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Review: Nancy Drew #1

Dynamite Entertainment takes on the classic story of Nancy Drew—created by an all-female team—Kelly Thompson and Jenn St-Ong. Thompson’s writing is effortless and well-rounded. While Farrell’s art is fun and reminiscent of a more classic newspaper comic style with a more modern twist. It’s even worth mentioning the coloring by Triona Farrell who is rather impressive in skill.

With resourceful friends, Mia and Noah, Ms. Drew takes on local high school crime. It seems our leading lady is also in high school but it’s never explicitly stated. So far there is no sign of parents or caretakers, so one is left to wonder if perhaps she is college-age. This comes into question when she finds herself drawn back to her hometown, Bayport, due to a suspect, anonymous, and threatening letter—and she is able to hop on a train without question or a care in the world.

Once in Bayport, Drew is greeted by former best friends, Bess and George. It’s incredibly refreshing to see realistic portrayals of people throughout—from plus-size friendly folk, characters of color, and LGBTQ+ friends—this story is all encompassing. While it appears this is becoming more common and normalized in the comic book community, it’s still exciting to see stories come to life without making a statement about what it’s trying to be, but simply is.

There is also a special appearance by (and spoiler alert) the Hardy boys—surely to bring about a spin-off—and the issue ends on a literal cliffhanger. It will leave you anxious, wanting more, and to see where this adventure will go. This new series will be a great gift for grade five or six and above, but overall fit for the entire family, including you comic-loving adults.

Would recommend across the board.

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