As part of its slew of announcements from Emerald City Comic Con, Dynamite Entertainment revealed plans to bring beloved crime-solver Nancy Drew to comics in a new series from the all-female creative team of writer Kelly Thompson (Jem and the Holograms, Hawkeye), artist Jenn St-Onge (Bingo Love, The Misfits), colorist Triona Farrell (Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor) and letterer Ariana Maher (Ringside, 8House).
The official description for the reimagining of Nancy Drew is the following:
In the new series, Nancy Drew is seventeen and good at everything… especially solving crimes. But her totally-in-control-and-obviously-running-perfectly-smooth-(but-not-really) life hits a snag when a mysterious message drags her back to the hometown she left behind. There she’ll have to find out which of her friends are still her friends, which are enemies, and who exactly is trying to kill her…and (hopefully) stop them before they succeed. Nancy, the classic master teen mystery-cracker, will be shown in a way you’ve never seen before, by a creative team with a huge respect for the original tales, and what she could mean for a modern audience.
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“One of my absolute favorite things about Nancy,” Thompson told The Mary Sue, “Is the look on people’s faces when you say her name. Everyone from my mother to friends of all different ages have this incredible connection to Nancy – and everyone sees her a bit differently.”
She added, “Nancy Drew is one of the most iconic characters in all of literature so getting a chance to put a modern spin on her for a modern audience was truly exciting. Nancy’s a character that appeals to me on so many levels – she’s smart and sassy, heroic, and determined, but she’s also got some sharp edges that people too smart for their own good often have and I think that makes her really relateable and well…human. And none of that even mentions the fact that she’s a detective and detectives are always my favorite characters with all their sharp senses and tragic origins. This is also the first time my mother has been genuinely excited about one of my projects – so that’s extra fun.”
Series editor Nate Crosby teased, “Kelly’s bringing an incredible sense of character, stakes, and intrigue on top of a humongous vibe of fun,” adding, “The attention of detail that Jenn has paid to designing Nancy and her supporting cast and their world is one of the most impressive sequential art feats I’ve ever seen…you’re not just gonna love reading the story; you’re gonna wanna hang out with Nancy and her buds. It’s an utterly gorgeous bouncy blast of a book, with Triona Farrell bringing deft touch and texture on the color art, and thoughtfully unique letter stylings from Ariana Maher. Nancy is in the best creative hands possible.”
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Head over to The Mary Sue for a first-look at St-Onge’s interior art, in addition to first-issue variant covers by Tula Lotay (All-Star Batman), Marguerite Sauvage (Bombshells) and Annie Wu (Black Canary).
Dynamite’s Nancy Drew #1 hits stands in June.