DELILAH DIRK AND THE PILLARS OF HERCULES
Written by Tony Cliff
Art by Tony Cliff, Sarah Airriess, Jarad Greene, Beth Morrell, Amanda Scurti, Brian Cliff
Published by :01 First Second
Release Date: August 7, 2018
REJOICE! DELILAH DIRK IS BACK.
Get ready, folks. I’m gonna rant a bit.
Delilah Dirk is amazing. She is, straight up, one of the greatest characters in media right now. If you haven’t spent time with this character, by reading the two previous amazing volumes of the series, then you need to make your life better right now and do that. Seriously, you won’t regret it and I’m pretty sure you’ll even thank me. I’m not bullshitting – they are that good.
All this in mind, it probably won’t shock you that I enjoyed this comic. Delilah Dirk And The Pillars Of Hercules is the swashbuckling, Indiana-Jones-meets-Pirates-of-the-Caribbean-meets-all-kinds-of-even-more-awesomeness adventure story that I love. It’s lighthearted when it needs to be, rollicking adventure at all the right times, and the story unfolds in a manner that is completely satisfying. This is a quintessential summer blockbuster read for practically all ages (more-so than this review), and Tony Cliff has crafted another winner.
Cliff is a phenomenal artist. With this group of characters being his creator owned property, there is a “Mignola Effect” where readers who are returning for this third volume will feel like they’ve come home to Cliff’s visual style. His complete control over the artistry and delivery of this story can be felt with every page, from the unique blend of artistic angles, and the way Selim’s text flows on a page. I adore that Cliff has been given the latitude to tell stories in OGN format, as the pacing of this tale is phenomenal. This OGN format lets Cliff give the right moments room to breathe, where monthly comics just cannot pace in the same manner. There are no lulls at any point, Cliff does not linger in exposition or over indulge in action at any point, and this is simply a page turner that you cannot put down.
If you’ve made it this far, you can tell I obviously didn’t enjoy reading it all that much. Just go buy the other two volumes of Delilah Dirk if you haven’t read them at this point, and then read this damn book. The Pillars Of Hercules is a fantastic read that I will revisit often, and I applaud Tony Cliff for the wonderful adventures he is giving readers with Delilah Dirk.
The Verdict: 10/10