Frank and Joe Hardy had everything going for them, good part-time jobs, nice girlfriends and the respect of everyone in the town of Bayport. Everything starts to fall apart though when their father and police detective Fenton is accused of corruption. The whole town turns against them and their father commits suicide, or so it seems. After an investigation the police suspect that Frank and Joe murdered their father. The police not have all the proof they need but in the court of public opinion, the boys are already guilty. Luckily for them Nancy Drew doesn’t believe that and has a plan to prove their innocence.
What drew me to this graphic novel was the cover which was drawn by Faye Dalton. I’ve been wanting to know more about the Noir and Hard boiled mystery genre and this book seemed to be a good fit. I wasn’t disappointed either, I haven’t read any Hardy Boys books since I was a kid but that didn’t matter, you don’t need to know the characters well to enjoy this book. From the opening pages you know that these aren’t the characters that you grew up with. Bayport is a dark place filled with crime, drugs and more than one dark secret. I loved how this book goes back and looks at the Hardy’s family and we see that there were a few criminals in the bloodline and the Hardy Boy’s father may have been as corrupt as the public thinks.
I also liked hearing about Nancy’s background and how she finds out that her dad has his own dark secrets. I loved how Nancy was shown in this book, when she finds out details on the death of her mother she decides to do what teenagers are supposed to do which is party. She quickly finds out that partying isn’t for her and goes on to do what she does best, which is solve mysteries. We get to see Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys solving mysteries as kids, then as moody manipulating teenagers and I enjoyed how the book shows the kids changing through the years.
No one is what they appear and everyone has a secret or two and The Hardy Boys have their own ideas of what’s right and wrong and fight quite a bit. There are a lot of great twists and turns to this book and I never saw the ending coming. Also the art is amazing and adds a lot to the story making the dark mood to the plot even darker. This book was a fun read with the art and story firing together on all cylinders. If you love graphic novels, this one is a must read.