Title: Nancy Drew #3
Writer: Kelly Thompson
Artist: Jenn St.-Onge
Cover: Tula Lotay
Publication Date: August 8, 2018
“No more secrets…a dead body’s discovered, and Nancy can’t keep the mystery from her friends any longer. Will telling the truth and getting her crime-solving crew involved help crack the Bayport case, before someone else winds up dead? The modern take on the classic mystery icon continues from KELLY THOMPSON (Hawkeye, Star Wars, Rogue & Gambit) and JENN ST-ONGE (Giant Days, The Misfits)!”
They’ve found the body, but now they have to solve the case. Nancy Drew #3 put the crew in full mystery solving mode. After Nancy and Pete’s discovery in the previous issue, it’s up to the friends to figure out what’s at the bottom of Pete’s mother’s death and how it connects to the new body they found. With the roles assigned and the group breaking off separately, will they be able to solve two cases before more tragedy strikes? More importantly, what is Nancy Drew walking into in next issue?
Kelly Thompson has done a terrific job creating the details of the story, filling in the backstory, bringing the characters together, and adding a new mystery to the cold case. Now it’s time for Nancy Drew and her crew to get down to the investigation. The story continues to develop at a steady pace, as Nancy discovers new clues this issue to keep the mystery alive. But it’s not all mystery and adventure, Thompson crafts real characters who all have an emotional connection to this case. That connection, whether direct or indirect, is just as present in Thompson’s writing as the mystery itself. And then there’s the cliffhanger ending, which is quickly becoming a necessary element in the series. As always, Thompson builds just enough suspense that reader is too preoccupied with the story, to see the cliffhanger coming, which creates the perfect amount of tension in that final page.
As the story becomes more complicated, so does the artwork. Jenn St.-Onge continues to expand the world of Nancy Drew, drawing on elements of the story to help pull off the suspense. My favorite panels are towards the end when Nancy and Pete are on the docks looking for clues. These panels have classic elements of film noir, you have expect Humphry Bogart to pop out, but the panels are in color, emphasizing the menace through the shadowy elements of the scene. A perfectly suspenseful setting.
The Bottom Line:
Kelly Thompson and Jenn St.-Onge continue to produce an exciting series. Nancy Drew #3 keeps a steady pace within the series. Thompson is careful to only reveal so much in each issue, creating an exquisite suspense for the reader.