Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys
Volume collects issues 1-6A Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mystery unlike any other you've ever read! 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 Nancy Drew to prove their innocence (and find the real guilty party in the process) in a twisting noir tale, complete with double-crosses, deceit, and dames. Writer Anthony Del Col (Assassin's Creed, Kill Shakespeare) and artist Werther Dell'Edera (Batman: Detective Comics, House of Mystery) bring the iconic teen detectives into the modern age, and redefine noir for a new generation of readers!

Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys Details

TitleNancy Drew and the Hardy Boys
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 21st, 2017
PublisherDynamite Entertainment
ISBN-139781524104177
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Mystery, Young Adult, Graphic Novels Comics, Retellings

Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys Review

  • Mitticus
    January 1, 1970
    +Digital arc gently provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review+Despite the introduction of this comic as 'noir' and sort of gritty, I fail to see those changes, but how should I know, afterall, I'm not really a what you could call a real fan of the series, because I've never even see a book of the Hardy Brothers (kind of all american boys it seems) or Nancy Drew. Only watched some old movies of Nancy -that would explain why I'm not part of the 'Nancy was so cool' of the old crowd.- , +Digital arc gently provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review+Despite the introduction of this comic as 'noir' and sort of gritty, I fail to see those changes, but how should I know, afterall, I'm not really a what you could call a real fan of the series, because I've never even see a book of the Hardy Brothers (kind of all american boys it seems) or Nancy Drew. Only watched some old movies of Nancy -that would explain why I'm not part of the 'Nancy was so cool' of the old crowd.- , and old episodes of the HB series, and okay I used to have a bit of crush over Sean Cassidy. (view spoiler)[Must be the dimples xd (hide spoiler)]No so much now.In this comic adapted to modern times , we have cell phones and the net, and the old themes of greed, envy, murder, suspicion, bad cops, beatings, drugs , nasty business and ostracism. Yeah, small town - big hell. Frank and Joe are accused of the murder of their father and are the pariah of Bayport. Meanwhile Nancy appears as a manipulative... person. Intend in get one over her old man (view spoiler)[ the thing with her mother mails? very childish conclusions without thinking in other possible things (hide spoiler)] -The thing that irked me more was the cop beating a minor (they are still in school according to this) during the interrogation.-Not the most original plot or development but is written within the genre I guess.-The drawing have a 50s feeling.----------------Dentro de la corriente de re-re-introducir viejas historias y comics viene esta nueva introducción de los Hardy Boys y de Nancy Drew. Debo confesar en este punto que nunca he leido ningún libro de dichos aspirantes a detectives, sino que solamente he visto algunas las películas de Nancy y que vi en algún punto algunos episodios de los Hardy Boys (versión años 70s). Sigue los típicos temas de un asesinato donde culpan a los hijos, el padre estaba bajo sospecha de negocios sucios, y ellos deciden investigar por su cuenta. No hay argumentos muy originales bajo esto, siguiendo las conclusiones de una historia de detectives con unas pocas desviaciones en el camino.Molesta el temita que los dos hermanos estan peleando por impresionar a la chica. Mientras que ella no esta ni ahi con ellos, pero parece agradarle que ellos sigan haciendolo.No es el tipo de historia que seguiria leyendo. (y quedan cosas pendientes para la próxima entrega) >
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  • Chad
    January 1, 1970
    Given that the last time I read a Hardy Boys book, I was probably 10, I didn't expect to be reading new stories in my 4o's and digging them. Del Col has definitely turned the series on its ear with the kids are all grown up now even though they are still in their teens. Joe and Frank's dad has been murdered and they are the prime suspects. So Nancy and the boys go undercover to find the real murderer. The end of the book also hints at bigger conspiracies to come. Del Col definitely steers the st Given that the last time I read a Hardy Boys book, I was probably 10, I didn't expect to be reading new stories in my 4o's and digging them. Del Col has definitely turned the series on its ear with the kids are all grown up now even though they are still in their teens. Joe and Frank's dad has been murdered and they are the prime suspects. So Nancy and the boys go undercover to find the real murderer. The end of the book also hints at bigger conspiracies to come. Del Col definitely steers the story into the crime noir genre. Dell'edera provides Tim Sale like retro art that looks like an extension of one of those pulp covers.Received an advance copy from Dynamite and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Shadowdenizen
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Netgalley, as always, for providing digital copies of these tomes. We live in a time where everything old is new again! Comics like Archie, Star Trek and Star Wars are experiencing a resurgence (both through their Classic and "New Riverdale" lines), and TV and Cinema are rife with revivials/remakes/remaginings of classic fare.While not everything they're bringing back stands the test of time, unfortunately, I'm pleased to report that this collection both respects the time-honored eleme Thanks to Netgalley, as always, for providing digital copies of these tomes. We live in a time where everything old is new again! Comics like Archie, Star Trek and Star Wars are experiencing a resurgence (both through their Classic and "New Riverdale" lines), and TV and Cinema are rife with revivials/remakes/remaginings of classic fare.While not everything they're bringing back stands the test of time, unfortunately, I'm pleased to report that this collection both respects the time-honored elements that we love about our intrepid heroine and her steadfast colleagues, and brings a modern take to the trappings and characters. By necessity due to the age we live in, this books is a bit darker in tone than the classic novels of the times, but to my mind, that's not a bad thing. There's more of an gradual escalation of scale in this arc, where the characters genuinely seem to be in danger throughout, which I appreciated, as it befits the genre (I think.)I'd highly recommend this title, and am looking forward to the resumption of the next arc sometime after November.
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  • Manon
    January 1, 1970
    I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I had never read anything Nancy Drew before.But it didn’t bother me when reading this. The story was well constructed, the characters complex and interesting.I really enjoyed getting to know Nancy as well as both Joe and Frank.This was such a fast read, the intrigue just took me and left me wanting more... I hope a sequel comes out soon!
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    This is not your grandma's Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys! It's a gritty, violent, crime-ridden world where people are murdered in bloody ways. Nancy is brilliant and kick-ass as expected and she's a real babe too! The Hardy brothers are good foils with complimentary personalities but I was a bit shocked at how much they physically fought with each other. I have never read the original series so I can't compare but this one is definitely for teens and adults. I'm really interested to see where this c This is not your grandma's Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys! It's a gritty, violent, crime-ridden world where people are murdered in bloody ways. Nancy is brilliant and kick-ass as expected and she's a real babe too! The Hardy brothers are good foils with complimentary personalities but I was a bit shocked at how much they physically fought with each other. I have never read the original series so I can't compare but this one is definitely for teens and adults. I'm really interested to see where this conspiracy goes!The retro graphic style and colouring suited the darkness of this noir detective story while still keeping it fun, since these are teenagers. Nancy Drew is very femme fatale in this series and it's kind of awesome. The depictions of the Hardy boys remind me a bit of Jughead and Archie which fits with their personalities too.Thank you to Diamond Book Distributors for providing an Electronic Advance Reader Copy via NetGalley for review.
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  • Devann
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewFirst I just want to say that I have never read anything with the Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew in my entire life, but this looked fun so I thought I would give it a try. That being said I'm not sure how similar this is to the rest of the franchise, if everyone is more or less in character, or whether die-hard fans will enjoy this. But if you're just looking for a fun mystery comic with some noir influences I would def I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewFirst I just want to say that I have never read anything with the Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew in my entire life, but this looked fun so I thought I would give it a try. That being said I'm not sure how similar this is to the rest of the franchise, if everyone is more or less in character, or whether die-hard fans will enjoy this. But if you're just looking for a fun mystery comic with some noir influences I would definitely recommend this. The art has a classic feel that really helps set the whole mood and the plot is interesting and moves along at a good pace. There are some bits where the dialogue or inner monologue feels a little bit cliched but I understand what they were trying to do with turning it into a noir detective story and I still enjoyed it overall.
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  • Nicola Mansfield
    January 1, 1970
    Brings back Drew and the Hardy Bros for the contemporary world. I enjoyed this so much and look forward to the next volume. Fantastic crime noir story, incorporating characters from both series. I also just love the inclusion of other Stratemeyer Syndicate characters: The Rover Boys as the villains, Tom Swift helps out and the Bobbsey Twins are hanging in the background. The ending lets us know they will play a bigger part next time around.Great story in which Frank and Joe are being framed for Brings back Drew and the Hardy Bros for the contemporary world. I enjoyed this so much and look forward to the next volume. Fantastic crime noir story, incorporating characters from both series. I also just love the inclusion of other Stratemeyer Syndicate characters: The Rover Boys as the villains, Tom Swift helps out and the Bobbsey Twins are hanging in the background. The ending lets us know they will play a bigger part next time around.Great story in which Frank and Joe are being framed for the death of their father. Nancy helps them to find the truth but in the end, she has to face some unpleasant facts, too.The art's atmospheric tone adds to the noir feeling of the story.
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  • Didi
    January 1, 1970
    Just finished ‘Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: The Big Lie’.Reading this brings back memories during primary school days. I couldn’t get enough of Nancy Drew back then. To see it reincarnate into a graphic novel and in a current modern setting, is a very good thing. I cannot recommend it enough.
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  • Kevin
    January 1, 1970
    In his introduction to the trade paperback collection of Dynamite Entertainment's Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: The Big Lie, Francesco Francavilla states, "These are the Hardy Boys like you have never seen them before. This is Nancy Drew like you've never seen her before. And this is to say that the book is not your grandparents' NANCY DREW AND THE HARDY BOYS books."Thank God!Please don't misunderstand me. Growing up, I voraciously read the yellow-spined Nancy Drew and blue-spined Hardy Boys bo In his introduction to the trade paperback collection of Dynamite Entertainment's Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: The Big Lie, Francesco Francavilla states, "These are the Hardy Boys like you have never seen them before. This is Nancy Drew like you've never seen her before. And this is to say that the book is not your grandparents' NANCY DREW AND THE HARDY BOYS books."Thank God!Please don't misunderstand me. Growing up, I voraciously read the yellow-spined Nancy Drew and blue-spined Hardy Boys books. I quickly discovered that some of the books I was reading were revised editions of books originally published between 1927, when the first Hardy Boys books hit the market, and about 1957. Thanks to a dear friend I was able to read most of the original text versions of the Nancy Drew books. I've since read the original versions of the first 34 Drew books, and a good number of the first 38 Hardy Boys books.A change in both series took place in 1959. In addition to a new volume in both series, the first couple of books in each series was revised to eliminate negative stereotypes, shorten the stories, and to increase the amount of action. The Hardy brothers and Nancy Drew had been known to work outside of -- and in competition with -- law enforcement. With the revisions, the characters became pro law-and-order types. In Nancy's case, she also became practically perfect in every way. She could step into a role on the stage at a moment's notice having memorized the lines or play the bagpipes after one lesson or speak a dialect of a language having heard it once or twice. By 1977 the early books in both the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew series had been revised, and the first 58 Hardy Boys and first 56 Nancy Drew books continue to be in print to this day. Even though new series for the characters are currently being published, it is the blue-spined Hardys and yellow-spined Nancy Drews that most people remember and pass on to their kids, grandkids, nieces, and nephews.But writer Anthony Del Col, artist Werther Dell'Edera, and colorist Stefano Simeone have brought Nancy, Frank, and Joe into the 21st century, changing their external circumstances -- we find out that Fenton Hardy was murdered, for example, on the second page of the story -- without changing the essence of what makes Nancy, Frank, and Joe who they are. Bayport Police Chief Ezra Collig is here, but is now a person of color. Carson Drew is now a federal prosecutor. Nancy, Frank, and Joe are friends with or acquainted with other familiar series book characters such as Tom Swift, Bert and Nan Bobbsey, the Rover Boys, etc.Dropping Nancy Drew and Frank and Joe Hardy into a noir setting, a setting definitely more hard-boiled than they usually find themselves, would seem to be an odd choice except for the fact that they manage to take it all in stride. Readers soon discover that this isn't the first time Nancy, Frank, and Joe's world has been rocked by secrets better left hidden. Del Col ends the story with a cliffhanger, promising that this is only "The End . . . For Now," suggesting that there is far more to the story than what is told in The Big Lie.Del Col writes succinctly, allowing Dell'Edera's art and Simeone's colors to convey mood and demeanor and move the story forward. Dell'Edera's art is loose and sketch-like in places but emphasizes at the same time the idea that things are constantly in motion. Simeone's colors manage to make Bayport look like the perfect vacation spot that visitors see, as when he uses bright color tones like those used in comics 35 years ago and more, and also reveals the seedy side of the town through the use of darker tones when America's favorite teen detectives move into areas where perhaps they shouldn't be.I cannot recommend this book enough. Fans of Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys who only want to read stories involving Nancy, Frank, and Joe as they appear in the books from 1957-1979 may be reluctant to give this a try, but if they do I think they'll find that the same things they like about the characters in those books are still here.I understand Dynamite Entertainment has green-lighted the second arc of Del Col's story for release in 2018. I can't wait! (And I hope that Simon and Schuster, owners and publishers of the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series, considers a prose companion series for teens/young adults featuring the characters.)Rating: 5 StarsI received a copy of the trade paperback from Dynamite Entertainment and Diamond Book Distributors through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Sesana
    January 1, 1970
    I always liked Nancy Drew. Injecting her and the Hardy Boys into a gritty, noir-tinged mystery works really well. Hardly surprising, Nancy has been investigating murders for decades. It's a good mystery, though it felt like it was wrapped up a bit too quickly. The art is great, reminiscent of Sean Phillips's work on Criminal without looking like an imitation. Certainly a more adult incarnation of classic characters, but it isn't a wild jump for them, either.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    Although I read the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, as a kid, I also read the Alfred Hitchcock series of the Famous Three, which I liked better. Actually, I found that even though my grandfather wrote mystery novels, I was never that big on them, and preferred fantasy, or historic novels.Saying this, as a way to explain that although I am familiar with the original Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, I have no idea what Frank or Joe are known for, what sets them apart. I was hoping, because this was a modern Although I read the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, as a kid, I also read the Alfred Hitchcock series of the Famous Three, which I liked better. Actually, I found that even though my grandfather wrote mystery novels, I was never that big on them, and preferred fantasy, or historic novels.Saying this, as a way to explain that although I am familiar with the original Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, I have no idea what Frank or Joe are known for, what sets them apart. I was hoping, because this was a modern version of these stories which are at least created 60 years ago, that I wouldn't have to.Unfortunately, all I felt I got from this was a typical bad ass girl (Nancy) with two teenage boys who were just there to argue and fight.This is the first six issues of this series of comic books, and does not complete the story, so we still don't know how this will end.This is an ok story, a bit of back and forth, a lot of posing of Nancy, with her tight jeans, but not high heels, at least. And why, oh why, did the artists, who are trying to give an updated version of this story, show the only woman of color, as dressed up in a traditional Chinese outfit, when everyone one else is contemporary. And why oh why, is guy, a young man of color, Tom Swift, who is helping the boys with their hacking, only a bit character?So, perhaps this is more for fans of the original Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys, but if they liked them, they might not like seeing them updated.Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.
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  • Quentin Wallace
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 StarsI'm not that familiar with the original Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys stories (I'm a Three Investigators guy) but I know enough about them to know this was a much darker story for the characters then usual. The Hardy Boys father commits suicide because he's found out to be a dirty cop, but foul play is suspected. Nancy Drew teams up with the brothers in order to get to the bottom of things. There's more murder and we even see the trio go undercover as criminals in order to sort things out.I 3.5 StarsI'm not that familiar with the original Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys stories (I'm a Three Investigators guy) but I know enough about them to know this was a much darker story for the characters then usual. The Hardy Boys father commits suicide because he's found out to be a dirty cop, but foul play is suspected. Nancy Drew teams up with the brothers in order to get to the bottom of things. There's more murder and we even see the trio go undercover as criminals in order to sort things out.I personally thought the characters didn't quite work in this noir type tale. It just seemed too dark for them. That being said, it was still an entertaining story with good art so if you're a fan this is at least work giving a look.
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  • Shali
    January 1, 1970
    Received a digital copy through NetGalley.3.5 stars.If you're anything like me, you probably grew up reading the old Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books; maybe even have a few of those Nancy Drew computer games lying around. For a lot of people, those books were what introduced them to the genre of mystery, and they continue to be classic favorites today.To be perfectly honest, I was kind of skeptical, going into The Big Lie, if only because I haven't been interested in Nancy or the Hardy's in a lon Received a digital copy through NetGalley.3.5 stars.If you're anything like me, you probably grew up reading the old Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books; maybe even have a few of those Nancy Drew computer games lying around. For a lot of people, those books were what introduced them to the genre of mystery, and they continue to be classic favorites today.To be perfectly honest, I was kind of skeptical, going into The Big Lie, if only because I haven't been interested in Nancy or the Hardy's in a long time. But by the end of the book, my love for them was rekindled, and I find myself wishing to continue with the story. The art wasn't bad either- it had a kind of old-fashioned comic book feel to it, and I think it fit really well with the tone of the story.This isn't exactly the Nancy Drew and Hardy brothers we're all familiar with; The Big Lie is a gritty, modern, noir thriller- the themes are dark, and the young detectives come with lots of baggage. Life is good for the Hardy boys, until Frank and Joe's father is accused of being a dirty cop and is later found dead. Though it appears to be a suicide, the police begin to suspect foul play, and the boys are the number one suspects in his murder. The two quickly realize that if they want the real killer caught, they'll have to do it themselves. But they're not alone, of course, they have their old buddy Nancy Drew, to help them out.As the teens investigate, they find themselves being sucked into the criminal underworld of the small town of Bayport, and discover that things aren't always how they first appear to be.Did I solve the mystery before the main trio? While the mystery itself went in a lot of different directions, I felt the answer was somewhat obvious in the beginning, and more so by the middle of the book.Did I enjoy the story anyway? Of course. It was fun, and I really liked the dark twist to the original stories, and while I was fairly certain in my assumptions, The Big Lie still had me second-guessing right up till the end.Would I continue with this series? If at all possible, yes.
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  • Ana (thestarslisten)
    January 1, 1970
    *ARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*For someone who hasn't read any of the books from these famous teen mystery solvers, I could say that I was quiet entertained.The world is now modern and Nancy and the Boys are seen in a world of different problems. However, I do perceive Nancy as a neat and good girl, not one who seems dark and manipulates people. But what do I know? I can't even remember the film played by Emma Roberts. Frank and Joe are different in this new story *ARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*For someone who hasn't read any of the books from these famous teen mystery solvers, I could say that I was quiet entertained.The world is now modern and Nancy and the Boys are seen in a world of different problems. However, I do perceive Nancy as a neat and good girl, not one who seems dark and manipulates people. But what do I know? I can't even remember the film played by Emma Roberts. Frank and Joe are different in this new story too. I believe their characters have changed because supporting characters in the story keep mentioning how they're no longer as close as they used to. I understand, brothers don't always see eye to eye and we're over the plot where two brothers fight over one girl. Or are we?It still followed the pattern where a mystery -- or a crime in this story -- undergoes two to three suspects before finding the guilty person. I'm not very familiar with the comic/graphic novel world but I am glad this ended with another mystery intact. I can assure you that I am quite intrigued with the next case.
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  • Liam Berge
    January 1, 1970
    I received this graphic novel free in return for my review.Something terrible has happened in the nice town of Bayport, Frank and Joe Hardy's father has been murdered and they're suspected of the crime. Only with the help of Nancy Drew can the boys clear their names and find out who really killed their father.Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys is a great modern take on the crime solving cast with a dark noir theme throughout. I felt the darkness in the art was a great take on the story bringing the d I received this graphic novel free in return for my review.Something terrible has happened in the nice town of Bayport, Frank and Joe Hardy's father has been murdered and they're suspected of the crime. Only with the help of Nancy Drew can the boys clear their names and find out who really killed their father.Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys is a great modern take on the crime solving cast with a dark noir theme throughout. I felt the darkness in the art was a great take on the story bringing the duo into their more mature lights.I had never read any of the Hardy Boy or Nancy Drew stories but have really enjoyed this and would read further if this style of writing was a route that it went down again, it is defiantly worth a read for everyone who likes a crime solving graphic novel.
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  • Claire
    January 1, 1970
    Amazing. All the stars
  • Emmanuel Nevers
    January 1, 1970
    I thoroughly and wholeheartedly loved this! I grew up watching reruns of the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew TV show and have owned a few of the books in the past. This was a great update of the teen detectives and is so cinematic and stepped in the crime noir genre. The art and story are phenomenally good and well paced. The way the Hardy's and Nancy Drew are connected and how their story and family are interrelating with each other is a cool concept I hadn't ever thought about. Anyone who was fans o I thoroughly and wholeheartedly loved this! I grew up watching reruns of the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew TV show and have owned a few of the books in the past. This was a great update of the teen detectives and is so cinematic and stepped in the crime noir genre. The art and story are phenomenally good and well paced. The way the Hardy's and Nancy Drew are connected and how their story and family are interrelating with each other is a cool concept I hadn't ever thought about. Anyone who was fans of the teen super sleuths as kids will love this modern crime noir tale that interweaves and expounding up a connected story that has references from the character's history! Highly recommended!
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  • Pop Bop
    January 1, 1970
    Sort of NoirThis volume collects issues 1-6 of "Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: The Big Lie", and is a complete story, ending with a hint of additional collections to come. It is being promoted as "a twisty hardboiled noir tale", which struck me as a bit of an exaggeration, but a fair enough description. I thought that compared to the original Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew books this counts as hardboiled, but compared to actual hardboiled fiction this is more like hardboiled-lite. That's not necessar Sort of NoirThis volume collects issues 1-6 of "Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: The Big Lie", and is a complete story, ending with a hint of additional collections to come. It is being promoted as "a twisty hardboiled noir tale", which struck me as a bit of an exaggeration, but a fair enough description. I thought that compared to the original Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew books this counts as hardboiled, but compared to actual hardboiled fiction this is more like hardboiled-lite. That's not necessarily bad, you just shouldn't get your hopes way up if you like classic noir pulp.The authors do an excellent job of bringing Frank and Joe and Nancy into a darker and more grownup world. Fenton Hardy has been murdered, and there are dark doings in Bayport. This isn't low rent smugglers in caves and the other mainstays of the Hardy and Drew series. This is drugs and dirty cops and a body count. Frank and Joe can still be a bit juvenile, and they seem to be more on the cusp of moving into adulthood than they are actual adults. Nancy Drew just has hints of the sexy femme and also sort of wavers between being a grownup and being a teen phenom. That was actually O.K. by me because I'm not sure if I was ready for the Boys and Nancy to be really broken and dark noir heroes. As I say, noir-lite.At first the drawing was a bit disappointing because it felt and looked mostly just like old-school classic comic drawing. But, that style actually worked for the story, felt right, (that is, not slick), for the characters, and nicely complemented the story being told. There were some sharp touches around the edges, some interesting and more impressionistic panels, and good handling of light and dark. I know this sounds simple, but I appreciated the fact that the lettering was readable.(There's an alternate cover gallery at the end of the book that is intriguing and well worth a close look.)The upshot is that this was an entertaining and imaginative update and reimagining of some favorite characters, and that struck me as all to the good.(Please note that I received a free advance will-self-destruct-in-x-days Adobe Digital copy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)
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  • Samantha
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free e-arc of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.I really liked this graphic novel. It was really interesting to see Nancy, Frank and Joe in a more modern setting and with a grittier story. I really liked that each character had a different colour of box for their inner monologue. I loved that Frank felt authentic and true to the book series, as I treasured those growing up.I was disappointed that Aunt Gertrude and Hannah weren't mentioned, I would have loved I received a free e-arc of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.I really liked this graphic novel. It was really interesting to see Nancy, Frank and Joe in a more modern setting and with a grittier story. I really liked that each character had a different colour of box for their inner monologue. I loved that Frank felt authentic and true to the book series, as I treasured those growing up.I was disappointed that Aunt Gertrude and Hannah weren't mentioned, I would have loved to see those characters modernised. The reason I can't give this the full five stars is that I was really disappointed in how some of the characters were portrayed. Nancy came across flat and petulant, she didn't feel like the smart, resourceful, capable amateur detective we know and love. Joe was really just a guy who talked with his fists and didn't have much going on upstairs. Fenton, Carson, and Collig were the worst, they felt like completely different characters, I could not reconcile their behavior with what I was used to seeing from them.Overall I am aware that my issues may stem from the fact that I haven't read many graphic novels, and I certainly know even less about noir. I enjoyed the read, I flew through it and would love to read more of the story. If you enjoyed the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, definitely give this a go, but be aware this is not the books we grew up with, in much more than just the setting.
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  • Tony Cali
    January 1, 1970
    Taking a turn that seems a popular trend in comics and graphic novels, Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys go to the dark side. Focused on the murder case of the Hardy patriarch being branded a dirty cop and killed, the three go back to their roots of investigating the case. Nancy is also concerned that her father may have some dealings with the death. A speedy read and a solid mystery the story goes from poker cheating to drugs to murder seamlessly. However, the end feels rushed and unfinished with a Taking a turn that seems a popular trend in comics and graphic novels, Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys go to the dark side. Focused on the murder case of the Hardy patriarch being branded a dirty cop and killed, the three go back to their roots of investigating the case. Nancy is also concerned that her father may have some dealings with the death. A speedy read and a solid mystery the story goes from poker cheating to drugs to murder seamlessly. However, the end feels rushed and unfinished with a murderer who, although plausible, seemed unworthy. Overall I enjoyed this and would like to see more. The look of the novel was nothing short of amazing, both updated and retro at the same time.
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  • Ron
    January 1, 1970
    Frank and Joe Hardy's dad had been murdered after being accused of being involved in a crime syndicate. Nancy Drew and her dad were in town on related business so she teamed up with Frank and Joe to find the killer. But the more strings they pulled, the more the normality of Bayport unraveled. Even with the aid of Tom Swift, the finish line seems to keep receding into the distance like a mirage. And even the end of one mystery just sets the stage for another noir mystery. Plenty of grit and fist Frank and Joe Hardy's dad had been murdered after being accused of being involved in a crime syndicate. Nancy Drew and her dad were in town on related business so she teamed up with Frank and Joe to find the killer. But the more strings they pulled, the more the normality of Bayport unraveled. Even with the aid of Tom Swift, the finish line seems to keep receding into the distance like a mirage. And even the end of one mystery just sets the stage for another noir mystery. Plenty of grit and fisticuffs to keep the adrenaline junkie entertained while the twists keep the brain cases employed. It will be interesting to see what comes next!Thanks Netgalley and Dynamite for the opportunity to read this volume!
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  • David Watson
    January 1, 1970
    Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys have been around since the 1920’s in books, movies, TV and comics. In the beginning their antics were aimed towards a young audience but over the years their audience got older and some of their stories were aimed at an older audience. This brings us to the present day and a new limited edition comic series from Dynamite comics. Nancy Drew And The Hardy Boys: The Big Lie is written by Anthony Del Coy with art by Wertr Dell’Edera and shows the characters as you’ve ne Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys have been around since the 1920’s in books, movies, TV and comics. In the beginning their antics were aimed towards a young audience but over the years their audience got older and some of their stories were aimed at an older audience. This brings us to the present day and a new limited edition comic series from Dynamite comics. Nancy Drew And The Hardy Boys: The Big Lie is written by Anthony Del Coy with art by Wertr Dell’Edera and shows the characters as you’ve never seen them before.Frank and Joe Hardy had everything going for them, good part-time jobs, nice girlfriends and the respect of everyone in the town of Bayport. Everything starts to fall apart though when their father and police detective Fenton is accused of corruption. The whole town turns against them and their father commits suicide, or so it seems. After an investigation the police suspect that Frank and Joe murdered their father. The police not have all the proof they need but in the court of public opinion, the boys are already guilty. Luckily for them Nancy Drew doesn’t believe that and has a plan to prove their innocence.What drew me to this graphic novel was the cover which was drawn by Faye Dalton. I’ve been wanting to know more about the Noir and Hard boiled mystery genre and this book seemed to be a good fit. I wasn’t disappointed either, I haven’t read any Hardy Boys books since I was a kid but that didn’t matter, you don’t need to know the characters well to enjoy this book. From the opening pages you know that these aren’t the characters that you grew up with. Bayport is a dark place filled with crime, drugs and more than one dark secret. I loved how this book goes back and looks at the Hardy’s family and we see that there were a few criminals in the bloodline and the Hardy Boy’s father may have been as corrupt as the public thinks.I also liked hearing about Nancy’s background and how she finds out that her dad has his own dark secrets. I loved how Nancy was shown in this book, when she finds out details on the death of her mother she decides to do what teenagers are supposed to do which is party. She quickly finds out that partying isn’t for her and goes on to do what she does best, which is solve mysteries. We get to see Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys solving mysteries as kids, then as moody manipulating teenagers and I enjoyed how the book shows the kids changing through the years.No one is what they appear and everyone has a secret or two and The Hardy Boys have their own ideas of what’s right and wrong and fight quite a bit. There are a lot of great twists and turns to this book and I never saw the ending coming. Also the art is amazing and adds a lot to the story making the dark mood to the plot even darker. This book was a fun read with the art and story firing together on all cylinders. If you love graphic novels, this one is a must read.
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  • Theresa
    January 1, 1970
    *I received this book in exchange for an honest review. A huge thanks to NetGalley and the publisher!*I love Nancy Drew! I have around 100 books, all the computer games, and own the movies and TV show. So, I was quite intrigued when I heard about this new comic series earlier this year. I hadn’t gotten around to checking out the individual issues yet though. So, when I found out all six issues of the series were becoming one volume, and that it was available on NetGalley, I was quite excited!Whe *I received this book in exchange for an honest review. A huge thanks to NetGalley and the publisher!*I love Nancy Drew! I have around 100 books, all the computer games, and own the movies and TV show. So, I was quite intrigued when I heard about this new comic series earlier this year. I hadn’t gotten around to checking out the individual issues yet though. So, when I found out all six issues of the series were becoming one volume, and that it was available on NetGalley, I was quite excited!When I read the first issue, I was a bit unsure on how I felt about it. This isn’t the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books from your childhood. That being said, the more I read, the more this story grew on me!While this mystery is more mature and darker than the books, I really felt like the spirit of Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys was there. The characters were edgier, but really their personalities were the same, just amplified, and I really loved that!The actual mystery, in itself, was really well done. It was a bit difficult accepting the fact that Fenton Hardy was murdered, but ultimately, doing something so risky as to kill off such a prominent character in the original Hardy Boys series really showed what this series was about. I don’t want to give away anything, so Ill just say that The Big Lie was filled with plot twists and suspense, and overall, it was just really good. The artwork was really great too. I absolutely loved how the back of the book featured all the various covers for each individual issue. My favorite cover is issue #3, which was created by Fay Dalton.Another thing I really appreciated were all the references to other characters from the Stratemeyer Syndicate. You may not be aware, but Carolyn Keene and Franklin W. Dixon were not real people. All the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boy books were created by Edward Stratemeyer, as well as several other not quite as well-known series (like the Bobbsey Twins and Tom Swift) and ghost written by various people, under the Stratemeyer Syndicate. So, that was really fun to see those references!Overall, The Big Lie was really well done. I’m quite new to graphic novels and comic books, so I’m still learning what I like and dislike, but I found this one to be very enjoyable. I plan on buying myself a physical copy to add to my Nancy Drew collection soon! I would definitely recommend this book to fans of Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, as well as to anyone who is a fan of mystery comics. I look forward to, hopefully, reading more titles in this series in the future!Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: The Big Lie will be released November 28th, 2017! However, you can check out the first issue for FREE on Amazon Kindle and comiXology now!
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  • Cameron Chaney
    January 1, 1970
    All my life, I have been a huge fan of Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys. From early childhood to current day, I enjoy snuggling up with one of these mysteries and reading into the late hours of night. Or getting cozy and playing one of the Nancy Drew computer games. Both series have brought me endless hours of entertainment. So you can imagine my excitement when I discovered there was a new Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys comic that took the detectives in a much darker direction.Reading this, I am very m All my life, I have been a huge fan of Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys. From early childhood to current day, I enjoy snuggling up with one of these mysteries and reading into the late hours of night. Or getting cozy and playing one of the Nancy Drew computer games. Both series have brought me endless hours of entertainment. So you can imagine my excitement when I discovered there was a new Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys comic that took the detectives in a much darker direction.Reading this, I am very much reminded of the new Archie comics, how they take childhood stories we're all familiar with and age them up, driving them in a more realistic direction. That's what the team on Dynamite's Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys comic does here. Nancy and the Hardys are no longer the clean cut, all-American goody-goodies you remember. Instead, Nancy is your traditional femme fatale and the Hardy brothers are fist-swinging gumshoe types. It's a modern noir tale of murder, mobs, and betrayal!Overall, I liked this new direction for my favorite teen detectives. It's different but not so different that I feel like the eye of my youth has been spit in. The characters aren't completely unrecognizable. And the town of Bayport is still picturesque... on top. What we get to see here is the dirty underbelly of Bayport, which makes sense considering all the crime that took place in the original books. I just hope we get to see River Heights (Nancy's hometown) again. It made a brief appearance in this volume, but I wanted more.I enjoyed all the guest appearances of other book series detectives like Tom Swift and the Bobbsey Twins. I just wish there would have been more development for Nancy and the Hardys. We got to see some of their classic characterizations, but I wanted more from them. I just hope there are more volumes to come.The mystery is where the story fell flat for me. I just wasn't interested and it kept losing me. Solving the murder of the Hardys' father should have been more intriguing but I couldn't keep up. Otherwise, this was a cool take on the series and I can't wait for more.
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  • Adam Graham
    January 1, 1970
    I'm a longtime fan of both the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew. So, I picked up this selection, the NOIR take on the character with curiosity but also with trepidation. Would they completely destroy these beloved characters in an overly gritty grimdark story? To be honest, the early issues had me nervous. The book begins quite dark with Frank and Joe's father already murdered and them the prime suspects and and Frank being beat up but the lovable Chief Colig from the novels, though he's not so lovable I'm a longtime fan of both the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew. So, I picked up this selection, the NOIR take on the character with curiosity but also with trepidation. Would they completely destroy these beloved characters in an overly gritty grimdark story? To be honest, the early issues had me nervous. The book begins quite dark with Frank and Joe's father already murdered and them the prime suspects and and Frank being beat up but the lovable Chief Colig from the novels, though he's not so lovable here. No one is to start out with. The book begins with Nancy seeming almost hard as nails as she leads the hapless Hardy's through her plan to find the truth, a plan that puts the Hardys on the wrong side of the law. The story gets better and you do feel by the end that these characters do relate to the ones in the novel, even in this grittier world. While it's not my preferred take on the characters, it's a respectful one that tells a compelling story with some nice emotional moments. The artwork helps. It's more stylized than your typical comic book art, but it uses its colors and shading intelligently to help tell the story and it succeeds in building the noir atmosphere. The cover art is particularly striking.The book isn't without its flaws. Anthony Del Col, like many older writers, is trying to tell a story of modern teenagers and has them using many pop culture references that any teenager would know---if they were alive in a prior decade. In addition, the book tries to randomly re-imagine some other books opened by the same syndicate as the Hardy Boys such as the Bobsey Twins and Tom Swift as a butcher's son (what the heck?) and occasionally I feel like the book tried too hard to be edgy. Still, these were few and far between. If you're open to a different take on the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, this might be a good book for your.****Disclosure: I Received a free copy from Net Galley in Exchange for an Honest Review***
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  • Audrey Adamson
    January 1, 1970
    Nancy Drew and the crew come into the modern world with a bang! This is nor your mother's Nancy Drew!when their dad is shot dead, the Hardy boys are the number one suspect, there is only one way to find out who killer there father: partner with Nancy Drew who's father is working on a local case. This path isn't like the old days of discovering the mysteries of a local cave. Drew and the boys encounter death, drug running and high stakes poker. Bayport is not the postcard image that it seems.I gr Nancy Drew and the crew come into the modern world with a bang! This is nor your mother's Nancy Drew!when their dad is shot dead, the Hardy boys are the number one suspect, there is only one way to find out who killer there father: partner with Nancy Drew who's father is working on a local case. This path isn't like the old days of discovering the mysteries of a local cave. Drew and the boys encounter death, drug running and high stakes poker. Bayport is not the postcard image that it seems.I grew up reading the Nancy Drew Files. So when I read the original stories I was underwhelmed. But the Big Lie takes the Files a even further. Pitting Drew and the Hardy Boy in a noir world of Bayport is exciting and thrilling. In fact, it's the only reason I thankful to Riverdale and the zombie version of Archie comics; they set the stage for some of the classics to come back darker and more entertaining than ever.On the down side I got tired of the boys fighting each other as well as posturing over Nancy. Nancy is interested in solving crimes not these two lunk heads. But I did lobe how It brought in other classics such as the Bobbsey twins. I can't wait to see what happens next and how the writers might bring Bess in!I received an ARC from NetGalley; all opinions are my own.
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  • Diane Hernandez
    January 1, 1970
    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 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.
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  • Greyson (Grey) Edwards
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Netgalley for providing me an advanced reader copy in exchange for my honest review.These are the Hardy Boys like you have never seen them before. This is Nancy Drew like you've never seen her before. And this is to say that the book is not your grandparents' NANCY DREW AND THE HARDY BOYS books.I really enjoyed this graphic novel!I never got into Nancy Drew as a kid but I have no idea why because from what I have seen and learned over the years, she would have been right up my alley Thank you to Netgalley for providing me an advanced reader copy in exchange for my honest review.These are the Hardy Boys like you have never seen them before. This is Nancy Drew like you've never seen her before. And this is to say that the book is not your grandparents' NANCY DREW AND THE HARDY BOYS books.I really enjoyed this graphic novel!I never got into Nancy Drew as a kid but I have no idea why because from what I have seen and learned over the years, she would have been right up my alley. Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: The Big Lie was so much fun to read. I loved the way they wrote in the backstory, a lot of the time graphic novels feel like they're just throwing in the back story without any artistic flare to it, this wasn't the case here, which I greatly appreciated. I loved the artwork, as it still felt like 'classic comic book style' to me. I thought the twists and turns were great and I can't wait to see more of Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys.
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    Well, there are no words.Literally. There are no words on some of the pages in the e-galley that I got. One of those pages was crucial to the storyline and I had no idea what was going on! It was a bookish nightmare! I plan on checking out The Big Lie from my library as soon as possible to find out what I missed. Other than the blank spaces, I liked the graphic novel. The mystery and darkness was on an adult level, which was nice, but it still had the nostalgia of the old books that I read as a Well, there are no words.Literally. There are no words on some of the pages in the e-galley that I got. One of those pages was crucial to the storyline and I had no idea what was going on! It was a bookish nightmare! I plan on checking out The Big Lie from my library as soon as possible to find out what I missed. Other than the blank spaces, I liked the graphic novel. The mystery and darkness was on an adult level, which was nice, but it still had the nostalgia of the old books that I read as a kid. At first, I wasn’t sure if I liked the art, but it fit the storyline so well that it was fine. The main mystery is solved at the end of the book, but it sets up for the next mystery (very Veronica Mars - love it!) which I am looking forward to reading.
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  • Kristine
    January 1, 1970
    Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: The Big Lie by Anthony Del Col et. al. is a free NetGalley e-comicbook that I read in late October.Self-reporting as a classic book series reset as a noir thriller, Frank and Joe Hardy are accused of the murder of their dispossessed, supposedly corrupt father, Fenton, so Nancy Drew (bevvied by the Rovers and Bobbseys) takes the case. The art style is clearly inspired by the novels' 1950s illustrations, but with the addition of melodramatically blue & purple sha Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: The Big Lie by Anthony Del Col et. al. is a free NetGalley e-comicbook that I read in late October.Self-reporting as a classic book series reset as a noir thriller, Frank and Joe Hardy are accused of the murder of their dispossessed, supposedly corrupt father, Fenton, so Nancy Drew (bevvied by the Rovers and Bobbseys) takes the case. The art style is clearly inspired by the novels' 1950s illustrations, but with the addition of melodramatically blue & purple shadows, drug smuggling, and cellphones; what really slows down the story (and most of the comprehension) is the switch between three different shades of pastel narration squares.
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