Synopsis: When the teenage brothers Frank and Joe Hardy are accused of the murder of their father. They must team up with Nancy Drew to find the real murderer.
Review: Before I start this review. I have to confess that my only exposure to Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys was due to a TV series made in the ‘The Hardy Boys’, which was made in 1977 by the late Glen A. Larson. The series boasted early roles for Parker Stevenson, Shawn Cassidy and Pamela Sue Martin who would later have a starring role in Dynasty.
So I’m reading this comic with no exposure to the series of novels or the comic strips of of.
My first impressions of the art work was that it looked dated, but as I continued to read it seemed deliberately so. The art by Werher Dell’edera has a very pulpy news paper style to it. Especially the opening two pages that show off the town of Bayport.
As you read the book it has a rather hard boiled nourish feel. Especially the police interrogation of Frank and Joe Hardy. The police detectives are not pulling their punches and are using old style interrogation techniques to try and get Joe and Frank to confess. They even go as far as to duplicitously play the two brothers off against each other.
This opening issue focuses mostly on the two brothers as they tell the detectives about the fateful night that their father was found dead.
For most part the art style works, but it is a little disconcerting given that the comic is obviously set in the present day because we see mobile phones in use with text messaging on several occasions throughout the book.
This first issue ends with a cliffhanger, which introduces Nancy Drew and also lets us in on what her plan is and how the Hardy Boys have executed it.
Written by Anthony Del Col. This first issue of the series was quite enjoyable and very definitely going somewhere. Although I am a little unsure of the art style given the modern day use of text messaging and references to social media. Although there is nothing actually wrong with the art from what I can see.
I’m definitely in for the second issue to see where this goes.
- Art Work7.5