Dynamite; $3.99

Nancy Drew the teenage sleuth is back and updated to the information age. After finishing a case in her current town, she gets a mysterious threatening letter postmarked Bayport. It contains an ominous warning that the writer knows what she did, complete with a low blow postulating what Nancy’s mom would think about it if she was alive.

Despite the obvious “It’s a trap!” sign hanging over the letter, Nancy heads back to Bayport where she’s met with friendly and semi-hostile greetings from old friends Bess Marvin and George Fayne. After filling them in, the girls contact some other friends from Nancy’s past and they start investigating the town’s North Cliffs for leads on the mystery letter.

With Kelly Thompson on writing duties, this was bound to be a good comic. It’s witty, engaging, modernized without ostracizing older readers, and opens an intriguing mystery. Having Nancy back in Bayport with old friends gives it that homecoming feel, but the awkwardness is kept to a minimum to focus on the new case.

Jenn St-Onge provided the art and Triona Farrell did the colors, giving it a very teenage feel. The renderings fit between cartoony and realistic with fun levels of sarcasm, attitude, embarrassment, and romance from the teenage emotional spectrum.

Nancy Drew fans and teen readers will likely dig this comic.

-Amanda Sheriff