- Posted by Johanna on January 20, 2006 at 4:06 pm
- Category: Graphic Novel Reviews
- PUBLISHER: Papercutz; $7.95 US
Those classic teen detectives, the Hardy Boys, have ventured into graphic novels. Frank and Joe Hardy, sons of a famous private detective, still have traditionally styled mystery adventures, but they’re firmly set in the modern era.
The boys ride motorcycles, rescue kidnapped horses, and banter, but they also surf the internet, play video games, and get involved in federal smuggling cases. That last comes about due to a school friend whose online auction has attracted government attention. A foreign museum piece is missing, leading to a trip to the Middle East and Paris.
The boys are old-fashioned scout types, studious, observant, athletic, well-behaved, and considerate of everyone, but they aren’t boring. Instead, they’re inspirational, because they have such fun and show such joy in their adventures, while still fighting for justice and helping the underdog. Their girlfriends are also go-getters: one is attending an international student rally while the other is trying out for an American Idol-like competition. In another modern touch, both are essential to the successful resolution of the case.
The open, manga-influenced artwork provides a friendly feel that captures the action well. The book is very colorful, attracting the reader’s attention and keeping things light and entertaining, even when the characters are in danger. Lea Hernandez draws everything required of her — characters, exotic settings, chase scenes, costume parties — with flair.
This is an excellent adventure for the whole family with plenty of imagination and daring.