Nancy Drew: The Palace Of Wisdom

Nancy Drew: The Palace Of Wisdom


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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!

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ISBN-13: 9781524108496
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
Publication date: 04/02/2019
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 242,568
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 13 - 16 Years

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Nancy Drew: The Palace Of Wisdom 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Thank you to Diamond Book Distributors for providing me with this graphic novel; all thoughts and views expressed in this review are my own. So, not sure if anyone else knows this but I am very picky about my Nancy Drew. I love the original books with the yellow binding, and even dislike the later books (where another writer took over) compared to the originals. I am quite critical of other media based off of Nancy Drew, but not to the point where I can't enjoy it (for example, I love the 2007 movie but not the 2019 one). I worried upon seeing the similarities at first glance between this graphic novel and the 2019 movie that I would dislike this as well. However, I was pleasantly surprised. This is definitely a modernized and gritty take on Nancy Drew, but it still does the original justice in its own way. Nancy solves small cases as well as big ones that mean a lot (let's just say the graphic novel starts with a kidnapped goat and soon moves past that into murder). Nancy was definitely a Sherlock-esque character in her deductions, but her relationships with the other characters (which surprisingly--to me--included the Hardy Boys) were very authentic and read like real teenage conversations. George was sapphic, as she should be. Bess was confident, as she should be. The writers/illustrators of this took the bones of Nancy Drew and transformed it for a modern audience without destroying the magic of the original books. This is definitely a darker take on it, what with the murder and also the actual talk about Nancy's mother's death, so be warned if that isn't something you're looking for. My main concern now is: is there sequel? Because that was a bit of a cliff hanger and I would definitely love to see one. (I know that this originally was serialized in issues and bound up into a volume, but I can't figure out if there are more issues past what was contained in this one).
JillJemmett More than 1 year ago
I’ve loved Nancy Drew since I was a kid. I’m always looking for new adaptations, including graphic novels. This was a fun new story. The setting of the story was a little difficult to get used to at first. Nancy grew up in Bayport, and she moved to River Heights with her father when she was a teen. In this story, she is called back to Bayport when she receives a threatening letter referring to her mother’s death. Her old friends Bess and George, as well as Frank and Joe Hardy, are in Bayport, and they join her on her new mystery. There was some diversity added to the original Nancy Drew cast. Nancy meets Pete, a black boy, who joins her and her friends on their mystery. George is gay, and is dating Danica, who is also black. Bess has always been one of my favourite characters and she was hilarious in this story. She finally started a romance with Joe, which I’ve been waiting to see for a long time. Bess also knew some surprising information which helped them solve the mystery! I hope this series continues. There was a huge cliffhanger at the end, so I can’t wait to see what happens next! Thank you Dynamite Entertainment for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Mary_Russell More than 1 year ago
I lave loved Nancy Drew since first reading the classic editions as a child, when a new Nancy Drew series comes out I'll read one and see how it compares. This is the only modern take on Nancy Drew that manages to perfectly capture the original characters and adds depth to the characters as well. Bess and George's characters are great; Nancy is her usual self with a bit splash of dark and twisty ala Buffy the Vampire Slayer.It even includes the Hardy Boys. Needless to say, of course, there's a great mystery too!
Kaleena More than 1 year ago
"We have so much history...those ties go deep and aren't easily cut." Friends, this was such an enjoyable read! I've been suffering from the worst reading slump for the past couple of months and just wanted to read and finish something. 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 dose of nostalgia -- and how right I was! One of the things I loved most about reading Nancy Drew was how strong, smart, and capable she a character she is. I loved the reimagining of the characters we know and love as modern day teenagers, 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 good the character development is 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 gloriously diverse 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: "Why is crying dumb anyway? What are we -- freaking robots?"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 loved the art style 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. CONTENT WARNINGS: grief, loss of a loved one, murder
Shai Martin More than 1 year ago
Another great Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys graphic novel adaptation that I've read. I would have given this a perfect five star, but I observed that the way the eyes of some of the characters drawn are similar to each other and that sometimes Pete was drawn too feminine even though he's a guy. I enjoy reading the story because it is fast-paced and that some of the other characters, such as Bess, are quite easy to like. I guess those who are an avid fan of the Nancy Drew books might not fully appreciate this modern presentation of this famous book character because they will find a bolder or more rebellious Nancy in this comic book. But for the new generation of readers, they will definitely adore Nancy and her friends because they represent how generation z or iGeneration are.
smweston More than 1 year ago
I was a huge fan of Nancy Drew as a kid, so I was excited to see this graphic novel. I loved it! The modern Nancy is amazing, full of spunk, and as badass as ever. George and Bess are exactly as I would've pictured them. The Hardy Boys making an appearance? Yes! The only disappointment was that there was no Ned in this story. Overall, I think this is an awesome book for anyone who loves Nancy Drew and wants a modern, more relatable version of her. The only thing I disliked was having so many various art styles in one book and would prefer it to be more consistent. Thanks to Netgalley and Diamond Book Distributors for my free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Horsebranchjess More than 1 year ago
Nancy Drew: The Palace of Wisdom stays true to the mystery lover that loves Nancy. But the graphic novel presents a cute, almost fully grown Nancy updated for the modern day. The language sometimes reflects the changes but the story provides the clues to follow Nancy and friends on a murder mystery that as always leaves the gang in danger. The art is charming as it tells the story in a fun and lighthearted flourish. The Hardy Boys and Nancy's friends George and Bess welcome Nancy back to her hometown when a threatening letter sends her down the road of murder and danger. The story telling is enjoyable and the art is aesthetic for a great overhaul of the original characters that I would revisit time and time again. My voluntary, unbiased review is based upon a review copy from Netgalley.
suekitty13 More than 1 year ago
I never read Nancy Drew books as a kid so I had no real expectations for this series. In my mind the original books were charming, wholesome stories and Nancy was basically a good girl who was unable to resist solving a mystery when it appeared in front of her. I think this graphic novel series succeeded pretty well at bringing a classic character into 2019. In order to modernize it is a fair bit grittier and deals with more adult subject matter. I was anticipating a bit of a “Veronica Mars” influence and that is a pretty apt comparison. It’s maybe not quite as clever but has the same dark, true crime feel and the same camaraderie of a group of friends coming together to solve a mystery. In this case the crime portion of the story felt a bit rushed and vague, but I think that is to be expected in this format which is limited in how much detail it can present to the reader. I liked the art style and the colouring which felt somehow a bit retro. The characters were pretty well always easily recognizable and the lettering was clear. This series has some great potential and I will be in line for Nancy's next mystery! Thank you to Diamond Book Distributors and Dynamite Entertainment for providing an Electronic Advance Reader Copy via NetGalley for review.