Synopsis: Brother versus brother! With death and danger floating to the surface in Bayport, Frank and Joe Hardy find themselves in deep water – and at each other’s throats. But with their father’s murderer now targeting them, this division threatens their lives – and that of Nancy Drew.
Review: The fifth issue of Anthony Del Col’s take on Nancy Drew and The Hardy boys explores the family tree of Joe and Frank while juxtaposing it with them falling out in the present.
I really enjoyed the backstory that looked at the Hardy Boy’s ancestry and thought it played out well alongside the events of the present.
Eventually we our left with Nancy and only one brother investigating while simultaneously continuing their undercover ruse of being a part of the Rovers. We even saw them telling the Rover’s gang that they should be concerned about finding the dirty cop that killed their brother. Which pretty much brings Nancy’s investigation into line with what the gang agenda is.
The issue ends with a fabulous cliffhanger that you will not see coming.
Del Col’s gift for giving us a story with twists and turns continues in this issue as we learn more about the brothers hardy and also get to find out who it was that killed their father.
The artwork by Werther Dell’edera continues to have a somewhat old school feel to it, which suits the world and feel of Bayport.
I particularly enjoyed the sequence of panels when we were being told about the old school police officer and his love of old style flip phones.
I also enjoyed the image that the artist came up with for the comics big reveal on the final page.
I’ve really enjoyed this run of Nancy Drew and with only an issue or two left to go I am anxious to learn whether it will be a license that Dynamite will hold onto and perhaps do more with in the future.
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