Nancy Drew: The Palace of Wisdom

Nancy Drew: The Palace of Wisdom

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 ki...

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Title:Nancy Drew: The Palace of Wisdom
Author:Kelly Thompson
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Nancy Drew: The Palace of Wisdom Reviews

  • Kal ★ Reader Voracious

    Friends, this was

    ! I've been suffering from the worst reading slump for the past couple of months and just wanted

    . I grew up reading Nancy Drew and Hardy Boy books, and I figured that there is probably no better cure for a slump that a

    -- and how right I was!

    One of the things I loved most about reading

    was how strong, smart, and capable she a

    Friends, this was

    ! I've been suffering from the worst reading slump for the past couple of months and just wanted

    . I grew up reading Nancy Drew and Hardy Boy books, and I figured that there is probably no better cure for a slump that a

    -- and how right I was!

    One of the things I loved most about reading

    was how strong, smart, and capable she a character she is. I loved the

    , and unlike some other reboots that I've read this is written in a way that doesn't alienate a younger reader unfamiliar with the source material but also doesn't alienate people my age that are in it for the nostalgia factor.

    I don't read a lot of graphic novels, but I was impressed with how

    in these first 5 issues! Thompson managed to give the reader a real sense of who the characters are and their complicated backstory effortlessly. With Nancy returning after seven years of drifting apart from her friends, the graphic novel briefly touches on that hurt but also shows how with some friends you can just fall back into patterns as if no time passed at all. I liked that the Hardy boys are also in these comics and how

    this is.

    There was a conversation between George and Nancy that I especially loved that dealt with our propensity to apologize for being emotional or crying. George's response was so perfect:

    I really appreciate the normalization of crying in fiction, and the way that both Nancy and Pete are processing their grief in different ways but also are kind of brought together through their loss as well.

    Overall this was a really fun read and I will be watching for the next issue because OH GOODNESS THAT ENDING! I

    and the writing is easy to follow, witty, and full of life as the voices of the characters shine through the pages. I definitely recommend this to fans of strong female characters that aren't all pointy (can be soft, too), mystery lovers, and those that read Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys as a kid.

    grief, loss of a loved one, murder

  • Jes Reads

    Wow. I actually really loved this. I haven't read anything involving Nancy Drew growing up, so I was pleasantly surprised by this comic. I think the art was stunning and the characters enjoyable. I thought the mystery was fun as well!

  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    I've never been the biggest

    fan, but I remembered the characters well enough that my favorite thing about this graphic novel was seeing them re-imagined as modern, fun teens. (HIGH key loving the fact that

    ?!) The plot was okay—a little underwhelming, maybe, and certainly predictable—but the characters were fun and the art was lovely, so I feel pretty comfortable giving this 4 stars. I assume this creator is going to ma

    I've never been the biggest

    fan, but I remembered the characters well enough that my favorite thing about this graphic novel was seeing them re-imagined as modern, fun teens. (HIGH key loving the fact that

    ?!) The plot was okay—a little underwhelming, maybe, and certainly predictable—but the characters were fun and the art was lovely, so I feel pretty comfortable giving this 4 stars. I assume this creator is going to make more in this 'series', and if that's the case, I think I'll check them out, too.

  • Devann

    So pretty much the only experience I've had with either Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys [who are in every issue of this as well, despite not being mentioned in the title] was another reboot comic I read a little over a year ago called The Big Lie [from the same company I think, although I'm not sure if they're supposed to be connected or not]. That being said, I really enjoyed this but I'm not sure how die-hard fans of the originals will feel about

    So pretty much the only experience I've had with either Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys [who are in every issue of this as well, despite not being mentioned in the title] was another reboot comic I read a little over a year ago called The Big Lie [from the same company I think, although I'm not sure if they're supposed to be connected or not]. That being said, I really enjoyed this but I'm not sure how die-hard fans of the originals will feel about it, but if you're open to new interpretations of classic stories then I think it will be a really fun read. The art is super cute and I loved all the characters and character designs. The mystery was exciting and held my attention and I'm definitely interested to see what is going to happen in the next volume.

  • HFK

    I tend to be a "fan" of Kelly Thompson's work, so I was pretty eager to get to read her modern graphic version of

    .

    In

    Nancy comes back to her childhood town and reunites with her friends Bess and George, and with the Hardy Boys. As a youngster I did read a lot of translated Nancy Drew mysteries, but I was not familiar with the Hardy Boys - still am not.

    Thompson's version of Nancy Drew is modern, a little bit critical, and not so much appealing than her

    com

    I tend to be a "fan" of Kelly Thompson's work, so I was pretty eager to get to read her modern graphic version of

    .

    In

    Nancy comes back to her childhood town and reunites with her friends Bess and George, and with the Hardy Boys. As a youngster I did read a lot of translated Nancy Drew mysteries, but I was not familiar with the Hardy Boys - still am not.

    Thompson's version of Nancy Drew is modern, a little bit critical, and not so much appealing than her

    comic is (or was).

    Mystery is more serious and dangerous. It is not all fluff and fun, but quite angsty in many places and I think Thompson's stepping stone was her need to force diversity into the story that makes it feel less realistic. To me this is the case of treating diversity as a totem device - a thing a lot of virtual signaling people tend to do.

    Of course George is the lesbian with a black girlfriend because who else of the group could it be considering Bess needs to be the plus size girl who makes Joe go frantically and heterosexually mad over her. And because Nancy can't be touched too much other than to point out her white privilege when comes to losing a parent, it has to be done by giving her a love interest that is not black or Mexican but black-Mexican who lost a parent, too.

    And the crowd gives an standing ovation.

    Frank was a lone wolf without much interest on people, which makes me think there is some diversity role for him too, considering other side kicks (outside the brand) for Nancy presented this as well.

    And the crowd gives an standing ovation.

    was fun and light, but did not make same first impression than Thompson's

    . Due to the cliffhanger, I might check out the second volume to see if there is capturing elements to come, and find what diversity role is given to Frank - if any.

  • Sanna (sannareads)

    is quick, thrilling and fun to read. We get to follow teenage detective Nancy Drew as she and her friends solves mysteries in her old hometown.

    I have never read any Nancy Drew books and at first I didn't understand that this was one either. I'm from Sweden and here

    is called

    so I guess it was quite understandable that I didn't get it at first. But once I figured it out the story itself became more captivating and interesting.

    My mother was

    is quick, thrilling and fun to read. We get to follow teenage detective Nancy Drew as she and her friends solves mysteries in her old hometown.

    I have never read any Nancy Drew books and at first I didn't understand that this was one either. I'm from Sweden and here

    is called

    so I guess it was quite understandable that I didn't get it at first. But once I figured it out the story itself became more captivating and interesting.

    My mother was a huge Nancy Drew fan in her teenage years, so reading something that she loved so dearly — and probably still enjoys — I found the graphic novel even more fun to read.

    The story itself has plots that is quite hard to figure out and the ending was nothing like I'd imagined it would be. Therefor the book felt like a classic (in a good way) mystery novel.

    I really enjoyed the illustrations. They were beautifully made, colorful and full of life. I feel like this Nancy Drew was a lot more "cool" when it comes to looks than the "old" Nancy, but to me it seemed really fitting considering all the bad ass things she does.

    Thank you NetGalley and Dynamite Entertainment for the e-ARC of

    , I really look forward to the next novel in the series!

    Also a big thanks to Kelly Thompson for the fun, mystery read. ❤️

  • Julie

    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.

    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.

    3.5

  • Anna

    Artwork was A+++ and I enjoyed the story enough that I'll continue on with the series. I liked that it was Nancy Drew AND the Hardy Boys, with the focus on Nancy. Honestly though, even for it being the beginning of the series it was generic. Overall, I'm not sure if this is better for people with no knowledge of Nancy Drew or people who are already familiar with the characters. I'd say if you're interested, give it a try.

  • Etienne

    I’m not a Nancy Drew fan. I never read one of those classic books and maybe someone who knows the characters would have a better opinion of it all. But for me, this wasn’t really good. The story isn’t so bad but the characters really get on my nerves. I never was able to like any of them, don’t really know why, but this was very irritating while reading. Maybe it’s my fault...

  • Mandy

    The art was really really good, but I really didn't feel Nancy Drew that much. I loved the added diversity that we don't see in the original, but Nancy herself didn't feel like Nancy. She really only focused on herself, and continuously did things that would have made me ditch her as a friend. I was really bored through a lot of it, and it was just super eh. But that art was so good, though.

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