Written by, Kelly Thompson
Art by, Jenn St. Onge
Colors by, Triona Farrell
Letters by, Ariana Maher
Nancy is back in Bayport pursuing a lead she found in a cryptic letter she received that threatened her family. She makes a friend with a local who helps her out of Deadman’s Cliff, where she’d fallen. The rest of the team, which includes the Hardy boys, Bess, and George, worry about Nancy’s wellbeing. However, Nancy uses her exceptional sleuth-skills to discover the author of the letter and the surprise ulterior motive of the author.
The story moves fluidly through action sequences while staying emotionally attuned with strong dialogue, which makes the story fresh and exciting. For example, when the group searches for Nancy’s whereabouts, Joe Hardy is worried about her wellbeing giving emotional depth to this character. In addition, the writer portrays characters in developmentally-appropriate ways. For example, Nancy is both smitten and repulsed by Pete, a handsome new friend, while also calling him creepy.
The entertainment value grows in this story due to the writer drilling into deeper socially relevant issues through strong character development. For example, Pete’s backstory describes a rich past with relatable suffering that draws the reader in and gives Nancy a reason to investigate. Additionally, the story flushes out the idiosyncrasies of Nancy, as well as, how well her friends know her. The process of showing the uniqueness of her character, the flashback to when she was 7, and, the tendencies in how Nancy does her research, help us to know the character and builds the entertainment value of the issue.
Art = 7
Story = 8
Overall = 7.5
The second installment of this book continues to shine due to the interesting and unique nature of Nancy Drew as a character. In addition, her supporting cast all are given important roles and minor story arcs of their own. The dialogue is sharp and interesting while the main point of the story is solidly grounded in the Nancy Drew lore developed in the books near a century ago. I highly recommend this book to readers looking for socially relevant character work minus superhero shenanigans.
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