And teenage sleuths!
But these aren’t the teenage sleuths you thought you knew.
No, we all remember reading the investigative exploits of amateur detectives Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys during our formative, pre-pubescent years. If you’re at all into the mystery and noir genre today, these three characters probably play a significant role in the development of that interest. You know, along with Scooby Doo.
But Nancy Drew and bothers, Frank and Joe Hardy, were never ones for light and rollicking comedy. Their adventures often took them into the worlds of dark, shadowy and dastardly villains, and often around the world to far-flung locales.
Today sees their return with the release of Nancy Drew & The Hardy Boys: The Big Lie #1, a new series featuring these beloved, time-honoured characters, in a take that’s completely twenty-first century… but still totally noir!
Nancy Drew & The Hardy Boys: The Big Lie #1
Written By: Anthony Del Col
Illustrated By: Werther Dell’Edera
Published By: Dynamite
Written by Anthony Del Col (Kill Shakespeare, Assassin’s Creed) and illustrated by Werther Dell’Edera (Dark Entries, Batman: Detective Comics), Nancy Drew & The Hardy Boys: The Big Lie #1 sets the stage for a modern noir take.
Here, the teenage Hardy Boys are accused of the murder of their father – a detective in the small resort town of Bayport. In order to clear their names and find the perpetrator of such a personal crime, the brothers must team up with femme fatale Nancy Drew – a woman who has seen her share of the underbelly of crime! Under her guidance and penchant for trouble (let’s face it, the Hardy Boys know their share of trouble, too!), the underside of Bayport is turned over for all to see.
Among all the tourists, sun and ocean waves, there is crime here. As well as twists and turns, hard-hitting action, doubles crosses, lies, and women.
All of the hallmarks of classic noir tales!
Hidden behind a cover that evokes the pulp paperback novels where Drew and the Hardy boys were first published in the mid twentieth century, Dell-Edera’s art style is in full effect: nostalgic in remembrances, dark where it wants to be, and kinetic where it needs to be – a perfect match to the mysterious story that Del Col weaves.
There’s murder. There’s mystery. There’s danger.
Most of all, there’s abundant joy in the reading. Make the run to your local comic book store today and pick up Nancy Drew & The Hardy Boys: The Big Lie #1.
You can catch a sneak peek of the first issue right here!