Thursday, September 8, 2011
“James Bond Meets Cthulhu.” So says Joel Jenkins, when he describes Derrick Ferguson's New Pulp hero Dillon. At six-four and built more like Michael Phelps than Arnold, Dillon is a handsome, even debonair soldier of fortune who uses a variety of aliases and disguises in the course of his adventures. Larger than life and confident to the point of arrogance, Dillon travels the world living a life others could only dream about, if they only knew the half of it. His unusual copper-colored eyes tend to darken into molten gold when he's angry. A master of martial arts and a modern-day adventurer with a tragic past and winning smile, Dillon really makes an impression everywhere he goes.
A true mystery man, Dillon tends to mix and mingle slang from a variety of different eras into his speech almost indiscriminately, making him seem timeless or possibly a man who has seen a lot more than his apparent age at first might lead one to suspect. In fact no one really knows how old Dillon really is, though the adventurer Brighteyes Dillinger seems pretty confident that Dillon was born on the technologically hyper-advanced island paradise of Usimi Dero, which Dillinger claims was destroyed when Dillon was only 12 years old. Dillon was spirited-away from Usimi Dero by his mother who took him to the mythical Himalayan kingdom of Shamballah after evading agents of Thahali, She Who Wears The Dress of Seven Sufferings – the super-villainess who destroyed Usimi Dero and very likely killed Dillon's father. In Shamballah, Dillon trained with the War Masters of Liguria for seven years, becoming a master of various martial arts and a range of physical and mental disciplines.
Dillon left Shamballah knowing full-well that he might not ever be able to return. His mother was the first person to return to Shamballah in nearly 500 years to find her way back a second time. She had spent a part of her own childhood in training with the War Masters herself. Dillon was not raised to be a passive couch potato; he was meant to aspire to greatness and to do great things. And thanks to author Derrick Ferguson constantly cranking up the heat and piling on the peril, he does not disappoint.
At first Dillon might sound like a black Doc Savage or Dirk Pitt, and in some respects there are a few inevitable similarities, but Dillon is no cookie-cutter remake of anyone else—this character is unique and has a distinctive personality and approach to doing things that is all his own. For one thing, Dillon is a man who has overcome a childhood filled with outrageous horrors and terrible circumstances that would leave any six other heroes whining and bawling like spoiled brats. Disciplined, but with a great sense of humor, he is sarcastic and driven to indulge his taste for adventure and danger. Dillon is very much the cool and confident master of his own destiny. He genuinely cares about the under dog and doesn't back down from a fight, even if it's against the powers of bizarre super science (Dillon and The Voice of Odin) or the unspeakable power of ancient evil guarding an artifact forged in human blood (Dillon and The Legend of the Golden Bell).
Dillon is cool. He takes on impossible odds and hopeless situations, fights dastardly villains and overcomes incredible odds. There are rocket-pack wearing bad-guys, a genetically-modified assassin (a real femme fatale!), dirigibles, maniacal super geniuses, an intriguing backstory, an awesome car (the Chrysler Chronos), and much, much more scattered throughout Dillon's adventures that have been published so far. But don't take my word for it. Go and read Dillon and voice of Odin for free over at Derrick Ferguson's blog. Yeah, that's right – Dillon and the Voice of Odin is available for Free (and of course you can buy a printed-copy as well, if you enjoy it.) Once you've read that story, then you'll want to read Dillon and The Legend of the Golden Bell, as well as the soon-to-be-published collection Four Bullets for Dillon, and start clamoring for the next book (currently in-progress) Dillon and The Pirates of Xonira like the rest of us!
If you pick up a copy of Four Bullets For Dillon this month, be sure to check out the authors' special offer over at the Pulpwork Press blog – Mr. Ferguson is offering to send a free electronic copy of the original Dillon 10-page comic story from the hard to find one and only issue of Frontier Publishing Presents 'Dillon and the Escape from Tosegio' with any proof of purchase for the Four Bullets collection. What a great deal! See the Pulpworks Press blog for details.