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!

  • laurel [suspected bibliophile]

    Nancy Drew is back and reimagined as a modern teenaged sleuth.

    I'll be the first to admit that I am

    a Nancy Drew fan. My mother handed me the first three books in the series with a "I loved these, you love them too" (no, not

    —this explains much about my very complicated relationship with her) and I hated them. I felt that 95% of the time was Nancy matching her pumps to her purse and explaining that George was a girl, and that the other 5% was her bumbling about into mysteries and then g

    Nancy Drew is back and reimagined as a modern teenaged sleuth.

    I'll be the first to admit that I am

    a Nancy Drew fan. My mother handed me the first three books in the series with a "I loved these, you love them too" (no, not

    —this explains much about my very complicated relationship with her) and I hated them. I felt that 95% of the time was Nancy matching her pumps to her purse and explaining that George was a girl, and that the other 5% was her bumbling about into mysteries and then getting rescued by people. It was

    .

    Anywho, this Nancy is a lot more like Veronica Mars. She's super smart, super sassy, and has a troubled past (and a missing mother...well, dead, but still) that has come back to haunt her.

    Her friends are also much more diverse in this go-round, with fantastic sapphic rep, fat rep, POC rep and much more. Plus the Hardy Boys make an appearance!! And Bess is 100% fantastic in every way.

    While the mystery itself was a little quick and kinda predictable (and what is up with Nancy's love of thigh highs??), it was a lot more high stakes than I remembered and much snarkier.

    I'm super happy I finally got around to reading this!

  • Faith (BookSelf ~ You Are What You Read)

    Time to be honest: this was the very first Nancy Drew anything I've ever read. Same for the Hardy Boys. I even had some of their books on my shelf growing up. I just didn't really care enough or thought they would be boring since they weren't about fairies or sharks (I had eclectic interests, okay).

    So forgive for being surprised, but this reimagined graphic novel was kinda amazing?? And it's making me want to read actual Nancy Drew? I shelve about a million of these things at the library every d

    Time to be honest: this was the very first Nancy Drew anything I've ever read. Same for the Hardy Boys. I even had some of their books on my shelf growing up. I just didn't really care enough or thought they would be boring since they weren't about fairies or sharks (I had eclectic interests, okay).

    So forgive for being surprised, but this reimagined graphic novel was kinda amazing?? And it's making me want to read actual Nancy Drew? I shelve about a million of these things at the library every day and maybe I should check one out for myself.

    First things first, the art in this was super good! A lot of comics have that weird state-of-being I have started calling "rushed by a deft hand" in which the artist(s) is/are clearly talented but also clearly didn't have time to be precise, so things end up looking...odd, to put it kindly. A lot of Western comics have this issue, so color me surprised when this turned out to be pretty, well, pretty!

    The character designs are all distinct from each other and really did a good job at portraying at face value who these people are. The fashion, the posture, the facial expressions all told of what any given character was thinking behind their dialogue. A lot of comics lack this and end up with poorly done sarcasm and the like because the body language doesn't come across through the medium. Even little things, like how tense the shoulders are during the scene spoke volumes about what was happening. I loved it! I absolutely loved it!

    And let it be said that Nancy's fashion sense is peak preppy grunge and I absolutely stan. I would wear literally anything she had on.

    The only qualm I have with the art, though, is that there were a few inconsistencies, and they seemed to be grouped together in the climax, which did distract me from the narrative a bit. It wasn't major, just some weird hair color changes and a few panels that seemed to be out of order or something. I'm sure that last one made sense on paper but on my phone screen and the limitations it has, I had to go back a few times because I lost track of the order of events.

    Also, and this could just be my phone being dumb or a weird glitch in the file, but the art was kinda pixelated the whole time, which was particularly odd because the text boxes were fine.

    I LOVED the story!! It was so good!!! It was well paced and well executed. There were definitely some cliches in there but they were cliches I generally like so I didn't mind them. I loved how the characters were written and how they grew or didn't grow. Nancy was my favorite, Bess being a close second, with Frank in third place. Honestly, the only character I didn't really care for was Pete but I'm not mad about it. We just didn't really click.

    The mystery was awesome. This totally knew how to do detective fiction the right way, where the reader can figure things out too instead of the plot just kind of happening all at once out of nowhere. Things felt consistent and I had a great grasp on the themes and arcs.

    One thing that's kinda important to note is that there is a dead mom trope going on, so if that's a trigger for anyone, I'd stay away. It's central to two characters arcs, one of them being Nancy Drew herself, so it's impossible to avoid.

    I loved it! I need more in this series!

  • 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.

  • Danika at The Lesbrary

    Fun! I really liked this cast of characters, and of course especially grumpy George and her girlfriend Danica! Shout out too to Bess being fat and a romantic lead. I will admit that I was never a Nancy Drew fan as a kid, so I don't have any prior connection to these characters, but I really liked this. It's definitely slightly more adult than the originals (including drugs and murder), but there's still a lightness and humour in the band of friends working together to solve a mystery. I'll defin

    Fun! I really liked this cast of characters, and of course especially grumpy George and her girlfriend Danica! Shout out too to Bess being fat and a romantic lead. I will admit that I was never a Nancy Drew fan as a kid, so I don't have any prior connection to these characters, but I really liked this. It's definitely slightly more adult than the originals (including drugs and murder), but there's still a lightness and humour in the band of friends working together to solve a mystery. I'll definitely keep reading!

  • Glen Farrelly

    Nancy Drew (and the Hardy Boys) are back in graphic novel form! It was only about a decade that Nancy was gone as she had a running series with Papercutz until about 2010 (see

    . Nancy is now with Dynamite and is much edgier than any other version Nancy Drew. My wife is a lifelong Nancy fan, so I've seen the movies, the shows, and am familiar with the books.

    This is not the first attempt to modernize Nancy, but it's the first time that her stories have much more adult th

    Nancy Drew (and the Hardy Boys) are back in graphic novel form! It was only about a decade that Nancy was gone as she had a running series with Papercutz until about 2010 (see

    . Nancy is now with Dynamite and is much edgier than any other version Nancy Drew. My wife is a lifelong Nancy fan, so I've seen the movies, the shows, and am familiar with the books.

    This is not the first attempt to modernize Nancy, but it's the first time that her stories have much more adult themes

    . Dynamite began their adultification of Nancy in 2017 with the series "Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys and the Big Lie". But Nancy is clearly the star in this work (although the Hardy Boys are in it, but just as part of her team, including Bess and George).

    The mystery is solid, the supporting characters are more diverse and fleshed out than in other versions, and the artwork is fine.

    I bought this for my daughter (age 15) and wife (age - no way am I going to say) to enjoy. My daughter really liked it and so do I. It's a shame, however, that the more adult themes mean this isn't suitable for the younger ages that would normally be Nancy fans. I can't see teenagers ever picking up this title as they don't want to read stories about their mom's character. Unless there was a new sexy show (like Riverdale or Sabrina) to overcome her image.

  • Sanna G. Ståhl (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

  • David Schaafsma

    When I was young, living in a house with sisters, there were all these "girl" books about the house that I also read, some of which had been handed down from someone in the family from the previous generation: Hardy Boys, Bobbsey Twins, Nancy Drew, mysteries for children/tweens/ya. There were romances, too. And I just devoured them all, reading for escape, not edification.

    There have been other efforts to resuscitate Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, of course, in books/tv/films, but this is a solid

    When I was young, living in a house with sisters, there were all these "girl" books about the house that I also read, some of which had been handed down from someone in the family from the previous generation: Hardy Boys, Bobbsey Twins, Nancy Drew, mysteries for children/tweens/ya. There were romances, too. And I just devoured them all, reading for escape, not edification.

    There have been other efforts to resuscitate Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, of course, in books/tv/films, but this is a solid comics series by Dynamite "modernized" to include guns and drugs and some mild profanity. The series, mostly women-created, focuses on Nancy, but the Hardy Boys are part of the mystery-solving club, too, as a wide group of teens try to figure out just who it is wants to kill the inimitable Ms. (Miss, in the original) Drew. (Such imagined violence would not have been part of an original Carolyn Keene [a pseudonym for the writers Mildred Wirt Benson and Walter Karig] series; with titles such as Nancy Drew and the 99 Steps, Nancy's Mysterious Letter).

    Part of the almost predictable update is that Nancy's "crowd" include queer friends, friends of color, references to Taylor Swift and so on, but it's meant for younger audiences so is not all that edgy. It's a bit of Scooby and Buffy, really, a group of fun-loving friends on a project. It's Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland "let's put on a play, gang!" only this gang is solving mysteries. Kelly Thompson's the writer, and she makes it fun, and the art from Jenn St.-Onge is light and breezy and colorful. Escapist fun, not for edification, I was relieved to see.

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