In Review:Nancy Drew #1

Nancy Drew is seventeen and good at everything...ESPECIALLY in solving crimes.

Synopsis: Nancy Drew is seventeen and good at everything…ESPECIALLY in 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.

Review: Nancy Drew is back and writing her this time out is Kelly Thompson. Set sometime after last years Hardy Boys & Nancy Drew. This new story sees her reunited with the lads toward the end of the first issue, but we also get to meet a load more of her friends and crime-solving partners.

This first issue starts off with Nancy ensconced on her college campus and taking care of business. There’s an amusing incident concerning the college mascot, which is a goat. This allows us to meet some of her newer friends, which is short-lived when a threatening letter from her hometown of Bayport takes her back there.

We get many of Nancy Drews thoughts via diary entries, which are designed to appear as if written on margined paper. We get some amusing reference to Tayler Swift and the fact that she didn’t come up with the saying, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” which could be an ironic reference to some of her songs changing but staying the same.

If I have one criticism of this book. It’s the fact that it is kind of dialogue heavy at times, but that couldn’t really be helped given the number of characters that the writer has in play. I have to wonder if we’ll see the herd get thinned as the story develops.

The artwork by Jenn St-Onge kind of reminds me of manga crossed with Saturday morning cartoons. Each of the characters has those big expressive eyes and despite my initial misgivings about this art style it kind of works.

Overall. This was an okay introduction and will work for those new to Nancy Drew, but I was a little underwhelmed by the fact that so much time was spent on Nancy getting re-acquainted with the Bayport locals. There didn’t seem to be any clues or leads included in this first issue. Hopefully, we see some forward momentum in issue 2 next month.

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Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at:
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