Title: Nancy Drew #2
Writer/Artist: Kelly Thompson
Publication Date: July 11, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: “Nancy’s returned to her hometown of Bayport to sniff out the sender of an ominous letter that may have to do with her mother’s death seven years ago. Re-teaming with her childhood crime solving team — Bess, George, and The Hardy Boys — Nancy is determined to get to the bottom of things. But she hasn’t even been back in town a day, and someone’s already tried to kill them once. Can they follow the clues in time to stop it from happening again? This modern take on the classic mystery icon continues from KELLY THOMPSON (Hawkeye, Star Wars, Rogue & Gambit) and JENN ST-ONGE (Giant Days, The Misfits)!”
This issue opens with a flashback to seven years ago where readers learn a bit more about Nancy’s mother’s death. The issue then transitions to present day as Nancy is saved from her fall by a stranger, Pete. After helping her out of the cave, the pair tend to the group who were drugged and had passed out. Wanting to protect her friends, Nancy goes off to figure out some things on her own. After bumping into Pete again, Nancy and him head off to enter the cave from a different location. Everything is going well until the two stumble unto another mystery. Is this just coincidence or does this somehow relate to Nancy’s mother’s death?
Kelly Thompson does it again. Thompson finds the right blend of teen drama and mystery that packs this issue with intrigue, fun, and just a dash of teen romance. As Nancy moves closer to uncovering one secret, another mystery is laid at her feet, literally. Aside from the mystery, Nancy must navigate her friendships. In this issue, the group is faced with a potentially life threatening scenario. They must all learn how to work with each other, particularly Nancy who has only just returned and Pete who is a stranger to the group. Of course, nothing compares with Thompson’s storytelling ability, particularly her use of cliffhangers. Her timing is perfect, she reveals just enough new information before ending the issue with more questions. As this mystery unfolds, it’s clear that Nancy and team will have their work cut-out for them. Someone out there is making trouble for the young sleuths, but who?
Again, the art is terrific. The character depictions are especially good, each unique to represent their personalities. Though, I will admit the best part of the issue was the library scene, where Nancy is perfectly at home, yet mildly irritating to the librarian. The scenes this issue transition between exploration and research, the art serves as the bridge between the two, moving between panels.
The Bottom Line:
Thompson continues to build on the original storyline, while adding new elements to the mystery. The introduction of a new character, Pete, complicates the story, raising more questions for future issues.