Dirk Gently’s methods are certainly unorthodox, and his case solving methods in A Spoon Too Short are no different. As a Holistic Detective, Dirk believes everything is connected; he’s usually right. When a nurse friend of his let’s him know about a strange case, he leaps into action. After a vacation to Africa, and entire family is unable to communicate. This means being unable to speak and writing only gibberish. Soon another young lady comes to his office to tell him about a tribe in Africa that is unable to speak. Dirk is off and running.
For those who have never read Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams, think of the character as an even more smartass version of the 11th Doctor on Doctor Who. Brilliant and constantly plotting, Dirk often keeps what he knows off the table until others absolutely need to know. He assumes everyone is there to be his assistant. A Spoon Too Short gives readers a peak into his unorthodox upbringing as well, providing odd glimpses of a small boy with unruly brown hair and a scary level of intelligence.
A Spoon Too Short is enjoyable, if not a bit racy. There is a sequence where Dirk has to get two characters to engage sexually, and the artists are not shy about doing a clothed crotch shot of a male character. It was a bit surprising. I will admit, this comic was already not something young children should read.
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency: A Spoon Too Short is available from IDW Publishing September 20, 2016.