Goldie Vance #1

Goldie Vance #1

Writer: Hope Larson Artist: Brittney Williams Publisher: Boom! Studios Release Date: April 13, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 1
8.4Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

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What's to Love: From Nancy Drew to Veronica Mars, we really dig girl detectives! Hope Larson (A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel) and Brittney Williams (Patsy Walker, A.K.A Hellcat!) present the newest gal sleuth on the block with Goldie Vance, an exciting, whodunnit? adventure that mixes the fun of Eloise with the charm of Lumberjanes.

What It Is: In a timeless story, 16-year-old Marigold "Goldie" Vance lives at a Florida resort with her dad, who manages the place. Her mom, who divorced her dad years ago, works as a live mermaid at a club downtown. Goldie has an insatiable curiosity, which explains her dream to one day become the hotel's in-house detective. When Charles, the current detective, encounters a case he can't crack, he agrees to mentor Goldie in exchange for her help solving the mystery utilizing her smarts, random skills, and connections with the hotel staff and various folks in town.

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Isaac Quattlebaum Apr 13, 2016

    It's bittersweet knowing that Goldie Vance will only be a four issue mini-series. I think there's potential for way more storylines beyond four issues but if every issue is as rich with story and fun as this one than I'll gladly take what I can get. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    PopOptiq - Logan Dalton Apr 13, 2016

    Goldie Vance #1 is rooted in the teen detective genre, but Hope Larson and Brittney Williams put their own spin on it through their charming setting and a sparkling cast of characters. Goldie also has an interesting moral compass in that she will not just bend, but break rules to help solve a case, like flat out stealing a hotel guest's car to win the necklace back. All in all, the comic is a really fun read with energetic art, staccato dialogue, and several hooks that will have you pre-ordering the rest of this four issue miniseries. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Doug Zawisza Apr 13, 2016

    I recall seeing comparisons made between Goldie Vance and Nancy Drew and Encyclopedia Brown, but this transcends comparisons, drawing inspiration as respiration, instead of trying for imitation. It also adds in a certain level of blissfully ignorant confidence found in Scooby-Doo (minus the dog) adventures. Goldie Vance #1is a comic that readers of all ages will be able to enjoy, but the young-at-heart will simply devour. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - C.K. Stewart Apr 18, 2016

    With luck, the bigger mystery teased at the end of the premiere issue will be a more involved saga that gives readers the chance to follow hints and twists through the coming issues. But while the mysteries surrounding the Crossed Palms Resort could use a bit more meat to them, Larson and Williams have created a charming cast of characters and an intriguing setting that will capture your interest enough to make up for its first issue stumbles. If you're looking for a fun summer read, Goldie Vance #1 is a delight for readers of all ages, and definitely a miniseries worth your time. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Project-Nerd - Anne Apr 13, 2016

    I feel like Goldie Vance is the kind of comic that can be enjoyed by just about anybody. The story is fun and light, though it does hint at a possibly deeper story arc in following issues. I would especially recommend Goldie Vance to fans of '50s/'60s vintage-style, fans of teen mysteries, and/or fans of comics starring smart and independent young women. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Apr 18, 2016

    Goldie Vance is a really good all-ages comic that feels like an updated Nancy Drew and that is okay with me.  Hope Larson uses this first issue to make the reader fall in love with Goldie as we see that like at the Crossed Palms Resort is full of mystery and adventure.  The story and art are a great combination of fun and I recommend it to anyone who wants to feel like a kid again. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Apr 14, 2016

    This new mini-series may draw inspiration from the likes of Nancy Drew and Lumberjanes, but it never reads like a mere jumble of outside influences. Instead, this first issue offers an engaging look at plucky teen heroine/aspiring detective Goldie as she works to solve a mystery in her father's hotel. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Apr 11, 2016

    This is an awesome first issue for the series. It sets everything up nicely, and gets us pumped for the next issue. I don’t know about you, but I’m beyond curious to see what happened to Ludwig, and what Goldie is going to do about it. Keep reading to find out! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - F.D. White Apr 13, 2016

    Despite minor quibbles with some dialogue and plot advancement, Goldie Vance is a wonderful book for young readers who want to begin to delve into the absurd and have some fun. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Matthew Garcia Apr 14, 2016

    Lots crammed in even if it feels like little progress has been made in the narrative, but nevertheless loaded with plenty of humor and charm to go around. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Apr 14, 2016

    While there are a couple of bumps in the road " the introduction feels a little loose, and Goldie susses out the culprit behind a necklace theft a little too quickly " this book is definitely one to watch. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jennifer Cheng Apr 18, 2016

    "Goldie Vance" #1 has weak pacing and plot twists, but the exposition avoids information dumps and the characters are engaging enough that I'm still on board for the next adventure, especially if the disappearance of Mr. Ludwig ends up having more surprises and depth than the mystery of the missing necklace. Read Full Review

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