Sunday, November 28, 2010

Nancy Drew Vampire Slayer - Part 1

Papercutz has put out it's latest Nancy Drew Graphic Novels in a new format--larger size--and beginning over again at #1 in a series called "The New Case Files." According to the Papercutz press release, these new novels will deal "with darker, more dangerous and complex mysteries than ever before."

The first in this series is Vampire Slayer written by Stefan Petrucha and Sarah Kinney and illustrated by Sho Murase.

The cover is spooky and depicts Nancy with a bow and an upside down presumed vampire.

The story begins with Nancy, Bess, and George dressed up in costume headed to see a vampire movie--costumes get you in for half price. They take a shortcut through a cemetery and spy a boy dressed as a vampire running--from Togo who is told to get back home. Nancy spots a strange girl at the theater but she takes off. After the movie, the vampire approaches Nancy and tries to ask her out to talk about her detective work and Ned gets jealous.

Nancy proceeds to hang out a lot with Gregor to see if he'll reveal what's troubling him, and Ned begins to get jealous. Bess and George suspect that Gregor is a real vampire. Nancy's nemesis Deirdre Shannon tries to come between Ned and Nancy. Bess and George talk Ned into breaking into Gregor's place to look for clues. Then mayhem ensues and someone who is stalking Gregor shows up in the dramatic ending of part one.

I found this novel entertaining and the art was well done for this style of novel. These follow along with the style and formula of the Nancy Drew Girl Detective series rather than classic Nancy Drew so they're very modern in style and attempt to be hip with today's kids. If you're a fan of the Girl Detective books you'll certainly be a fan of these--in fact these are in some ways better than the Girl Detective series. I'd love to see a graphic novel based on the classic Nancy Drew series which is much more Gothic and suspenseful.


1 comment:

Homeschool Cowgirl said...

That New Nancy Drew Book is alsome!!!