The Most Dirk Gently-ish Line In Today's Dirk Gently #1

Today sees the release of IDW's first issue of Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, based on the Douglas Adams character from the novels, though telling new USA-set stories ahead of IDW's television adaptation of the same.

Unlike the previous TV series which tried to merge aspects of the books into the new stories they told, these are from brand new cloth. The new settings, the new characters and the speed at which the comic book tells its story may be a little disconcerting for some, and the cadence is speech does feel very different.

Except for one panel.

And it occurs after Dirk Gently has stepped off the plane with the "wrong" luggage, which will turn out to be the right luggage he needed all along, in the right place like a pandimensional game of Cluedo. And though he behaves to all and sundry that it is his, some are less sure.

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That is pure Douglas Adams isn't it?

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency #1 is published today by IDW and available in all good comic shops, and a couple of bad ones too probably.

Comics courtesy of Orbital Comics, London. Currently holding an exhibit of the work of Declan Shalvey. And where, on Saturday, James Eatock will be signing Dark Horse Comics' The Art of He-Man along with all-new issues of Cereal Geek.

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About Rich Johnston

Head writer and founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world. Living in London, father of two. Political cartoonist.

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