Title: Nancy Drew #1 (2018)
Writer: Kelly Thompson
Artist: Jenn St-Onge
Cover: Tula Lotay
Publication Date: June 13, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: “Nancy Drew is seventeen and good at everything…ESPECIALLY solving crimes. But her totally-in-control-and-obviously-running-perfectly-smooth-(but-not-really) life hits a snag when a mysterious message drags her back to the hometown she left behind. There she’ll have to find out which of her friends are still her friends, which are enemies, and who exactly is trying to kill her…and (hopefully) stop them before they succeed. KELLY THOMPSON (Hawkeye, Star Wars, Rogue & Gambit) and JENN ST-ONGE (Giant Days, The Misfits) team up to present an all-new modern spin on a classic mystery icon!”
In this debut issue Kelly Thompson and Jean St-Onge introduce readers to Nancy Drew. She’s the beloved character from childhood, but with a few new upgrades and improvements. Nancy is as cunning and crafty as ever, and the mystery is top-notch. And what Nancy Drew story would be complete without an appearance from the Hardy Boys? In this issue, Thompson returns Nancy to her hometown with a letter referencing her mother’s death. But what does it mean? How did Nancy’s mother die? And what will become of Nancy Drew?
Let’s talk narrative. Kelly Thompson does a phenomenal job recreating the iconic character, retaining the original Nancy Drew’s talent for getting caught in sticky situations, but at the same time crafts a Nancy that is all new. And as for plot, there’s high school, friends, and a heavy dose of mystery, in exactly the right proportion! Thompson does a particularly good job writing a complex mystery narrative, she gives you just enough information to peak your interests, but does not overwhelm you with clues or information. As for the final few panels, classic cliffhanger, the reader is left uncertain of Nancy’s fate, or what any of this has to do with Nancy’s mother’s death.
Complimenting Thompson’s narrative is jean St-Onge’s artwork. Her style is clean and colorful. Nancy is depicted with a kind of punk style, giving the character a slightly edgier feel. The settings are equally drawn with detail, creating the world of Nancy Drew.
The Bottom Line:
Nancy Drew #1 is a terrific debut. Thompson and St-Onge create the world of Nancy Drew while developing the storyline. Thompson’s narrative leaves the reader anxious for issue #2, curious to see how Nancy will find a way out of her first major crisis.