Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: The Big Lie

Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys Big Lie

Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys investigate Fenton Hardy’s suicide in this graphic noir thriller.

Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys are all grown up. They live in Bayport, which also houses the Bobbsey twins. The art, coloring and lettering are great. The story less so.

There were 175 Nancy Drew books written between 1930 and 2003. As a reader of the first 41 as a child and a lover of all things noir, The Big Lie seemed like a perfect fit for my tastes. The look of the book is vintage noir. The updating of Nancy, Joe and Frank’s appearance is spot on. Unfortunately, the plot is horrible. There is no mystery regarding whodunnit at all. There is absolutely no dramatic tension. The disagreement between the brothers didn’t seem authentic. The setting for the ending seemed forced and overly referenced the original books. Overall, the story gets 1 star from me but the artwork and style get a 5 so the entire book gets 3 stars. Still I wouldn’t recommend it to Nancy Drew fans looking for an homage to the original books.

Thanks to the publisher, Dynamite Entertainment, and Netgalley for an advanced review copy. Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: The Big Lie will be published on November 28, 2017.

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November 27th, 2017 by
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