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Dynamite Celebrates 90 Years of Nancy Drew… By Killing Her

Nancy Drew & the Hardy Boys: The Death of Nancy Drew

Happy birthday Nancy Drew, here’s a fridge! One of the stranger reveals so far of 2020 is Dynamite‘s Nancy Drew & the Hardy Boys: The Death of Nancy Drew which will be released in April.

In reality, Nancy Drew is not dead as the announcement teases “Nancy Drew is dead! Or so it seems…” The release has understandably angered some as on the surface the concept of celebrating Nancy Drew by investigating her death is a bit odd. It’s Nancy Drew’s story… it just so happens to star the Hardy Boys.

The series is written by Anthony Del Col with art by Joe Eisma. Both took to Twitter to address the controversy.

Del Col Tweeted “not everything is as it seems…”

While Eisma responded to a Tweet asking if they just fridged Nancy, “I promise I would never do anything of the sort.”

The full release from Dynamite hints at more than just a murder mystery:

Through twists and turns, this dark noir-infused story unfurls as the biggest Nancy Drew mystery of all time. Nancy’s mysterious death follows one of her highest stake investigations into organized crime.

Could have Nancy faked her own death or gone into witness protection due to the mob?

Del Col and Eisma are joined by colorist Salvatore Aiala and letterer Crank! for this case.

We’ll uncover the truth when Nancy Drew & the Hardy Boys: The Death of Nancy Drew comes to shelves in April.

Preview: Dejah Thoris #2

Dejah Thoris #2

writer: Dan Abnett
artist: Vasco Georgiev
covers: Lucio Parrillo (A), Amanda Conner (B), Joseph Michael Linsner (C), Erica Henderson (D), Tasha Cosplay UK Cosplay (E)
Lucio Parrillo Pencil Sketch Cover (RI-B/W), Amanda Conner (RI-B/W), Amanda Conner (RI-B/W Virgin), Tasha Cosplay UK Cosplay (RI-Virgin), Joseph Michael Linsner (RI-B/W), Erica Henderson (RI-B/W)
FC | 32 pages | Fantasy/Science-Fiction | $3.99 | Teen+

The acclaimed architect of Marvel Cosmic brings those talents to the Princess of Mars!

The epic reimagining of the world of Barsoom continues, from the minds of DAN ABNETT (Guardians of The Galaxy) and VASCO GEORGIEV (Xena: Warrior Princess). The once-powerful Dejah Thoris is an outcast, her dynasty has been practically wiped out. Yet her family survives and are determined to uncover the mysterious reasons for Barsoom’s worldwide dangers. But the powerful Jeddak would rather Dejah’s entire family be… removed…

Dejah Thoris #2

Preview: Black Terror #4

Black Terror #4

writer: Max Bemis
artist: Ruairí Coleman
covers: Rahzzah (A), Jorge Fornés (B), Brian Level (C)
Brian Level (RI-Virgin), Jorge Fornés (RI-B/W), Brian Level (RI-B/W)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Superhero Adventure | Teen+

Get into the groove…the bad groove! Terror meets his grooviest villain yet in this back flashin’, fist smashin’, non-stop action trip through the life of a criminal and back again, with justice being served left and right! Get in the groove… the BAD GROOVE!

Black Terror #4

Preview: Red Sonja: Age of Chaos #1

Red Sonja: Age of Chaos #1

writer: Erik Burnham
artist: Jonathan Lau
covers: Lucio Parrillo (A), Alan Quah (B), Cian Tormey (C), Alé Garza (D), Shannon Kingston Cosplay (E)
Derrick Chew Full Color Sneak Peek Cover (RI), Derrick Chew Monochromatic Sneak Peek Cover (RI), Lucio Parrillo Sketch Cover (RI/Virgin), Cosplay (RI-Virgin), Alan Quah “Hellfire Red” Tinted Cover (RI), Alah Quah Sketch Cover (RI/Virgin), Icon Edition Cover: John Romita, Sr. & Jr. (RI), Icon Edition Cover: Jim Lee (RI), Lucio Parrillo CGC-Graded Cover, Shannon Kingston Signed Cosplay Cover
FC | 32 pages | Fantasy/Horror | $3.99 | Teen+

The past meets the present with the future of literally everything at stake! The warrior Red Sonja has a plan to keep freshly killed wizard Kulan Gath from resurrecting himself again — but when the plan backfires, it allows a whole new kind of Chaos! to infest the Hyborean Age! Will these new beings be any easier to deal with than Kulan Gath, or has Sonja called a worse evil to her world? It’s the first chapter of a brand-new quest for the She-Devil — and it may be her hardest yet as for the first time ever, Red Sonja meets the badass characters of Chaos!

Red Sonja: Age of Chaos #1

Preview: Vampirella (Vol.5) #7

Vampirella (Vol.5) #7

writer: Christopher Priest
artist: Giovanni Timpano, Ergün Gündüz
covers: Amanda Conner (A), Guillem March (B), Fay Dalton (C), Ergün Gündüz (D), Ashlynne Dae Cosplay (E)
Lucio Parrillo (RI), Amanda Conner (RI-B/W), Ashlynne Dae Cosplay (RI-Virgin), Ergün Gündüz (RI-Virgin), Guillem March (RI-Virgin), Amanda Conner (RI-B/W Virgin), Amanda Conner (CGC-Graded Cover), Lucio Parrillo (CGC-Graded Cover)
FC | 32 pages | Horror | $3.99 | Teen+

BEACH BLANKET BLOODFEST!

While vacationing in the Caribbean with Benny the Witch, Vampirella enters the surreal world of a Voodoo Vampire King who becomes obsessed with winning her as his bride. Meanwhile, Victory, Vampirella’s estranged lover, was left behind in Los Angeles. Now she’s impersonating Vampirella for her own amusement, unaware that a newly forged team of Vampirella’s enemies is closing in for the kill!

Featuring Giovanni Timpano (Shadow/Batman, Port of Earth).

Vampirella (Vol.5) #7

Review: James Bond #2

James Bond #2

While the theft and forgery of a valuable piece of art might not seem like a logical mission for James Bond, things become clearer in the second issue. James Bond #2 slowly rolls out why 007 has been dispatched and we learn it’s something much bigger.

Writers Vita Ayala and Danny Lore have made it clear what their vision of a good Bond story is. This isn’t the over the top action of Moore, Dalton, or Brosnan. This is a story that’s more of a slower build like the Bond of Connery and Craig. It’s also a Bond that’s a bit gruffer like Craig’s depiction. He’s not all that likable, so far. Ayala and Lore deliver some teases of the smooth character that can win you over. But, this is a Bond of little words and constantly thinking.

What’s interesting about James Bond #2 is the history of Brandy that’s unexpected. She has history with M, something that’s hinted and teased but not laid out yet. She’s not a former agent but there’s something that’s key to her current business and also something that keeps her on the side of angels. It adds something to the series and takes the slow build and plot and adds enough mystery to have you wanting to continue.

The art by Eric Gapstur is good. With color by Roshan Kurichiyanil and lettering by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou, the issue isn’t one of excitement. The art team has the difficult task of making talking interesting. While some panels could be tighter in their focus, the art pacing is good. The latter half of the comic particularly brings with it some tension as Bond focuses on his mission. That tension is helped by the art. The earlier panels in the comic featuring wider open scenes work in a different way in the latter part of the comic. Instead, the wide-open rooms and halls, with little detail and items, make you wonder how Bond will sneak around as he has so little to hide behind and use.

This new volume of James Bond is an interesting one. It’s a slow build that’s intriguing in a noir/crime sort of way. This isn’t over the top action and fancy gadgets. The first two issues are good but the pacing might mean waiting for the trade or binge-reading will enhance the enjoyment a bit. It’s a slow burn that’s more reminiscent of a crime/spy prose story than anything else. Fans of Bond that’s not about crazy sets and implausible will enjoy this one.

Story: Vita Ayala, Danny Lore Art: Eric Gapstur
Color: Roshan Kurichiyanil Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation:
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Dynamite Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Undiscovered Country #3

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Bloodshot #5 (Valiant) – We’re excited for the movie and the new volume has been a lot of fun. Hop on the bandwagon now!

Green Lantern Legacy (DC Comics) – DC has been knocking it out of the park with their graphic novels for younger readers. We’re excited to see what this new takes on the Green Lantern myth is like.

Hellboy Winter Special 2019 (Dark Horse) – Hellboy is always a fun comic and the one-shot “winter specials” are always a good read to pick up and enjoy.

Iron Man 2020 #1 (Marvel) – Tony Stark is “dead” and Arno has taken over as Marvel looks to the rise of the robots in this mini-event to kick of 2020.

James Bond #2 (Dynamite Entertainment) – The first issue was good but odd as a James Bond story. Still, the theft of art is a new situation for the government agent and where this all goes has us interested in this one.

The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage #2 (DC Comics/DC Black Label) – One of the best comics to come out of DC Black Label so far. It’s quality in both storytelling and art.

Rai #3 (Valiant) – This is one of the best new series out there right now. Each issue has been amazing.

Rising Sun #1 (IDW Publishing) – Another popular board game gets a comic adaptation. It’s always interesting to see what direction these go in. As board game fans, we’re excited.

Second Coming #6 (AHOY Comics) – The first volume wraps up in this smart look at religion and hero worship.

Undiscovered Country #3 (Image Comics) – The first two issues of this series have been a wild ride. We’re excited to find out more about this isolated future America and what it’s warped in to. This is going down the rabbit hole to find a Mad Max world of possibility.

Preview: Bettie Page: Unbound #9

Bettie Page: Unbound #9

writer: David Avallone
artist: Julius Ohta, Pasquale Qualano
covers: John Royle (A), Scott Chantler (B), Jerome K. Moore (C), Matt Gaudio (D), Photo Cover (E)
Photo Cover (RI-Virgin), Jerome K. Moore (RI-Virgin), Scott Chantler (RI-Virgin), Matt Gaudio (RI-Virgin)
FC | 32 pages | Action/Adventure | $3.99 | Teen+

Model Agent Bettie Page’s mission to save the world from every type of nemesis you can think of (Elder gods, we are looking at you) continues with style, as she takes on her most dangerous foe yet!

Bettie Page: Unbound #9

Preview: Vampirella/Red Sonja #5

Vampirella/Red Sonja #5

writer: Jordie Bellaire
artist: Drew Moss
covers: Julian Totino Tedesco (A), Babs Tarr (B), Ben Oliver (C), Leonardo Romero & Jordie Bellaire (D), Shannon Kingston Cosplay Cover (E), Drew Moss “Then and Now” Variant (F)
Drew Moss “Then and Now” Variant (RI-B/W), Leonardo Romero & Jordie Bellaire (RI-Virgin), Drew Moss “Then and Now” Variant (RI-Virgin), Leonardo Romero & Jordie Bellaire (RI-B/W)
FC | 32 pages | Action/Adventure | $3.99 | Teen+

NEW YORK, 1969.

It’s trashy. It’s punk. It’s dangerous.

Vampirella LOVES it. What was it like when Vampi first got to Earth? Take a trip, with JORDIE BELLAIRE (Buffy) and DREW MOSS (Star Wars).

Vampirella/Red Sonja #5

Preview: James Bond (2020) #2

James Bond (2020) #2

writers: Vita Ayala & Danny Lore
artists: Eric Gapstur
covers: Jim Cheung (A), Jim Cheung (RI-B/W), Cheung Pencil Sketch (RI-B/W), Cheung Vintage Paperback Cover (RI)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Action/Adventure | Teen+

A fake is only the beginning…

James Bond is forced into a world he doesn’t understand.

Counterfeits, smuggling, following impossible trails to invisible villains. Can he learn to trust others for help, or will the mission leave him behind? From VITA AYALA (Morbius), DANNY LORE (Queen of Bad Dreams), ERIC GAPSTUR (The Flash: Year Zero), and ROBERT CAREY.

James Bond (2020) #2
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