Goldie Vance Vol. 1
GOLDIE VANCE IS ON THE CASESixteen-year-old Marigold "Goldie" Vance has an insatiable curiosity. She lives at a Florida resort with her dad, who manages the place, and it's her dream to one day be the hotel's in-house detective. When Walter, the current detective, encounters a case he can't crack, together they utilize her smarts, skills, and connections to solve the mystery...even if it means getting into a drag race, solving puzzles, or chasing a helicopter to do it!

Goldie Vance Vol. 1 Details

TitleGoldie Vance Vol. 1
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 11th, 2016
PublisherBOOM! Box
ISBN-139781608868988
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Mystery, Comics, Young Adult, LGBT, Fiction

Goldie Vance Vol. 1 Review

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    January 1, 1970
    Wow hi I just found my new favorite graphic novel series? SO DANG CUTE I CAN’T
  • Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
    January 1, 1970
    Excuse me, where has this fabulous retro queer woc detective been all my life???? Everything about this is a win. The art style is bright and fun, the storyline walks just the right side of ridiculous, and it stars a 16 year old girl who kicks ass, solves mysteries, and falls for a sometimes-record salesperson/sometimes-actress girl named Diane. There's also street racing and hotel shenanigans and like.... this was perfection. I'm going to pick up volume 2 as soon as I can possibly get to the li Excuse me, where has this fabulous retro queer woc detective been all my life???? Everything about this is a win. The art style is bright and fun, the storyline walks just the right side of ridiculous, and it stars a 16 year old girl who kicks ass, solves mysteries, and falls for a sometimes-record salesperson/sometimes-actress girl named Diane. There's also street racing and hotel shenanigans and like.... this was perfection. I'm going to pick up volume 2 as soon as I can possibly get to the library.In short: came for the fun detective story, stayed for EVERYTHING ELSE
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  • Calista
    January 1, 1970
    This is wonderful. The Nancy Drew Archetype has once again been invigorated and updated for a new generation. This is spunky and fun and colorful and in all ways fabulous. The mysteries are overly complicated, but they are still enjoyable to see solved. I love the energy and the spirit of Goldie and her crew. I love the set-up. She works and lives at a hotel and she is the house detective, unoffically, while the real detective isn't very good at this.I can't wait to read the next one!
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  • Sonia
    January 1, 1970
    I don't know how to rate this book. Because I really enjoyed like 90% of it, but there was one thing in it that made me REALLY UPSET. Like, sick to my stomach upset. My first instinct was to give it a 4 because so much of it is good and cute and i want to be "fair" or whatever, but it's been 30 minutes since I finished it and I'm still really upset. So. Let me talk a little bit about why. Content warning for Nazis under the spoiler tag(view spoiler)[Okay so basically this books seems to take a r I don't know how to rate this book. Because I really enjoyed like 90% of it, but there was one thing in it that made me REALLY UPSET. Like, sick to my stomach upset. My first instinct was to give it a 4 because so much of it is good and cute and i want to be "fair" or whatever, but it's been 30 minutes since I finished it and I'm still really upset. So. Let me talk a little bit about why. Content warning for Nazis under the spoiler tag(view spoiler)[Okay so basically this books seems to take a really rosy view of Operation Paperclip. As in, when the US government brought in a bunch of Nazi scientists not giving a shit about who they were or what they'd done as long as they could advance our technology. It's real bad. Here's the character in the book that our heroine rescues. That's a Nazi. I keep staring at it and trying to see if I somehow misconstrued it, but no, that's a Nazi. That's a Nazi rocket scientist come to work for NASA. There's no real.... there's no real other thing that could be given context and his story. And our adorable heroine HUGS HIM at the end of the book and he gets to go do space science as free as a bird. There is already a ton of really terrifying upsetting cultural precedent for dismissing Operation Paperclip and casting a heroic light on it's Nazi scientists. And I think this backstory was included maybe without a lot of thought since it's just a couple panels of dialogue, but well, I wish someone had thought about it because it really ruined the entire comic for me. I couldn't enjoy anything after that. AND I HAD REALLY REALLY BEEN ENJOYING IT. So yes. Goldie Vance is a mostly very cute comic, but there's nothing cute about Opperation Papperclip. Okay thanks for your time. (hide spoiler)]
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  • Bee (Heart Full of Books)
    January 1, 1970
    Everyone's cute, Goldie is cutest. Everyone's cool, Diane is coolest.
  • Melki
    January 1, 1970
    While I loved Larson's Compass South, this one barely earned a third star from me. The story: Goldie is a young teen who yearns to be a detective at the Florida hotel managed by her dad. She gets her chance to solve a big-time mystery when it seems that all manner of skeevy weirdos want to get their hands on a cheap, crappy necklace stolen from the resort. It was all a little too far-fetched for me. The whole premise was hard to swallow, plus, good girl Goldie seems awfully adept at not only ste While I loved Larson's Compass South, this one barely earned a third star from me. The story: Goldie is a young teen who yearns to be a detective at the Florida hotel managed by her dad. She gets her chance to solve a big-time mystery when it seems that all manner of skeevy weirdos want to get their hands on a cheap, crappy necklace stolen from the resort. It was all a little too far-fetched for me. The whole premise was hard to swallow, plus, good girl Goldie seems awfully adept at not only stealing cars, but racing them against more experienced drivers. Brittney Williams' artwork also drove me batty. Characters seemed to be passing by funhouse mirrors - one minute they are tall and slender, the next, they're short and squat. Aaaaa!For me, this was a two-star read, but since I'm not the intended audience - (my ten-year-old self would probably have loved it) - I'll award another star. I've also never been a Nancy Drew fan, so maybe that accounts for my lack of amusement. I see this is being compared to Lumberjanes #1, another one I didn't relish, so maybe fans of that book will enjoy this one. I did not.Time for my Geritol and a nap.
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  • Joce (squibblesreads)
    January 1, 1970
    Bless this series! Our protagonist is Goldie Vance, a biracial 16 year old girl who works as a valet at a resort hotel. In this volume, she is drawn sharing a mutual crush with another girl but does not state how she identifies. She moonlights as the on site detective and is hella smart. She has a vast knowledge of cars and driving from her valet job and also races for fun/“business” (to hold leverage for some of the cases she’s trying to solve). Her parents are divorced or separated but amicabl Bless this series! Our protagonist is Goldie Vance, a biracial 16 year old girl who works as a valet at a resort hotel. In this volume, she is drawn sharing a mutual crush with another girl but does not state how she identifies. She moonlights as the on site detective and is hella smart. She has a vast knowledge of cars and driving from her valet job and also races for fun/“business” (to hold leverage for some of the cases she’s trying to solve). Her parents are divorced or separated but amicable in that her dad tells her to say hi to her mom when she goes to stay at her mom’s for a night.The vibe of the graphic novel overall is kinda like the old school Archie comics with a touch of Grease. It also has the lighthearted mystery drive of Nancy Drew but way more diverse in terms of all character demographics. There is also another WOC who wants to be an astronaut and reads astronomy books. YES.I put a hold on V2 at my library and I’m waiting for it to come in!
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  • Kate (GirlReading)
    January 1, 1970
    This was so freaking cute! Goldie is totally kickass and smart and I adore her and I want to steal Diane’s wardrobe. She reminded me of Rizzo from Grease and I’m all for whatever is happening between these two. I’m completely obsessed with the art style, with this bright colour scheme and 60’s setting making it all more fun. I have a feeling I’m going to become very attached to this series, its unique plot and wonderful characters. I mean, seriously, who doesn’t love a retro detective series, se This was so freaking cute! Goldie is totally kickass and smart and I adore her and I want to steal Diane’s wardrobe. She reminded me of Rizzo from Grease and I’m all for whatever is happening between these two. I’m completely obsessed with the art style, with this bright colour scheme and 60’s setting making it all more fun. I have a feeling I’m going to become very attached to this series, its unique plot and wonderful characters. I mean, seriously, who doesn’t love a retro detective series, set in a hotel, with a diverse cast of characters and an awesome qwoc lead?!
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  • Chad
    January 1, 1970
    A very fun book for tweens and up. The art and style is fantastic. The plot feels contrived, but overall a fun, fast-paced book.
  • Erica
    January 1, 1970
    Oh, goodness gracious. This is ridiculously adorable and full of good, clean fun. After all my bitching about Princeless, Vol. 1: Save Yourself and Rat Queens, Vol. 1: Sass & Sorcery, after my terrible disappointment in Unstoppable Octobia May, this comes along and redeems everything!Ok, so, the actual story is worth four stars but with the candy-cute art, the teeny-bopper fun of it all, the fast-paced black-belt action that still contains a plot, this puppy deserves one more star.Pretty muc Oh, goodness gracious. This is ridiculously adorable and full of good, clean fun. After all my bitching about Princeless, Vol. 1: Save Yourself and Rat Queens, Vol. 1: Sass & Sorcery, after my terrible disappointment in Unstoppable Octobia May, this comes along and redeems everything!Ok, so, the actual story is worth four stars but with the candy-cute art, the teeny-bopper fun of it all, the fast-paced black-belt action that still contains a plot, this puppy deserves one more star.Pretty much, mix up Nancy Drew with the aforementioned Princeless plus Archie or Richie Rich and add some Scooby-Doo but then remove the all-white, all-straight, all-same-bodied cast and you've got this little gem! We're cataloging it as YA (for now) but it seems aimed more toward the 10 to 14-year-old crowd.Spunky teen valet Goldie Vance, daughter of a hotel manager for the upscale, ritzy Crossed Palms Resort in Florida and a mermaid at The Mermaid Club, has a part-time (self-appointed) job as hotel detective, assisting (according to her) the Head of Security, Walt Tooey. She also moonlights as a matchmaker, trying to hook a dorky but decent-hearted bellhop up with her best friend, Cheryl, who works the front desk and is enchanted with science and space and might want to be an astronaut. Meanwhile, Goldie's got her own crush on Diane, greaser record store clerk, the coolest gal of 'em all. Oh, and she's a car enthusiast...especially when it comes to racing.The backdrop is the sock-hopping '50's, though that doesn't necessarily mean this takes place in our '50's; it's got a more contemporary feel. It's not all golly-gosh, clean as a whistle. Goldie engages in morally questionable activities from time to time, believing that the ends justify the means, an outlook with which her father definitely does not agree. This, of course, leads to her fair share of trouble as she squares off with Russian kidnappers and necklace thieves as well as her personal arch nemesis, Sugar Maple.I adore the artwork. The colors are vibrant, the illustrations just the cutest, and the panels support the story well, something especially important in a story where there's so much going on.All in all, it's a light-hearted, fun, and somewhat silly graphic novel that doesn't obviously push any boundaries but also feels open and inclusive. I look forward to the next volume.
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  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    January 1, 1970
    Goldie Vance is a bit of a Nancy-Drew type. Not my thing - until you put it in graphic novel form. Graphic novels are just the kind of thing to turn my brain off.The first thing I want to say is that this is one of the best-drawn graphic novels I have read. I have read a lot of YA graphic novels with fairly half-assed art styles, or styles I found too colorful and cheesy. There's a line, you know? After a while, all those colors get annoying. But this one is nothing of that sort. The plot here i Goldie Vance is a bit of a Nancy-Drew type. Not my thing - until you put it in graphic novel form. Graphic novels are just the kind of thing to turn my brain off.The first thing I want to say is that this is one of the best-drawn graphic novels I have read. I have read a lot of YA graphic novels with fairly half-assed art styles, or styles I found too colorful and cheesy. There's a line, you know? After a while, all those colors get annoying. But this one is nothing of that sort. The plot here is ridiculous. It's graphic novel fodder. But sometimes, you just need to turn your brain off. I did like the characters a fair amount; though none are anything particularly developed or special, I liked their feisty and sweet personalities. Onto volume 2!!
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  • Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
    January 1, 1970
    This was a fun comic to read! Set in Florida, a girl called Goldie and her Dad work at a resort together. But Goldie has a passion for solving mysteries. Perfect for fans of Nancy Drew! The illustrations were colourful, expressive and displayed well. A series I will be continuing.
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  • Danika at The Lesbrary
    January 1, 1970
    This was cute! I was thinking it was going to be a little less international intrigue, but I still liked it. And apparently I'm still at the point where I think "Is she gay?? She couldn't possibly be. That's too good to be true. I mean, she is admiring this girl through the window, and then in the next panel there are just three repeating thought bubbles of her imagining this girl smiling at her. And she blushes when she sees her. And they hold hands. But that couldn't possibly be actual queer t This was cute! I was thinking it was going to be a little less international intrigue, but I still liked it. And apparently I'm still at the point where I think "Is she gay?? She couldn't possibly be. That's too good to be true. I mean, she is admiring this girl through the window, and then in the next panel there are just three repeating thought bubbles of her imagining this girl smiling at her. And she blushes when she sees her. And they hold hands. But that couldn't possibly be actual queer text in an all-ages comic, could it??"
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  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
    January 1, 1970
    This was so gorgeous and sweet! I'll be honest, I'm not big on kid or teen detective plotlines, so the story was a little out of my usual tastes, but the art was so pretty and the characters were so lovable, I still enjoyed it a lot and would definitely continue the series. I especially dug how fantastically diverse the character cast was, and that little beginning of a romance at the end was adorable! ♥
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  • Maddie
    January 1, 1970
    Goldie Vance is the new Nancy Drew in my life and I absolutely adore her and the crew of the Crossed Palms hotel! More mysteries, please!
  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    This is so cute. Goldie is a sweet girl who works in a resort with her father and her friends. She's got a passion for mysteries and that's why she helps the resort detective solve cases for the guests. Goldie also has a crush on Diane, a girl who works in a record store. I mean, could you ask for more? It's a nice concept and it is very well done. I can't wait to read the second volume!
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  • Rena
    January 1, 1970
    An adventure-filled comic about a girl detective and a female-centered romance? I'll take more, please?
  • Ioanna ms✨
    January 1, 1970
    so cute❤
  • The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears
    January 1, 1970
    I figured I'd play catch up on my past comics purchases since my beloved IR romance genre (save for a few notable exceptions) is boring the fuck out of me. I'd grabbed Goldie Vance #1 just because the cover looked awesome. I grew up with Nancy Drew and this story brought a huge smile to my face as it took me back to my childhood, thrilled to the adventures of the intrepid girl detective. And Marigold (aka Goldie) is definitely heir to Miss Drew's throne. Spunky? Yes. Intrepid? Yes. A tendency to I figured I'd play catch up on my past comics purchases since my beloved IR romance genre (save for a few notable exceptions) is boring the fuck out of me. I'd grabbed Goldie Vance #1 just because the cover looked awesome. I grew up with Nancy Drew and this story brought a huge smile to my face as it took me back to my childhood, thrilled to the adventures of the intrepid girl detective. And Marigold (aka Goldie) is definitely heir to Miss Drew's throne. Spunky? Yes. Intrepid? Yes. A tendency to get involved when those around her don't think she should? Oh yes. Not only that, but she's a gearhead too. Of course, Goldie Vance rocks even harder because of its diversity. The lead character is a Black teenage dynamo who solves mysteries while working with her father at a Florida resort. Of course, my other favorite character is Cher, who not only wants to be an astronaut (and this is wonderfully prescient given the story of the Black women "computers" who were instrumental in our space program) but she fangirls hard over astronaut Alan Shepard, which means any regular guy just might fall short. The artwork is reminiscent of old Hanna-Barbara cartoons (at least to me). This is just the first issue, but I'm definitely going to be following Goldie Vance's adventures.
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  • Lata
    January 1, 1970
    Despite the question in my mind about the wartime sympathies of the German scientist who has lost a necklace at the hotel where Goldie Vance and her father work, this story is fast-moving and frankly fun. Fun because of Goldie, who has such verve and energy. And her relationships with much of the staff help her find all sorts of lost items for hotel guests, when she's not doing her actual job as parking valet.The colours in each panel are bright and the drawings convey movement and energy. The p Despite the question in my mind about the wartime sympathies of the German scientist who has lost a necklace at the hotel where Goldie Vance and her father work, this story is fast-moving and frankly fun. Fun because of Goldie, who has such verve and energy. And her relationships with much of the staff help her find all sorts of lost items for hotel guests, when she's not doing her actual job as parking valet.The colours in each panel are bright and the drawings convey movement and energy. The plot and many of the supporting characters are a little goofy, but I want more. Goldie's great!
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  • ellie
    January 1, 1970
    that was so wholesome and soft that it’s basically a graphic novel of pure sweet things
  • Kristina
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed the 1960s setting and how old school everything was. It reminded me a lot of the Nancy Drew series but Goldie is so much cooler and quirkier!
  • Maggie
    January 1, 1970
    This was a 3 star read for me.While the art style of this graphic novel is amazing the story didn't blow me away.Will possibly give the next volume a try.
  • Melania 🍒
    January 1, 1970
    2,9/3|| The read harder challenge 2018 - A mystery by a person of color or a LGBTQ+ author ||(I know it isn’t a novel but I really wanted to finish the Read Harder Challenge 😅)
  • Maggie Gordon
    January 1, 1970
    Oh, this book was just delightful! It's a Nancy Drew for the modern age, with wonderfully diverse characters, lots of humour, and an exciting mystery! It is aimed at younger readers, so the plot is relatively simple and moves fast. But it's a great read for the younger crowd, and it is filled with some fantastic, vibrant, retro art! (Though perhaps it is important to ensure that the younger ones know that you just cannot steal cars even if your reason is thwarting evil international spies)
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  • David Schaafsma
    January 1, 1970
    First Nancy Drew, then Harriet the Spy, and now this, for tweens, mainly. Goldie wants to be her dad's hotel detective, and she gets the chance! Eisner Award-winning writer Hope Larson (A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel) and artist Brittney Williams (Patsy Walker, A.K.A Hellcat!) with a new whodunnit that kids will like a lot, I think.
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  • Devann
    January 1, 1970
    This was a fun read but there's just something missing that makes it a 3 star book instead of a 4. The story, art, and characters are all cute but it definitely felt a bit contrived at times and I guess like it was maybe trying a bit too hard to be so quirky. Still, I enjoyed it and I'll definitely check out the next volume to see if things maybe pick up a bit.
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  • Angie
    January 1, 1970
    01: A biracial lesbian lead.02: TONS of POC side/background characters.03: A whizz-bang James Bond-esque plot.04: The mystery-solving sensibilities of Nancy Drew.05: Greaser/Surfer aesthetics of the 50's.06: Super capable ladies, while some of the guys are damsels in distress.Add it all up and I think I've found my new fave lady sleuth series. WHAT A CHARMER.
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  • Deera
    January 1, 1970
    Think Nancy Drew but bi-racial and queer. Goldie is fantastic. I'm in the middle of a reading slump and comics are all I can manage. This gave me all the warm fuzzies. I was like Jessica Fletcher in that gif where she's eating popcorn the whole time.
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  • Cassie Stever
    January 1, 1970
    this was great! it took a direction i didn’t expect, but it’s okay because i loved that it did. can’t wait to read the next one. :)
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