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Monday, April 1, 2019

Manga Monday-Nancy Drew: The Palace of Wisdom by Kelly Thompson: Feature and Review


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 Drew: The Palace of WisdomNancy Drew: The Palace of Wisdom by Kelly Thompson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Nancy Drew: The Palace of Wisdom by Kelly Thompson and Jenn St. Onge (Illustrator) is a 2019 Dynamite entertainment publication.

This is not your grandmother’s Nancy Drew!

This graphic novel gives our favorite teenage detective a long overdue makeover of sorts. I’m not sure if one would categorize it as an updated version of the classic or if it might qualify as a reboot.

Either way, these teenagers might stun fans of the traditional version. Young Adult readers, however, will probably love it.

The colorful illustrations are amazing, capturing the character’s personalities and the scenery, beautifully. The mystery is geared towards a younger audience, as it should be, but is solid enough, though not on the same scale of the Nancy Drew novels.

I think it is great fun to have a Nancy Drew graphic novel, and I'm glad someone has thought to give Nancy and her friends a much -needed makeover. However, some changes were too drastic for a YA series, which has always been geared toward middle grade and younger teens, not the older YA crowd- in my opinion. A nice balance between the old and the new might be the better approach.

Other than that, I like the concept and enjoyed seeing the Hardy Boys featured in this story, too. I hope there are more installments in the works.





KELLY THOMPSON has a degree in Sequential Art from The Savannah College of Art & Design. Her love of comics and superheroes have compelled her since she first discovered them as a teenager. Currently living in Portland, Oregon with her boyfriend and the two brilliant cats that run their lives, you can find Kelly all over the Internet where she is generally well liked, except where she's detested.

Kelly has published two novels - THE GIRL WHO WOULD BE KING (2012) and STORYKILLER (2014) and the graphic novel HEART IN A BOX from Dark Horse Comics (2015). She's currently writing ROGUE & GAMBIT, HAWKEYE, and PHASMA for Marvel Comics and GHOSTBUSTERS for IDW. Other major credits include: A-Force, Captain Marvel & The Carol Corps, Jem and The Holograms, Misfits, Power Rangers Pink, and the creator-owned mini-series Mega Princess.

Kelly's ambitions are eclipsed only by her desire to exist entirely in pajamas. Fortunately pajamas and writers go hand in hand (most of the time). Please buy all her stuff so that she can buy (and wear) more pajamas.

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