Review: Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: The Mystery of the Missing Adults

Title: Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: The Mystery of the Missing Adults
Author: Scott Bryan Wilson, Bob Solanovics
Genre: Middle Grade, Graphic Novel
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: Ebook
Release Date: November 5, 2019
Rating: ★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

Eating candy nonstop and watching TV all day sounds great . . . until you actually do it, as the kids of Bayport High find out when all the adults vanish, and the world’s greatest (high school) detectives–the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew!–have to team up to solve the mystery! Whether it’s going under cover, sneaking out at night, chasing weird buses, or following a strange smell, they know it’ll take all their wits and smarts to get their parents and teachers back . . . that is, if Joe and Frank don’t kill each other first. Oh, and there’s also the matter of the skeleton that can walk. And a major feud with a rival high school. And a koala-in-a-diaper costume. And lawlessness in the hallways. And an unrequited crush . . .


I love that there are so many new adaptations of Nancy Drew happening right now. I have enjoyed many of them, but this one didn’t really work for me.

The characters were quite exaggerated in this story. Joe was lazy and excitable. He got furious anytime anyone called him something other than Joe. His outbursts became quite repetitive after a while. Nancy was very secretive about her past life. It was strange and the reason was not explained in the story. Perhaps the reason will come out in future books, if this becomes a series.

I also thought the illustrations didn’t match the characters. Nancy looked like the main character from the cartoon Daria, but Nancy is nothing like that character. She didn’t look like any version of Nancy Drew I’ve ever seen before. The Hardy Boys looked like opposites, with Frank in a button down shirt and Joe sporting a mohawk hairstyle. We didn’t even get to see some of my favourite characters, George and Bess. George was illustrated once and Bess was mentioned in dialogue but they didn’t do anything in the story. I wasn’t familiar with the supporting characters that were in the story.

This graphic novel didn’t really work for me. The characters were too extreme and not true to the originals.

Thank you Dynamite Entertainment for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What to read next:

The Demon of River Heights (Nancy Drew: Girl Detective Graphic Novels #1) by Stefan Petrucha, Sho Murase

The Ocean of Osyria (The Hardy Boys Graphic Novel #1) by Scott Lobdell, Lea Hernandez

Have you read Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: The Mystery of the Missing Adults? What did you think of it?

Author: jilljemmett

Jill lives in Toronto, Canada. She has studied English, Creative Writing, and Publishing. Jill is the creator and content producer of Jill’s Book Blog, where she has published a blog post every day for the last four years, including 5-7 book reviews a week. She can usually be found with her nose in a book.

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