Review: Goldie Vance #1
Goldie Vance, BOOM! Box’s new series from writer Hope Larson (A Wrinkle in Time) and Brittney Williams (Patsy Walker, AKA Hellcat!), is a story every mystery lover will wish they had as a kid. The pilot issue is fun, bright, charming, and perfect for mystery aficionados of all ages.
In the first issue, we meet Goldie Vance, a 16-year-old detective with a nose for trouble and the sleuthing instincts of Miss Marple. Goldie works at her father’s resort in Florida as a valet, and has a wide knowledge of and interest in cars. She’s an endearing main character who combines the best characteristics of Eloise (of Plaza fame) and Nancy Drew. By the end of the issue, readers already know who Goldie is as a character–she’s outgoing and bubbly, but sticks to a distinct set of morals and values. Her sense of justice is one of her guiding characteristics and pushes her to solve mysteries for guests at the hotel.
Goldie Vance #1 sets up the character and background and establishes Goldie’s skill as an amateur detective. Because she has grown up in the hotel, Goldie has a vast knowledge of the ins and outs of the resort and a familiarity with the staff, which helps her achieve sleuthing success. While Goldie Vance #1 also introduces a larger plot, the story doesn’t feel crowded. Despite its 24-page length, it makes room for side characters, developing their personalities quickly without rushing it. The side characters are just as important to the story as Goldie is, keeping her from getting into too much trouble and providing entertaining banter. Each character is distinct, and their importance to Goldie is established immediately.
Williams’s art is perfect for the story, keeping the story interesting, visually. Her bold lines and Sarah Stern’s bright colors make Goldie Vance fun to look at, and Goldie’s expressions are instantly relatable. The comic has a charmingly retro feel to it, and a style that would translate well to animation, especially with Goldie’s enthusiasm and constant motion.
Goldie Vance is slated for a four-issue miniseries, though with such a strong and well-developed main character, it would be nice to see Goldie picked up for an ongoing series.
Story: Hope Larson Art: Brittney Williams
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Read
BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.