Sunday, October 22, 2017

[Comic Review] Nancy Drew And The Hardy Boys: The Big Lie #1

Comic Review of Nancy Drew And The Hardy Boys: The Big Lie #1

When I first heard that this crossover was going to be released, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it! But when I found out that it was digital only, it slipped deep down into my TBR list... Unfortunately this one didn't live up to my expectations. However, I think the series as a whole has potential!

Nancy Drew And The Hardy Boys: The Big Lie #1

by Anthony Del Col, Illustrated by Werther Dell'Edera 

When the teenage brothers Frank and Joe Hardy are accused of the murder of their father – a detective in the small resort town of Bayport – they must team up with the femme fatale nancy drew to prove their innocence (and find the real guilty party in the process) in a twisting, hard-boiled tale, complete with double-crosses, deceit and dames.

My thoughts:
Hm. This is a tough one to review. This read definitely didn't live up to the hype that I had given it... but perhaps I just need to be patient and check out the rest of the series.

As a beginning to the series, I think this was lacking. The storyline seemed only like a very brief introduction. And to me it just felt rushed. Some of the dialogue didn't flow well, and in a few instances it seemed like words were missing, like below, "And you kids even worse"...:

I don't yet care of any of the characters or what was going on. But we'll see how things change in issue 2! 

The artwork was alright, but certainly not my favorite style. I greatly prefer illustration that is consistent from panel to panel, and I didn't think that was the case here. 

However, this panel ruled:

Nancy Drew And The Hardy Boys: The Big Lie #1 panel

My final thoughts:
Unfortunately I didn't much care for this comic. But I'm definitely going to give the others a try, as I think this has the potential to be really neat. Fingers crossed!

Thanks for reading!
Did you read The Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew growing up?



  1. I saw another review of this that wasn't that favorable. The like the idea of taking some childhood faves and making them a tad darker though. I cannot read graphic novels on my computer or tablet though - it drives me crazy!

    1. Ugh I hear ya! The tablet version was totally unreadable. On the computer it was a little better, but still not good.

  2. This is sucha problem I have with digital comics! I think I might feel the same as you.

  3. No wonder I couldn't find a copy through the library - it's digital only and apparently no one in the system has it...

    1. Yeah... I just saw on Amazon this morning that the paperback is expected to be published November 28, 2017. Maybe then we can snag them from out libraries!

  4. Interesting! I didn't know they were doing this. It sounds almost as though they expect you to know who they are and what the story is, which is why they skimmed a bit in the intro. Nice to see them making a comeback though :)

    1. Yeah! I think that's because they are going to slowly build more into the character development. But I'm not sure. I cannot wait to get my hands on the physical copy!