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Nancy Drew, The New Case Files: Vampire Slayer, Part One

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Nancy Drew, The New Case Files: Vampire Slayer, Part One

written by Stefan Petrucha and Sarah Kinney, illustrated by Sho Murase

After being created in 1930, Nancy Drew has become famous the world over for her mystery-solving skills. But not everyone is aware that there is now a graphic novel series starring the celebrated character. It was started in 2005 and has already sold more than 400,000 books, showing Nancy’s popularity is quite versatile indeed.

In VAMPIRE SLAYER, Part One, Nancy is going to a scary movie with her friends George and Bess when they run into a “vampire” named Gregor. He looks like a vampire --- tall, dark, handsome, fanged --- but Nancy isn’t the superstitious type. Besides, a lot of people show up to the movie in costume since it gets them money off. She’s at the theater dressed as a vampire slayer herself.

So she begins to hang out with Gregor, enjoying his company and feeling sorry for him because he doesn’t have much of a social life. Though they’re only friends, Nancy’s boyfriend Ned starts getting suspicious and uneasy.

And that’s not the worst of it. Nancy’s friends are now really, truly suspecting that Gregor is a vampire. How will they warn her before it’s too late? They try to sneak into his house to learn more about him, only to discover his place is booby-trapped. So much for being stealthy.

But then again…he might not be a vampire at all. Gregor tells Nancy he has a disease called Erythropoietic Porphyria, which requires him to take blood transfusions and stay out of the light. So either Nancy is dealing with a very dangerous undead predator, or her new friend Gregor is facing prejudice from people who don’t understand his illness. Either way, Nancy has a mystery to solve! Since this is only part one of the Vampire Slayer storyline, this book ends with a cliffhanger of sorts.

This is a thin volume that consists entirely of colored pages. It has a slick, modern feel to it, quite different from the original Nancy Drew. She’s one of those characters who changes with the times. The art is stylish and attractive, quite sleek. This is a series that ought to attract kids, as well as people who are already fans of Nancy Drew and are curious about seeing her in a new medium. It also might get new readers interested in reading the original Nancy Drew books. This young detective has shown herself to be popular again and again, so why not try her out as a comic?

Reviewed by Danica Davidson on September 14, 2010

Nancy Drew, The New Case Files: Vampire Slayer, Part One
written by Stefan Petrucha and Sarah Kinney, illustrated by Sho Murase

  • Publication Date: September 14, 2010
  • Genres: Graphic Novel
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Papercutz
  • ISBN-10: 1597072133
  • ISBN-13: 9781597072137