Nancy Drew: The Palace of Wisdom by Kelly Thompson & Jenn-St-Onge
Series: Nancy Drew #1
Genre: Mystery | Graphic Novel
Length: 128 pages
Published on 2nd April 2019 by Dynamite Entertainment
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Received for free from Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
Synopsis: 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.
KELLY THOMPSON (Hawkeye, Star Wars, Rogue & Gambit) and JENN ST-ONGE (Giant Days, The Misfits) team up to present an all-new modern spin on a classic mystery icon!
Believe it or not this is my first introduction to Nancy Drew so I didn’t have any ideas what I was getting myself into.
All I knew is that the lovely Jenn St. Onge was illustrating this graphic novel which meant I just had to read and review it because if all else went badly I knew I’d love the art.
Luckily nothing went badly!!
This was such a delight to read.
I loved being introduced to Nancy and her friends this way. I really got a good understanding of each of the characters and their past. I wasn’t ever confused which is awesome considering I really was jumping in blind.
Obviously George ended up being my favourite; a queer punk. What can I say, I got a type.
But Nancy’s aesthetics were drop dead goregous too.
I really enjoyed the story too. We follow Nancy back to her home town after she receives a mystery letter which leads her, and her group, into a solving a mystery that the cops had looked over a few years earlier that was still causing women to be found dead.
It was great how every character was utilised to their full potential so they could all work together as a team to solve the case. At the start Nancy does want to tackle it alone as she’s forgotten what it was like to have such a supporting team but it was super refreshing to see them sink back into a routine that worked for them all without much negativity.
I really liked that whilst Bess was initially portayed as someone who couldn’t keep up with the team she got Her Time To Shine! Without her knowledge they wouldn’t have made much progress. Aslo she’s hella cute and the crush one of the lads has on her is downright adorable. Very nice page time between the two of them.
We’re also introduced to a new character and even though it would have been very easy to keep him as a bad guy he gets some great backstory and developement which I hope means he’ll be around for a while.
I don’t want to fully explain the case, its twists and turns it has, or solve it for you so I guess I’m just going to have to leave you with one of these title pages because its so perfect.
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17 thoughts on “Graphic Novel Review: Nancy Drew: The Palace of Wisdom by Kelly Thompson & Jenn St. Onge”
I really like the art in this and the advocating for the library! Great review!
I’ve never really got into Nancy Drew 🤔 maybe because I don’t like the film. Love these graphics!!
i didnt even knoiw about a movie ahha. i just was like OOOH I KNOW THIS ART, GIMME
I loved Nancy Drew as a kid and I have to say the art in this just looks glorious! I’ve been afraid to read it after the disappointment of the movie, but, after your review and Kal’s I feel like I really should just shut up and read it lol
This looks awesome. I am aware of Nancy Drew but this would be my intro too. The art looks gorgeous. This is great as I really want to start reading more graphic novels. Thanks for the great review.
I saw this was like ehhh maybe some characters shouldn’t be brought back to life. But your review makes it look intriguing so now I have to read it lol
Awww yes, I love your review! I grew up on Nancy Drew but thought it properly nostalgic without alienating a newer audience, and I am glad you didn’t feel lost with backstories or anything.
This looks excellent! I may just have to pick it up! Great review!
I love the style!
The art style looks really cute and fun!
This looks like a fun graphic novel! I swear one of these days I’m actually going to pick one up to read!
I’ve never read any Nancy Drew either (as far as I can remember!) but this looks awesome :)
I definitely need to start reading more graphic novels – I LOVE the art style in this!
I LOVED Nancy Drew as a kid!!!! This looks like such a good graphic novel! The illustrations are adorable.
This sounds like a fun read! 😊