Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Review: Goldie Vance #1

Goldie Vance is about Goldie, a 16 year old who lives in a Florida resort with her dad, who manages the resort, and uses her smarts, skills, and knowledge of the ins and outs of the resort, to help the in-house detective, Mr. Tooey solve a mystery. 

Okay, while "help" is the right word, Goldie really just inserted herself into the case. A resort guest, Dieter Ludwig, has been robbed. What was taken is priceless to him. He needs it back. Much to Mr. Tooey displeasure, Goldie claims she knows just what needs to be done to find the necklace. Without giving too much away, one mystery is solved, but it opens up a can of worms, and Goldie has to figure out what's going on. 

This was a delightful comic to read. It's a little weird for me to use that word, but it fits. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. This is just the first book, so we are introduced to a small host of characters, Goldie, Mr. Tooey, Goldie's stressed out father, Cheryl, the Alan Shepard loving front desk clerk, and Rob, the lovelorn valet. All are important to the story as they help set up the story and motivations, which drive the story. Goldie herself is plucky. I feel like she's who Veronica Mars would have been is she was around in the late 60's-early 70's, where this takes place. Goldie is smart, funny, and is driven to solve mysteries. And short. She's short and not to be underestimated. 

Brought to us by the creative team of Hope Larson, Brittney Williams, and Sarah Stern, Goldie Vance #1 has the old timey feel of newspaper comics strips mixed with Archie. The colors are bright, but not obnoxious. They help create the feel of the decade and location. Even though most of the action takes place in the resort, you can tell it's in a warm location. 

Goldie Vance #1 is a good kid friendly comic that can be enjoyed by all ages. Nowadays, there are so many dark and gritty stories out there, and I like a lot of them, but every now and then, it's nice to sit down with a lighter story, something with substance but without "the darkness" (imagine that said in a growly voice), and just enjoy it. No blood, no guts, no weird deep dark secret about aquatic fetishes, or whatever. It's a good story. Go read it.  

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