Dynamite Launches Nancy Drew & The Hardy Boys Graphic Novel

There has been a stealth-launch of a new Nancy Drew movie this past week, but Dynamite Entertainment want nothing stealth about their new Nancy Drew & The Hardy Boys original graphic novel. Which is why they are announcing it ahead of this week's C2E2 rather than slap bang in the middle of it.

Nancy Drew & the Hardy Boys: The Case of the Missing Adults by Scott Bryan Wilson, Bob Solanovic, Valentina Briški and Tom Napolitano will be out in June. Here's a first look….

One day all the adults in the town of Bayport seem to just vanish. Poof! Sounds like the perfect scenario for the teenagers in town, right? Lazing on the couch watching TV all day and shoving junk food in your mouth is awesome, until it is not. This sounds like a case for the world's greatest (high school) detectives – the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew!

This $12.99, 104-page hardcover graphic novel will lead its readers, young and old, through a nonstop mystery solving adventure of pure fun and friendship. The team knows it will take all their wits and cooperation to get their parents and teachers back. Plenty of mishaps will follow, with sibling rivalry, a mysterious skeleton, a koala-in-a-diaper costume, and an unrequited crush…

On his interpetation of the central trio, Scott Bryan Wilson said, "In our book, the Hardys, despite clearly being best friends and as close as two brothers can be, are constantly arguing and trying to one-up and embarrass each other. (These scenes are some of the funniest in the book, thanks to Bob's incredibly expressive, wonderful, kinetic art, brilliant colors by Valentina, and slick lettering by Tom.) Our version of Nancy still has her as strong, independent, and the smartest person in the room, but she has a really sarcastic side, and there are some funny moments involving her, because we didn't want her to be so perfect as to be unbelievable or unlikable."

"The best thing about this particular gig is the fact that I was hired precisely because of the way I draw. But I wasn't entirely sure about my approach until I got the script. That's when everything clicked because doing crazy scenes with people running around, fighting or just drawing visual gags – that's what I'm really good at," said artist Solanovic. "Scott is too, so he threw in as much great stuff as he could, it's completely crazy most of the time. Very dynamic. Very funny."

"I'm really thrilled with how this book has come together," said editor Matt Idelson. "Scott and Bob have not only done wonderful work but worked wonderfully together, and that's usually when you get the best comics. We're excited to reach out to new audiences. I think younger readers are going to adore this book."

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