A Spoon Too Short #4
IDW Publishing 2016
Written by Arvind Ethan David
Illustrated by Ilias Kyriazis
Coloured by Charlie Kirchoff
Lettered by Shawn Lee
The opening still has us taking a look at Dirk’s life prior to becoming the Holistic Detective. This time however he’s at University and there’s been a spot of trouble, naturally these things seem to follow him around. Once again however the General comes a calling, I was hoping we see the moment he changed his name from Svlad to Dirk but we’ll just have to forget about that for now.
This kind of makes me think of Dirk a different way though. I like his bumbling around and connecting the interconnectedness of it all. Him have psychic powers well that’s less interesting to me than seeing the way he goes about stuff. Though he himself denies ever having the ability to begin with it’s now in my brain, never to leave and to always see that in play when he’s working.
Since they met anyone could see that Tamasha and Madluck had a mutual attraction to each other. So fully love the fact that Arvind did what he did here. Yes it was nice that Dirk was brooding on the past and talking to the pair like a normal person all the while plying with natural aphrodisiacs. I do like the characterization here very much as it goes beyond what you’d expect and it’s kind of funny to watch play out as well.
So the fact that these two find each other attractive and then finally figuring out themselves, with a little help from a friend, was marvelously done. Ilias did a nice number on showcasing arousal without being profane or dirty about it and that’s hard to do. I’m really impressed with how that came out actually. Also the way the love making is done here is equally as impressive that it shows us what’s going on without it being graphic so there’s still our imagination in use. Incredibly classy and well done.
Then what happens well oh thank goodness Dirk is who he is because this is why we love his adventures so gosh darn much. With the adventure concluding next issue we finally get to see some of this start to make a bit of sense. As Dirk’s plan unfolds and his unknowing accomplices suffer briefly from the voiceless effect you could ask for a more perfect illustration from Ilias. The band, the music, the chase and the capture were so within the realm of character here that it was unbelievably fun to see.
I can’t wait for next month’s conclusion as we see who, learn what and why these voiceless instances have been happening.
That IDW is keeping the spirit of Douglas’ character alive and well like this brings joy to the world. There isn’t enough light hearted laughter and joy and anymore so this is a most welcome distraction.