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Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant (GraphicNovel, 2016, First Second) 3 stars

Lovable ne’er-do-well Delilah Dirk is an adventurer for the 19th century. She has traveled to …

Yes, swashbuckling can be lovely

4 stars

… and Tony Cliff is here to prove it in the first Delilah Dirk instalment. Not only does he manage to create a heroine so compelling you never doubt someone so out of place in the historical era could and would have stood on her own, his tale of a sheltered Ottoman officer discovering a taste for adventure achieves something rare: a tone of tenderness and subdued glee that never turns into something trite or foreseeable. This one really is a rare gem. [review note]