Delilah Dirk, Erdemoglu Selim, and journalist Laurens van Hassel set off on a cross-continental adventure in search of a mythical lost city.
The third volume in the graphic novel series following Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling (2016) opens in Turkey with British adventurer Delilah Dirk and her companion, Erdemoglu Selim, battling local magistrate Küçuk. Upon prevailing against the tyrant, they are recruited by sensationalist journalist van Hassel to raid an ancient tomb, a shrine to the architect of a legendary city known as the Third Pillar of Hercules. Unbeknownst to Dirk and Selim, van Hassel has been writing about their exploits, attracting international interest and the return of Delilah’s nemesis, Jason Merrick. Merrick’s vendetta against Delilah has him chasing the treasure-seeking trio to Algeria and, further enraged by van Hassel’s portrayal of him in the press, on to Gibraltar, where the discovery of the lost city has far-reaching implications. Cliff’s (Mary Bowser and the Civil War Spy Ring, 2017, etc.) art is striking in both action scenes and in the choice of color palette, used to convey place, tone, and mood. While artistically rich, this volume is limited in its development of Dirk and Selim, whose playful banter is minimized. Readers may wonder about Merrick’s fate and the outcome of his broken romantic relationship.
A solid addition to the series but does not live up to previous installments. (Graphic novel adventure. 12-18)