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Review: Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys #1: The Big Lie

nancyhardy001covcsubhackNancy Drew and Frank and Joe Hardy have had numerous incarnations over the years–Nancy has been developed for younger readers, young adult readers, and the PC gaming crowd with a successful (and ongoing) series of games by Her Interactive. The Hardy Boys have had similar incarnations throughout the years, often teaming up with Nancy in TV shows, in the Her Interactive games, and their own less successful video games.

The original Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys book series are classics that have not aged perfectly, and both series have been revised to remove content that contributes to racial stereotyping. Last year, CBS dumped the pilot of the TV show “Drew” for being “too female,” and despite numerous spin-offs over the years, Dynamite Entertainment’s new series Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys: The Big Lie is the first new media for these characters in a while.

As a child, I read and collected each of the original 56 books and read a few Hardy Boys stories, something that consumed my elementary school reading habits. Then I moved right on to Mary Higgins Clark and Agatha Christie in fifth grade, lamenting the fact that Nancy never got to solve any murders.

Nancy, Frank, and Joe will get their shot at solving a murder with Anthony Del Col and Werther Dell’Edera’s Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys. The first issue isn’t perfect, but it’s an enjoyable tribute to the original series. When Frank and Joe’s father is murdered, they become suspects. Frank and Joe must team up with Nancy Drew to clear their names and get to the heart of a murder that rocked the otherwise sleepy town of Bayport.

The story is a much more intense take on the mysteries these teenagers usually get to solve. NDatHB #1 toes the line of “gritty reboot,” but on a gritty reboot scale of 1 to Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, this comic rates about a 3.5.

Dell’Edera’s art sets the tone for a modern comic that feels vintage. Halftone and crosshatching makes the book feel like an old comic strip or book and makes the comic feel true to its source material. The art dramatizes the page with heavy shading used judiciously. It’s noir without feeling too noir for a comic about a bunch of teenage detectives.

Stefano Simeone incorporates subtle sepia tones, further enhancing the vintage feel. The colors shift well with the mood, enhancing the building anger of Frank and Joe’s interrogations and setting the tone for some tense party scenes later in the book. Simeone’s muted colors also serve to keep the story from getting too dark, literally.

The biggest issue NDaTHB #1 has is that the art and writing are sometimes at odds with one another. The decidedly vintage art style and ambiguously clothed main characters meant that I had a hard time parsing what time period this book was set in until Frank said, “Collig’s not the smartest app on the phone.” I have never heard one of my fellow Millennials speak this way and probably never will, but points for trying.

For the most part, though, the dialogue captures the sass that have gotten Frank and Joe into trouble many a time, balancing it out with more serious moments. Nancy Drew steals the show entirely, and I’m excited for her character based on her cool leather jacket alone.

The first issue of the comic wasn’t perfect, but showed a lot of promise. Mystery fans, fans of the original series, and fans of Hope Larson and Brittney Williams’s Goldie Vance will likely enjoy Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys for its vintage charm, amped-up drama, and superb art.

Story: Anthony Del Col Art: Werther Dell’Edera
Story: 6.8 Art: 9.0 Overall: 7.9 Recommendation: Read

Dynamite Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

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!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

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


Top Pick: Grass Kings #1 (BOOM! Studios) – Matt Kindt and Tyler Jenkins are delivering a series that looks like it would come from Image or Dark Horse, but instead it comes from BOOM! The publisher has had multiple great series, but this looks like the start of something new from them, and boy did they get a hell of a creative team behind this book. Kindt is one of my favorite creators, and with Jenkins on art, this series looks fantastic.

Man-Thing #1 (Marvel) – RL Stine writing a Marvel comic about that other Swamp Thing dude?! Hell yeah! It’s about time Ted aka Man-Thing got his due with a good updated comic, and Stine may just be the perfect voice for that. Let’s hope he writes more Marvel stories!

Low #16 (Image) – Remender’s had some amazing series lately, and this is another one. I cannot wait to see what the heck is going to happen since this book left on a pretty crazy cliffhanger. Time to see if what I think happened actually happened. Knowing Remender, it did.

Action Comics #975 (DC Comics) – That last Superman issue was wild. What a way to kick start the “Superman Reborn” arc. I won’t give much away, but Fake Clark Kent is something else. I mean that kind of literally. This dude doesn’t seem to be human, and just made more questions than answers.

Old Man Logan #19 (Marvel) – Lemire is leaving the series after #24, and that makes me sad. Brisson has massive shoes to fill, and I can’t wait to see how Lemire ends this with the “Past Lives” arc, but we are not quite there yet. I am always excited for Logan, especially anything from Lemire on this run. It’s so good!



Top Pick: Secret Coders Vol. 3: Secrets & Sequences (First Second) – Gene Luen Yang and Mike Homes returns with the third volume of his kids focused graphic novel series. What’s wonderful about the series is that it not only entertains but also teaches how to code. Even as an adult I find myself learning more and more with each volume. Yang has a knack for teaching complicated (and at times boring) material in an engaging and fun way.

California Dreamin’: Cass Elliot Before the Mamas & the Papas (First Second) – This graphic novel is a biography of Mama Cass and the 1960s New York Folk scene. A fantastic graphic novel from Pénélope Bagieu taking a look at a music icon.

Grass Kings #1 (BOOM! Studios) – A new series by Matt Kindt and Tyler Jenkins. Those two creators alone have gotten me to take notice. The concept of ” three brothers and rulers of a trailer park kingdom, a fiefdom of the hopeless and lost, of the desperate poor seeking a promised land” just makes it all the more awesome.

I Thought You Hated Me (Retrofit Comics/Big Planet Comics) – Retrofit/Big Planet puts out fantastic indie comic series and this one by MariNaomi is a great read that focuses on friendship through the years. This should be your small press buy this week.

Man-Thing #1 (Marvel) – RL Stine brings his brand of horror to this classic character and Marvel. This has been a comic I’ve been fascinated by and can’t wait for. I have no doubt it’ll be fantastic.



Top Pick: Inhumans vs. X-Men #6 (Marvel) – This is the end!  The X-Men and Inhumans face off to end the war between them and when the dust settles, both sides will be left affected whether good or bad.  This has been an action packed event and I can’t wait to see the outcome!

Jessica Jones #6 (Marvel) – We now know how and why Jessica’s life has been turned upside down, and we know the big bad and their motives.  Now we have to see how Jessica will get through it all.  I’ve really enjoyed this book and I’m looking forward to see how this all comes around and if Jessica can get back to some level of normalcy…at least as normal as a super heroes life can be.

Old Man Logan #19 (Marvel) – This title has consistently delivered and I’m looking forward to this new story.  The solicit tells of Logan righting a wrong and getting some help from an unlikely ally – given what we’ve seen from this book, that could be anyone!



Pick of the Week: Nancy Drew & The Hardy Boys #1 – (Dynamite Entertainment) – It’s like the books we used to read when we were little, all grown up. Nancy Drew plays the femme fatale detective on a mission to prove that the Hardin boys, Frank and Joe, didn’t Menendez their dad.

Guardians of the Galaxy #1.MU (Marvel) – Groot has been kidnapped and the team reunites to get our fave monosyllabic nature man back from the bad guys.

Motor Crush #4 (Image) -An injured Domino might not be able to race and the origin of Crush is revealed.

Suicide Squad #13 (DC Comics) – Deadshot is getting out of the squad and the death of one of someone on the team is his way out.

Jessica Jones #6 (Marvel) – The new, improved bad guy is revealed and Jessica has got a lot of explaining to do.



Top Pick: Old Man Logan #19 (Marvel) – So…. I thought this was out last week… and it wasn’t. Anyway, having seen Logan twice now, I’m super excited to get my hands on this issue for the simple fact that Lemire has been writing so really good stories featuring one of my favourite characters.

Man-Thing #1 (Marvel) – I know nothing about this other than it’s a five issue miniseries on a character that’s always interested me.

Redline #1 (Oni Press) – Based on the preview text, this looks like it’ll right up my alley – which is strange since I normally don’t like much sci-fi.

Nancy Drew & Hardy Boys Reimagined in Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: The Big Lie

Earlier this year, Dynamite Entertainment further solidified claim to the industry’s leading publisher of licensed comics with news of an exclusive arrangement with Simon & Schuster to bring the beloved characters Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys to comics with all-new adventures!

And with the 2017 release of Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: The Big Lie, they are creating a Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mystery unlike any other you’ve ever read…

In this modern take, teenage brothers Frank and Joe Hardy are accused of the murder of their father – a detective in the small resort town of Bayport – and must team up with the femme fatale Nancy Drew to prove their innocence (and find the real guilty party in the process) in a twisting, hardboiled tale, complete with double-crosses, deceit, and dames.

Inspired by new crime classics like Ed Brubaker’s Fatale and Darwyn Cooke’s Parker series, writer Anthony Del Col and artist Werther Dell’Edera bring the iconic teen detectives into the modern age, and redefine noir for a new generation of readers!

Writer Del Col, a big fan of the characters, conceived this unique take years ago and worked to find and secure the license with Dynamite to bring this tale to life.

Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys: The Big Lie is slated for release in March.

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