DIRK GENTLY’S HOLISTIC DETECTIVE AGENCY The Gentle Touch
With his reliance on twists of fate, Douglas Adams’ Holistic Detective probably isn’t the PI for you if you aren’t fond of convenient coincidences.
Designed as a prequel to a proposed new TV series, the first issue of Chris Ryall’s comic opens with Dirk fetching up in San Diego in the cargo bay of an aircraft. The plot, involving a couple of married serial killers and a pair of ancient vampire mummies, has no real sense of threat, but it’s hard not to like Dirk as he bumbles around the city, inadvertently becoming the guide to a group of tourists.
Designed as a fresh start, this first arc is mostly accessible to those who aren’t familiar with Dirk’s past adventures – although the surprise appearance of a couple of characters will please fans. Opening artist Tony Akins’s delicate linework is delightful, and while his successor Ilias Kyriazis’s style is cartoonier, it’s still a good fit. With Ryall’s witty, engaging script neatly emulating Adams’s distinctive prose, this is a worthy continuation of the great man’s legacy. Stephen Jewell
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