Comic Review: Nancy Drew And The Hardy Boys: The Mystery of the Missing Adults (Dynamite Entertainment)

A fun read for all ages, Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys: The Case of the Missing Adults, from Dynamite, casts an irreverent spell in Bayport. For those who grew […]

A fun read for all ages, Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys: The Case of the Missing Adults, from Dynamite, casts an irreverent spell in Bayport.

For those who grew up with the original Hardy Boys, this new incarnation will have you shaking your head. Just saying. These two brothers are immature, irrepressible and impish. Nothing like the rather stiff and mature detectives of the original hardcover books. And Nancy, the master of disguise, is sharp, analytic and a grown-up teen.

In The Case Of The Missing Adults, there are puke jokes, brotherly punchouts, rude comments and more roughhousing. It’s hearty laughs at each others’ expense. Anyway, the town’s adults are basically missing, like, and it’s getting to suck. Man, we are all tired of eating packaged food meals. Like, where are they? LEt’s track them down!

The dialogue is witty, silly and sly. The scenes are nicely choreographed, and there are some brilliant ‘comic book’ traditions being messed with here. The drawings are fun and consistent. The caricatures and cartooning is spot on. The colouring fits the bill, with lots of flat cartoony tone.

There is bonus material in this graphic novel too; many activity pages, and several pages about creating comic books that may inspire new storytellers!

The Case Of The Missing Adults is written by Scott Bryan Wilson (Swamp Thing, Star Trek, Shadowman, Batman, etc), art is by Robert Solanovicz, and colouring is by Valentina Briski.

Dynamite, Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys The Case of the Missing Adults, $12.99 for 107 pages, all ages.

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!!