Nancy Drew: The Palace of Wisdom by Kelly Thompson
Nothing cures a reading slump quite like a dose of nostalgia! Readers who grew up with Nancy Drew and those new to the world alike will enjoy this brand-new adventure!
About the Book
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment | Release Date: April 2, 2019 | Pages: 128
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Graphic Novel | Format: PDF | Source: Publisher via Netgalley
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!
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Friends, this was such an enjoyable read! I’ve been suffering from the worst reading slump for the past couple of months and just wanted to read and finish something. I grew up reading Nancy Drew and Hardy Boy books, and I figured that there is probably no better cure for a slump that a dose of nostalgia — and how right I was!
“We have so much history…those ties go deep and aren’t easily cut.”
One of the things I loved most about reading Nancy Drew was how strong, smart, and capable she a character she is. I loved the re-imagining of the characters we know and love as modern day teenagers, and unlike some other reboots that I’ve read this is written in a way that doesn’t alienate a younger reader unfamiliar with the source material but also doesn’t alienate people my age that are in it for the nostalgia factor.
I don’t read a lot of graphic novels, but I was impressed with how good the character development is in these first 5 issues! Thompson managed to give the reader a real sense of who the characters are and their complicated backstory effortlessly. With Nancy returning after seven years of drifting apart from her friends, the graphic novel briefly touches on that hurt but also shows how with some friends you can just fall back into patterns as if no time passed at all. I liked that the Hardy boys are also in these comics and how gloriously diverse this is.
There was a conversation between George and Nancy that I especially loved that dealt with our propensity to apologize for being emotional or crying. George’s response was so perfect: “Why is crying dumb anyway? What are we — freaking robots?”I really appreciate the normalization of crying in fiction, and the way that both Nancy and Pete are processing their grief in different ways but also are kind of brought together through their loss as well.
Overall this was a really fun read and I will be watching for the next issue because OH GOODNESS THAT ENDING! I loved the art style and the writing is easy to follow, witty, and full of life as the voices of the characters shine through the pages.
Recommended for: fans of strong female characters that aren’t all pointy (can be soft, too), mystery lovers, and those that read Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys as a kid.
CONTENT WARNINGS: grief, loss of a loved one, murder
Many thanks to the publisher for sending me an eARC via NetGalley for review. Quotations are taken from an uncorrected proof and may change upon publication.
Let’s go on another adventure together!