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Friday, November 05, 2004

Hardy Boys preview

Papercutz, NBM's tween publishing division, have the entire first issue of the new HARDY BOYS comic book series on their website for preview until the end of today. After a quick read, I have my doubts that this will appeal to the market they're going after. The dialogue is clunky (first indication of bad dialogue is when a character's name is constantly stated over and over again in every conversation - people don't talk like this), the plot jumps around with little coherence and the artwork looks rushed and inconsistent. There is definitely an attempt to bring a manga sensibility to the detective brothers with the inclusion of speed lines and quirky romance subplots but it really feels tacked on. From what I've seen, when a properties is revived and slightly tweaked for a new audience, subtle changes are made but the core of what the property is about remains. I'm not sure if what makes the Hardy Boys, the Hardy Boys is being represented here.

I'd still be interested to read these in full graphic novel form to see if the problems iron themselves out...

2 Comments:

  • Thanks for taking a look and commenting, Scott.
    Lobdell and I both improve with each issue as we get to know the characters.
    As for the "tacked on" manga sensibility: that's the way I draw, not an affectation.
    See www.rumblegirls.com

    Lea Hernandez

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:48 PM  

  • Hit "publish" too soon:
    As for HB reaching its target audience, I point you to:
    http://disc.server.com/Indices/176502.html
    The adult HB fans like it, actual kids in the target age range like it, too.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:53 PM  

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