Stefan Petrucha has written X-Files comics and for Disney Comics. He is the author of such YA series as Timetripper, Split, The Rule of Won, and Blood Prophecy, which was published in 2010 to rave reviews. Stefan authored the hit Papercutz graphic novel "Tales From the Crypt #8: Diary of a Stinky Dead Kid" and appeared on the most reason season of A&E's Paranormal State.Stan Goldberg started his comics career in 1949 at age 16 as a staff colorist for Timely Comics, now known as Marvel Comics. Stan designed the colors of some of the most popular characters of the 1960's, including Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, The X-Men, and The Hulk. He has had an extremely prolific career that stretches across 5 decades. In the 1990's he gained notoriety for drawing the Riverdale characters for the wildly popular Archie Meets the Punisher crossover between Archie and Marvel. He works as an artist for Archie Comics to this day.
Gr 3-5-Nancy is only eight years old here, and her skills are not exactly honed yet; this might make her more relatable to a younger audience. She appears to be a clumsy, silly girl who gets herself into many predicaments, though she is touted as being smart and clever by her friends and family. This case involves missing science projects. Nancy, Bess, and George have a suspect, but will they solve the case? Goldberg has colored for Marvel and has worked on "Archie" comics, and this art definitely has an "Archie" look to it. The drawings are clear and the colors are vibrant. Unfortunately, the word bubbles are sometimes directed toward the wrong character. A few lines are groan-worthy, and even though some readers will see past that, the ending is so implausible that they will be highly annoyed by the cute wrap-up. Though this graphic novel might be picked up by Nancy Drew's many fans, it is not a strong choice.-Mariela Siegert, Westfield Middle School, Bloomingdale, IL (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.