March 7, 2018
Nancy Drew will be coming to comic books this summer
by Stephanie DeLuca
Legends never die. Especially fictionalized characters who live on in our stories.
Nancy Drew, the teenage detective who first entered American fiction in 1930, will return to the page in comic book form. Publisher Dynamite Entertainment will be releasing the book, according to a report from Graeme McMillan at the Hollywood Reporter. The new series has writer Kelly Thompson attached, known for Marvel’s Hawkeye and IDW’s Jem and the Holograms, and artist Jenn St-Onge, who has worked on Tee Franklin’s Bingo Love. The entire project is being led by an all-female creative team, with the exception of editor Nate Crosby. Triona Farrell is working on colors, with the first issue’s three different covers created by St-Onge, Annie Wu, Marguerite Sauvage, and Tula Lotay.
In the new comic series, set for a June release, Nancy hasn’t aged a day over seventeen and returns to her hometown to crack a case involving people from her past — her childhood friends and enemies. In true mystery-noir fashion, the story involves someone who is trying to end Nancy’s career as an amateur sleuth… as well as her life.
Originally written as the girl version of the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew long presented girls with the rare opportunity to see themselves in roles and stories traditionally reserved for boys. She used her intellect to make the world a better and safer place for everyone — a role model that millions of women have admired for over eighty-five years. It’s not a surprise that women who have gone on to become successful leaders claim Nancy as inspiration: Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Hillary Clinton, Oprah, and many more.
Speaking to the near-universal love of Nancy, Thompson explains her excitement in bringing the character to the page: “One of my absolute favorite things about Nancy is the look on people’s faces when you say her name. Everyone from my mother… to friends of all different ages have this incredible connection to Nancy — and everyone sees her a bit differently. She is a powerful character that can connect to so many different people in so many different ways.”
It looks like a resurgance of Nancy Drew is underway that will introduce the “girl detective” to a new generation of fans (not that Nancy ever really left): in addition to the comic books, NBC TV has taken on the project of developing a drama surrounding the character. (Here’s hoping they don’t mess it up like CBS.)
If anyone needs an idea for Nancy Drew in 2018, may I suggest: Nancy Drew and the Mystery of the Russian Interference.
Stephanie DeLuca is the director of publicity at Melville House.