Nancy Drew & The Hardy Boys: The Death of Nancy Drew #1

Writer: Anthony Del Col Artist: Joe Eisma Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment Release Date: June 3, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 16
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Teen detectives Frank and Joe Hardy have investigated many crimes in their lives, but nothing that hits this close to home. Their best friend died mysteriously after taking down a major crime organization. They must put together the clues to uncover the truth about this shocking crime, but the clues lead them to a stunningly unexpected direction!
Written by Ringo-nominated writer Anthony Del Col (Kill Shakespeare, Luke Cage) and with art by Eisner-award winner Joe Eisma (Morning Glories, Riverdale), this gritty and stylish story is a noir that will attract fans of Nancy Drew of all ages.

  • 9.4
    Outright Geekery - Tony Dillard Jun 1, 2020

    This series is dropping at the perfect time. A new release in the second wave since comics returned, those of us who have been closed up inside their homes for nearly 2 months will have a chance to exercise our brains in this intriguing mystery. This new miniseries will make you ponder. Everything you thought you know about the teen mystery sleuths of your youth is wrong! Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    SciFiPulse - Ian Cullen Apr 7, 2020

    A solid start, which has me on the edge of my seat for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Word Of The Nerd - Brent Jackson Mar 31, 2020

    I was not expecting to like The Death of Nancy Drew #1 as much as I did. Wow, what an exciting mystery story this creative team has delivered. No worries if you have never read a Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys story, or you have not read the previous series. If you want to read a good mystery comic book then you can just jump right in on this series. You won't be disappointed. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jun 11, 2020

    The Death of Nancy Drew #1 offers a solid first issue to kick-off the new mini-series. Although the twist at the end is hardly shocking, it does offer an opportunity to push the comic in a slightly different direction next issue and offer the perspective of the one character who isn't given a voice here. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - Derrick Pittman Apr 22, 2020

    Nancy Drew & The Hardy Boys: The Death of Nancy Drew #1 grips you from the beginning and keeps you at the edge of your seat until the very end. It has you emotionally invested in its main character and the mystery to solve. This issue has a destination and it stays the course. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Ingrid Lind-Jahn Jun 5, 2020

    Nancy Drew & the Hardy Boys: The Death of Nancy Drew #1, as a mystery story, is the best place to jump on. It's dark and serious without being utterly grim, and it showcases how flexible these classic characters are. If you're a mystery fan, give it a try! Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jun 3, 2020

    Despite some shaky art, I really enjoyed The Death of Nancy Drew #1. It's predictable and in the end, the overall reveals are what I expected but it's still a solid read. Anthony Del Col nails the pacing, tone, and voice of the comic. It does a service to classic Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys type storytelling with a mix of the dime crime stories. Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Gabriel Hernandez Mar 25, 2020

    DEATH OF NANCY DREW #1 gives the reader a taste of classic detective mystery in a modern setting. The story is well written, and both the coloring and lettering compliment the story well. With a few tweaks to the shadows in the artwork, this is set to be a top-notch detective story. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Geek'd Out - Stephanie Pouliotte Apr 1, 2020

    As expected, the noir-inspired artwork from Joe Eisma is solid, and despite the controversial premise, I love his concept for the cover. He has also clearly perfected the raised eyebrow! I found the coloring a bit flat on a couple panels, but overall, I thought the matte style was a good choice. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jun 5, 2020

    While plenty of people were gnashing their teeth at The Death of Nancy Drew, I can promise that those frustrations and concerns are undeserved " if anything, this book's sins are mainly that it feels more run-of-the-mill than taking any sort of big, controversial swings. But Del Col and Eisma each demonstrate plenty of potential with this first issue, and I think they've definitely done a solid enough job that readers should give their sophomore issue a shot. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Sequential Planet - Steven Martinez Jun 14, 2020

    Anthony Del Col takes us back into his rebooted, grittier world with Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys. The story keeps the big mystery under wraps but leaves enough for us to come back for the second issue. The art is good and adds to the detective/mystery thriller the story is going for. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Impulse Gamer - Tim Chuma Jun 8, 2020

    Nancy Drew the character is celebrating her 90th birthday and has had many different authors under the same pen name. I am sure they wanted to do something big for her anniversary but surely something else would have been better? Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Fandom Post - Josh Begley Jun 3, 2020

    There are definite flaws to this first issue. Some of them are highlighted by the current situation in the United States, others have to do with gender politics that have been part of the hardboiled genre since almost its inception, and others are just narrative choices that don't feel right. I'm not really sure who to recommend this to. I don't see fans of Nancy Drew enjoying this, or fans of the Hardy Boys, for that matter. It's a well put together issue, and there's something to be said for the intellectual enjoyment of seeing these characters in a different mystery genre, but it just feels like the wrong story for the wrong time. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Multiversity Comics - Quinn Tassin Jun 8, 2020

    "The Death of Nancy Drew" has a promising premise but starts with an exposition-heavy, predictable whimper. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    AIPT - Nathan Simmons Jun 3, 2020

    This attempt at a dark Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys story succeeds at being cynical, but not much else. Read Full Review

  • 2.0 - Chase Magnett Jun 3, 2020

    If you hadn't already forgotten the headlines this title stirred up, then know that The Death of Nancy Drew #1 is best left forgotten. Read Full Review

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