 cm


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Feb 17, 2015
  • artemishi rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

is one of those graphic novels that is pure fun. The art was lush with vibrant color and fun background details, there were hilarious little onomotapeias scattered throughout, and the characters were charming. Delilah Dirk is the swashbuckling protagonist who turns every gender-based trope on its head. Selim plays the straight man, full of culture and earnestness. It's hard to say which character I loved more, but I will definitely be reading the rest in this series, when they come out.

Nov 24, 2014
  • CRRL_CraigGraziano rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Tony Cliff tells the story from timid Selim's point of view, helping to make Dirk's escapades even more daring by comparison. Cliff's artwork, most notably his use of color, beautifully complements the Turkish setting.

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May 03, 2014
  • forbesrachel rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Delilah is a traveler, a fighter, and a thief extraordinaire, and one with a very clever tongue at that. During her escape, Selim is swept away with her, but while she finds this all invigorating, he on the other hand, is out of his element. As the story is given from Selim's view, he devotes a lot of thought to this mysterious woman. While he initially follows her out of debt, the story is as much about his gradual acceptance, and eventual conscious decision to go with her. The two have excellent chemistry, as a adventurer and her side-kick; Selim brings a cool head to her impulsive nature, which helps to create respect between the two. Interspersed between these dynamic events, are quiet moments of bonding that truly define these two. The art is bright, and full of action, but the artists greatest contribution is the panels which have a perfect sense of comedic timing. Delilah Dirk is delightfully funny, energetic, and epic.

May 03, 2014
  • KateHillier rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Erdemoglu Selim enjoys tea, friendship, and a quiet life. Delilah Dirk, a prisoner he is charged with interrogating is an adventurer extraordinaire who lives for danger. Naturally, these two become travelling companions. Yes it's by accident but an accident that neither really regret. This tale of adventure, crime, friendship, and the practical points of flying boat operation will delight anyone with a fondness for a solid, fun, adventure story.

May 01, 2014
  • JCLAmyF rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I finished this and flipped back to the beginning to read it again. Best facial expressions ever. LOVE Delilah!!!!!

Apr 04, 2014
  • natalie_g rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I am not usually a graphic novel reader but, I read this one when I heard Miss Delilah Dirk described as a female Indiana Jones. I had to. Who wouldn't love that? This turned out to be a great way for me to break into the graphic novel genre. This novel seems to be more about setting the scene for future novels (I hope!). The character's are developed here and so on. I had hoped for a more substantial story line, like a really complex mission or well developed villain. I hope that all comes in more installments!!

Mar 17, 2014
  • JCLDennisR rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

What fun!

Jan 07, 2014
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A gorgeously illustrated graphic novel telling a story that might be called cliched except that its bold, uber-confident, swashbuckling thief and adventurer is a woman while the meek tag-along who's greatest talent is making excellent tea is a man. Very fun. And so, so good to look at.

Dec 04, 2013
  • Library_Dragon rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Gorgeous illustrations and great comic timing make this a lovely read for all ages.

Nov 29, 2013
  • mvkramer rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

An enjoyable if light tale of an adventurous woman who sweeps a placid, tea-loving lieutenant into a life of adventure. Great illustrations, but I would have liked more meat.

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