Nancy Drew, girl detective, is now starring in a graphic novel series written by Petrucha and drawn by Sho Murase. The Demon of River Heights is the first in the series.
Nancy; her boyfriend, Ned; and girlfriends Bess and George are helping two budding filmmakers with their movie about the demon of River Heights, a local urban legend. The filming stops when the young men disappear, and Nancy suspects foul play. At about the same time Canton Angley II, a business tycoon, and his son show up in town, and Nancy is curious about what they're up to. The story follows the teenagers as they search for the missing students and investigate the Angleys.
This was a fast read (about 100 pages), and most of the drawings are well executed, although the twenty-first-century Nancy Drew clashed a bit with the 1950s image I had of her. This is the first graphic novel I've read, so I'm not sure if this is common, but I thought it was odd that some of the drawings were rather monotone, whereas most were in full color. Furthermore, in some sequences, the colors were inconsistent; for example, Nancy's skirt would be teal in one panel and brownish in another.
The mystery was light and not that difficult to figure out, but this is Nancy Drew and the reading level is age eight and up. I probably won't read more in this series. On the other hand, because I'm a long-time fan, it was fun to see a modern Nancy and to read a new mystery.
I read this book as part of a number of challenges, which are listed below. Be sure to click on the links above the progress bars (at the left) to read the rules of the challenges and to see what the other participants are reading.
Published by Papercutz, 2005
Challenges: Graphic Novels, 999, A-Z (authors), Winter Reading, 100+, Read & Review