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Pre-Crossunder Madness: Dirk Gently: The Salmon of Doubt #1

Written by Jon James on Wednesday, October 19 2016 and posted in Reviews

Pre-Crossunder Madness: Dirk Gently: The Salmon of Doubt #1

Wait, if it's in the past of the series starring Elijah Wood, does that mean we get to see baby Frodo? Come on! It'd be just like The Good Son all over again!

Source: IDW Publishing

Writer: Arvind Ethan David
Artist: Ilias Kyriazis
Colorist: Charlie Kirchoff
Publisher: IDW Publishing

Dirk Gently: The Salmon of Doubt #1 seems to be setting up for what I assume will be the first crossover of the past of a comic book adaptation of a series of novels with the past of a TV show adaptation that hasn't come out yet of the same novels, or as I am calling it, a Pre-Crossunder. Feel free to use that.

If you aren't following, I don't blame you. After all, it is Dirk Gently and he and his non-Euclidean hairdo don't exactly keep it real.

In the latest run of comics inspired by a series of novels by Douglas Adams, Dirk Gently, Holistic Detective gets a little more meta. Confronted with memories of a childhood that isn't his, Dirk seeks out a time-travelling acquaintance to figure out whose memories he is recalling. 

As usual, wacky existential hi-jinks are the norm, from a horse out of ancient Rome to a universe-shifting cat to a bathroom time machine. Unfortunately, Dirk's 'assistant' (pro tip: she's not his assistant, and DO NOT call her that) has developed romantic feelings for him. We shall see in future issues whether this plays out into another stale love plot or develops into something more bizarre as would befit the unusual detective.

The art is fluid and dynamic, and loves to play with dark shadows, forced perspective, and flexible frames. It's rare to find even a single page that is composed of a simple grid-and-gutters layout, yet the pages are always clear to follow. It also makes excellent use of the secondary color palette I am so fond of, especially in scenes where weird things are happening, which helps play up the deviation from normalcy.

Overall, as is typical of Issue #1s, this issue spends a lot of time setting up the events of the story arc, and we are left to wait until later to find out if it pays off. Still, it's an enjoyable comic, and if the last Dirk Gently series is any indication, it should be a lot of fun going forward.


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About the Author - Jon James

Jon James writes a lot of weird shit his mom isn't allowed to read. To see some of this weird shit, check out his website at jonjameswrites.com. Or, if you want to hear someone else reading it to you, check out his podcast, We Write Weird Shit on iTunes, Youtube, or RSS. He lives in Lansing, Michigan where he constantly changes interests, genres, and media in a frantic search for something he'd rather not think too much about.
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