IDW Publishing 2015
Written by Chris Ryall
Penciled by Ilias Kyriazis
Inked by John Livesay
Coloured by Leonard O’Grady
I can’t sum this up any other way than than think of Don Knotts playing Sherlock Holmes. That’s really what it feels like to me. It’s kooky, fun and full of sheer happenstance detective work that all seems to come together at the end. In the meantime it’s just fun to watch how Dirk gets involved and inadvertently surround himself by the very people essential to solving whatever crime he’s investigating. If you’ve seen the BBC series then you’ll understand that Chris has nailed the essence of this character and this book. He’s really embraced what I feel the character is about and it’s one of those rare truly fun reads.
So last issue the revived Egyptian mummies were found to be draining the life force of the party goers that Dirk inadvertently picked up during his walkabout. People fleeing left and right and Dirk decided to take the stairs to the lobby. There he ran into Hamisch being seduced and almost killed by the woman whose bag Dirk had mistakenly taken from the airport. Once again this whole murder scene in the stairwell is a scenario she chose to emulate another murderer Kate Farmer. That this pair of murder re-enacting psychopath’s on Dirk’s tail while he’s in the midst of an Egyptian revival is exactly why this book is so much fun.
One of the ways that things generally tend to work for Dirk are portrayed extremely well here as said woman from the stairwell bursts into the lobby bent on taking out Dirk but ends up getting into a fight with Neferhotep. While Craig sees all that’s happened and happening and is having second thoughts about staying with his ever-more-megalomaniacal friend. Deciding to join Dirk and company to help stop him. It’s really the way these series of events unfold for the reader that make is engaging and enjoyable as it is.
Kate’s entrance as C.I.A. Agent who now has to take a more direct role in the case and her history with Dirk well that’s just another example of his theory of connectivity. Though I have to admit I love her surveillance technique. Her current boyfriend well that’s something else that falls decidedly into the realm of Dirk’s complicated life.
I’m such a huge fan of how Chris has been able to be so true to Douglas Adams creation here. This really is something unique, fun and wholeheartedly entertaining. He’s not alone in making this work however as Ilias, John and Leonard do some absolutely incredible work bringing it all to life visually. From Dirk’s look and his decidedly Elvis appearance to those of the people around him and subtle things that these characters do it’s all just in your face fun. I mean c’mon there is some great kind of hidden you need to pay attention things going on with some of these characters.
Hopefully this will inspire reader to seek out the original books from Adam’s and enjoy the misadventures of Dirk Gently. I love that comics can be a gateway back to reading to novels through adaptations like this one. This is also another reason why i’m a fan of IDW and the books they bring us.