Synopsis: Teen detectives Frank and Joe Hardy have investigated many crimes in their lives, but nothing that hits this close to home. Their best friend died mysteriously after taking down a major crime organization. They must put together the clues to uncover the truth about this shocking crime, but the clues lead them to a stunningly unexpected direction!
When investigating and bringing The Syndicate to Justice. Nancy Drew dies under mysterious circumstances and the police write it off as a cold case. However, Joe Hardy who is somewhat estranged from his brother since Nancy’s passing has opened an investigation of his own and has already found a few suspects.
Joe Eisma brings an art style to this story, which feels very much like a detective thriller. I loved the opening few pages, which recap events that led up to Nancy’s death. The brownish color wash works really well and gives that feel of old black and white film with is just a bit worn, which sort of works well as a visual device for recapping past events. The whole book has a really good atmosphere to it and keeps you turning the page to see what new visuals you will get. The artwork and colorwork in this book are just as much a character as the characters depicted in the story.
Writer Anthony Del Col gets off to a cracking start with this opening issue despite the twist ending being a little mysterious. I did like how he tipped his hat to a previous Nancy Drew Adventure from Dynamite in which Nancy helped the Hardy Boys clear their father’s name. I also liked how we got brief moments with Georgie, Bess and Ned Nickerson who have all featured prominently in the new CW series.
Overall. A solid start, which has me on the edge of my seat for the next issue.