Monday, February 17, 2014
NANCY DREW AND THE CLUE CREW is a graphic novel series from publisher Papercutz turns back the clock and modernizes Nancy Drew and her friends by setting them in a modern setting as elementary school students. The illustrations are drawn in a style similar to comics such as “Archie.” In this story, NANCY DREW AND THE CLUE CREW #3: ENTER THE DRAGON MYSTERY, Nancy, Beth, and George are supposed to be able to take one of the class pets home for the weekend. When they get to class, there’s a new animal there, a bearded dragon. However, there’s nothing to indicate where the bearded dragon came from, how to take care of him, or why he’s there. Mrs. Ramirez agrees to let the girls take the animal home with them for the weekend and they promise to figure out exactly where the creature came from. I read many of the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew stories as a kid. I understand why some elements of the stories might be needed to be updated, but I didn’t think it was necessary to set revamp the whole tone of the series. With that said, of the first three graphic novels published in this line of NANCY DREW AND THE CLUE CREW, ENTER THE DRAGON MYSTERY is the best story so far. Perhaps the stories in the series will improve as the series moves on.