Stay on target “A Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mystery unlike any other you’ve ever read! When the teenage brothers Frank and Joe Hardy are accused of the murder of their father – a detective in the small resort town of Bayport – they must team up with Nancy Drew to prove their innocence (and find the real guilty party in the process) in a twisting noir tale, complete with double-crosses, deceit, and dames. “NANCY DREW AND THE HARDY BOYS: THE BIG LIE TP (W): Anthony Del Col (A): Werther Dell’Edera (C): Stefano Simeone (L): Simon Bowland (CA): Fay DaltonThere’s so much to say about this comic, and I don’t even know where to start. I’m an absolute sucker for a good crime story, especially if it’s laced with noir film elements. They have to drip in mystery and curiosity to keep me hanging on to get to the whodunit of it all. Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys: The Big Lie does this bigger and better than you’d expect.via DynamiteAnthony Del Col takes the original classic mystery solvers, The Hardy Boys, and Nancy Drew and brings them into a new era, perfectly presenting them to this modern-era. However, he keeps their well-known personalities attached, with a bit of an upgrade. Del Col writes this mystery with a twist at every turn, a suspect hid in the dark and the only ones to trust are your three main characters. But what if they’re lying as well? Del Col gives a fantastic narrative wrapped in an unsolved enigma. His writing is intriguing and well-thought out. He brings all of these characters into one place making it dark and gritty with edgy silhouettes.Del Col also writes some powerful dynamics between the characters. He creates characters with tragedy and misery between with family and the three friends. With doing this, he truly makes this new vision of the classics his own. The sibling rivalry between the Hardy Boys is all too real, but Nancy acts as their saving grace. There’s no love story. But it’s tension between the three childhood friends that makes for this story to be even more fantastic than it already is. There’s a comparison of this to Riverdale, but I would almost disagree. I’d watch this as a True Detective type HBO story anytime if Anthony Del Col is at the helm for writing.via DynamiteWerther Dell’edera’s art makes this comic into the underbelly type beautiful mystique that it is. It’s awe-inspiring and breath-taking. Dell’edera’s art is 100% made for noir type comics. He creates an atmosphere with his pencils that are shrouded in mystery. They are leading you deeper into the narrative and trying to pick up clues to solve the mystery. One thing that Dell’edera does within the comic is create suspicion, doubt, and vulnerability with eyes alone. Each panel where it focuses on eyes leaves me spellbound because of how much emotion comes through, especially if they were Nancy Drew’s beautiful blues.Stefano Simeone comes with colors that almost resemble watercolors. The way he works with Dell’edera’s art and picks up that sense of secrecy and emotion within the comic sets the mood. Simeone’s colors shine the most as everything is sheltered in darkness. He knows where his light sources are and what he needs to make brighter or not. The coloring sets this comic in a direction that I’d love to see on film or television.via DynamiteThis team wouldn’t round out its brilliance without Simon Bowland. Bowland’s lettering gives you a distinct voice of who is telling the story and makes it clear. There’s never any frustrations about whose voice we’re listening to. Bowland makes the distinction for you. You never lose the uncertainty in the character or the secrecy that surrounds them. With Del Col’s script, he lays out the right kind of placement to make you genuinely feel for each of the characters. I think this may be my favorite comic of the year that does voice-overs so skillfully.Nancy Drew And The Hardy Boys: The Big Lie not only provides you with great characters and intense writing from start to finish, but with stunning visuals that will leave you pouring through its panels. It’ll feed the murder mystery and crime lovers with something new. It’ll also bring back those hardcore fans of the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys and present them with something new. Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: The Big Lie is now available on Comixology and your local comic shop. Variant Covers to Grab This Week (9/5/18)Variant Covers to Grab This Week (8/1/18) Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.