Sunday, November 30, 2014

Dexter Down Under by Jeff Lindsay and Dalibor Talajic

Dexter Down Under
by Jeff Lindsay, art by Dalibor Talajic

Never having actually read any of the Dexter novels by Jeff Lindsay (nor having watched the Dexter television series, starring Michael C. Hall), I was surprised to be finding myself reading this graphic novel (a collection of a multi-issue comic book from 2012) featuring Dexter Morgan on loan to the Australian police to help solve a serial-killer case that has them stumped. I knew enough about the Dexter character -- he's a forensic pathologist who is also a serial killer himself, although he only kills other serial killers -- that I wasn't at all lost being dropped in the middle of his storyline continuity. In this Australian case, he and an attractive young female Aussie cop, investigate the disappearance and deaths of Asian immigrants to Australia, eventually stumbling on a sick "Most Dangerous Game" type of scenario. I found this graphic novel format to be fast-paced and entertaining, with excellent art. However, I sense, from what little I know of both the books and TV series, that the gruesome qualities and dark psychological suspense of both those formats, was a bit watered down for the comic-book storyline. That caveat not-withstanding, I enjoyed this read, and recommend it as an introduction to the character of Dexter. Longtime fans of the Dexter series may have differing opinions. -- recommended by Scott C. - Bennett Martin Public Library [ see Scott's Reviewer Profile and more of his reviews ]

[If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try some of the other "graphic novel" adaptations of other popular series, such as the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher, the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter by Laurell K. Hamilton, and the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs.]

[ Wikipedia page for the Dexter comic books ] | [ official Dexter book series web site ]

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