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DILLON

 
Full Name: Dillon
Nationality: Usimi Dero
Organization: None
Occupation Adventurer

Creator: Derrick Ferguson
Time Span: 2003 - 2019

ABOUT THE SERIES

       Dillon is an adventurer.
       He is, when you read all the incredible things he has been involved in and accomplished, so much more but for the most part it is safe to say he is an adventurer. He loves adventure. He craves it. Lives for it. And because of who and what he is, he gets it.
       He is also called a soldier-of-fortune but in that context he is what you would call the old-school variety in that he roams about the world seeking excitement, willing to fight if necessary to get it. He does not do what he does for the money, of course, as he is already extremely wealthy and has no need to gain more, though it has been said that if he can pocket the wealth of those he fights and vanquishes, well, he is open to that.

       He is described as "a black man with dark chocolate skin six feet four inches in height. He appears to be between thirty and forty years of age. Muscular, he's built more along the lines of a swimmer than a bodybuilder. His eyes are an unusual copper color, like that of freshly minted pennies under severe brow ridges. When angered his eyes darken to a molten gold. He is considered handsome with high cheekbones and a wide mouth. He keeps his anthracite hair cut very close to his skull in a widow's peak".
       This same source lets us know that "Dillon speaks in a well-modulated baritone, flavoring his speech with slang and expressions ranging from modern day to the 1930's. It tends to sometimes confuse those listening to him as he uses such slang and expressions indiscriminately".
       Other traits about Dillon worth noting are:
       "Despite the horrors he experienced as a boy, Dillon has grown into a man with a healthy taste for wild excitement and adventure, fueled by his curiosity and an overpowering desire to see that others do not suffer as he has suffered. Due to his rigorous and unconventional training he is remarkably disciplined even though he gives the impression that he is anything but. He has an eccentric, wicked sense of humor that he enjoys exercising on his enemies.
       "Dillon exhibits a wide narcissistic streak and it has been pointed out to him on more than one occasion that he has way too much confidence in his own abilities. In a lot of ways it can be said that Dillon is an adolescent who has never really grown up And that probably accounts for his quirks of personality. But there is no doubt that he has a high degree of belief in his abilities and what he can achieve with those abilities. Maybe too much belief as he frequently gets himself into hopelessly perilous situations just to see if he can get out of it.
       "But it cannot be denied that at heart he is a fiercely courageous man with a tremendous sense of loyalty to his friends and a desire to see that the innocent are not abused or harmed. Although it's true he hires his body out for pay he just as frequently assists the disadvantaged and oppressed without seeking recompense."

       From what we are told about his origins, Dillon was born on the island of Usimi Dero, said to be a "technological island paradise destroyed" by a powerful person named Thahali when Dillon was 12 years old. The attack that caused the loss took his father's life but Dillon and his mother were able to escape. For some time they were constantly on the run from Thahali's forces and eventually found their way to the Himalayas and the hidden city of Shamballah. We learn that his mother had been to the mythical place years before and had trained with the Warmasters of Liguria, an elite organization of master martial artists. His mother died getting him to this safe location.
       For the next seven years, Dillow remained at Shamballah training like his mother had with the Warmasters, becoming an expert in "various martial arts as well as exceptional physical and mental disciplines that forged his body into a living weapon". Then he decided that while he enjoyed learning to do the things he could then do, he wanted even more the opportunity to do them.

       So now Dillon goes where he wishes or where he feels he is needed and helps those in trouble, all the while getting the adventure that he knows he cannot live without. Along the way he accummulates a cadre of loyal friends and helpers who would give their lives for him if needed and who know he would do the same. He will also acquire an impressive list of life-long enemies, though for some that life is not that long.


Note: According to the author on his website, the chronology of events in Dillon's life (so far) is:
Young Dillon In The Halls of Shamballah
The Vril Agenda
Dillon and The Bad Ass Belt Buckle
Dillon and The Voice of Odin
Dillon and The Judas Chalice
Dillon and The Legend of The Golden Bell
Dead Beat In La Esca
Dillon and The Alchemist's Morning Coffee
Dillon and The Pirates of Xonira
Dillon and The Last Rail To Khusra
Dead Beat In Khusra
Dead Beat In The Gobi
The Specialists
Dillon and The Night Before Christmas
Dillon and The City of Stone
Dire Learning
Dillon and The Sisters of The Machine
Dillon and The Devil's Mercy
Dillon and The Night of The Krampus
Dillon and The Prophecy of Fire

BOOKS

Number of Books:9
First Appearance:2003
Last Appearance:2019

NOVELLAS AND SHORT STORIES

Number of Stories:5
First Appearance:2011
Last Appearance:2019
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COMIC BOOKS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS

Number of Stories:1
First Appearance:2013
Last Appearance:2013
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MY COMMENTS

       I knew the moment I first saw Dillon that even though he was not a spy per se, he was going to be in the compendium. He got involved in too many spy-fi adventures to not belong. He fought would-be world dominators, vanquished global annihilators, stopped revolutionaries, and probably helped out a rebel or three. I say probably because even though I have read several of the adventures of this incredible pulp hero, I haven't read them all. There are a good number of them.
       I mentioned "pulp" for a reason. Not only does that word show up everywhere anything about Dillon is written, including here, it does so because it absolutely belongs. Pulp fiction is almost by definition over-the-top action and Dillon personifies that. Some might think this a bad thing - not I. At least not when it is intended like it is here and not when it is so well executed like it is here.
       Dillon is far too awesome to be believed and just about perfect to be enjoyed. I cannot think of many readers who would put it down with a "oh, that can't happen!" Of course it can't. Which is why in the Dillon universe, it is so good when it does happen.
       Pulp adventures should be fun. Dillon adventures most definitely are.

GRADE

My Grade: A-

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