Comic Review: Nancy Drew & The Hardy Boys: The Death of Nancy Drew #2 (Dynamite Entertainment)

Those who love Nancy Drew, that sharp-witted young detective from the hardcover books of old, will love Dynamite’s Nancy Drew & The Hardy Boys: The Death of Nancy Drew. In […]

Those who love Nancy Drew, that sharp-witted young detective from the hardcover books of old, will love Dynamite’s Nancy Drew & The Hardy Boys: The Death of Nancy Drew. In issue 2, the drama and mystery continues to develop.

Seen by all to be dead, Nancy is very much alive! And with Frank and Joe Hardy helping her to unravel even more mysteries, we are off to the races.

The comic is a dark telling, with evil lurking around the corner at every turn. Writer Anthony Del Col gets the tone, dialogue and sly side references right. He knows his audience when he refers to other storybook character names, but this really is a straight forward ‘whodunit’, with young people at the helm.

Joe Eisma keeps the drawings straightforward as well; Nancy looks as we might imagine her, the other characters do too. The action and conversations are portrayed rationally, and if it’s not the most exciting way to show two people talking in the dark, it’s certainly practical and does not detract from the flow of the story. Colourist Salvatore Aiala uses a charcoal-infused palette, with a sooty look flavoured in various earth tones. It ain’t dayglo sunrises and tie-dye test patterns. Again, this book is all about the story, and it’s a worthwhile one.

Catch this comic, it’s recommended entertainment.

Dynamite, Nancy Drew & The Hardy Boys: The Death of Nancy Drew, $3.99 for 24 pages of content.

Alan Spinney

About Alan Spinney

After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!