Synopsis: Nancy Drew has a killer plan. In order to clear their names from accusations of their father’s murder, she and the Hardy Boys will have to infiltrate a family of petty thieves — by beating them at their own (card) games.
Review: Anthony Del Col’s story takes a dramatic turn as Nancy Drew reels the Hardy boys into her caper, which sees them trying to out cheat Sammy Rover. The idea to wipe him out and then lean on him to spill any information he has about the murder of the Hardy’s father.
As ever things go swimmingly for awhile, but then we are left with a mighty good cliffhanger, which is almost certainly guaranteed to make me want to come back for more.
Werther Dell’Edera’s art work continues to give off a pulpy quality that is helped greatly by some of the muted pastel style colours by Stefano Simeone.
I especially enjoyed how artist and colourist managed to convey the tension as the various cards were being dealt at the poker table.
What also proved effective was how Nancy related past events and how they have led her into reuniting with the Hardy Boys. A daring move given that her father was the prosecutor on their late fathers case.
This story feels very true to the mysteries that I remember reading as well as seeing on television and the setting of the fishing town is a real character in its own right and is drawn beautifully by the artist.
Kudos also have to go to Simon Bowland whose Lettering is easy to read and consistent throughout the comic. Even when you are reading messages in the various text messages and e-mails that are featured in the comic.
This issue continued the story brilliantly from where things left off last issue and gave us a pretty fun caper. Sure cheating at a poker game is a little bit of a cliche, but it was executed brilliantly in this story.
I look forward to seeing where this goes in the next issue.
- Art Work8.8