Nancy Drew: The Case of The Cold Case (renamed The Palace of Wisdom for the trade paperback release because Dynamite felt the name was too confusing) is the second comic book adaptation starring Nancy Drew, published by Dynamite Comics. The series is a Setting Update of the original series that sees Nancy return to her hometown of Bayport after getting a threatening letter. Once home, she reunites with her two best friends Bess and George, along with The Hardy Boys, and ends up unearthing a decades-long mystery. Solving the case will take the help of her friends and a mysterious newcomer, and she'll need all the help she can get — getting close to the truth may end in her death.
The series is written by Kelly Thompson (of Hawkeye: Kate Bishop fame) and penciled by Jenn St-Onge. Unlike most Nancy Drew media, the series skews more Young Adult but still keeps the spirit of the original novels.
The first five issues were released through 2018 and collected in trade in 2019. As of 2019, the series is on indefinite hiatus, due to Thompson's exclusive contract with Marvel Comics.
Tropes found in this series include:
- Adaptational Sexuality: George is re-imagined as a lesbian in this series, and she has a girlfriend.
- Amicable Exes: Nancy refers to both Frank and Joe Hardy as "almost childhood paramours." Don't ask.
- Awesome by Analysis: Nancy, natch. Shown off in issue #2 where she examines a scene within seconds. It drives her friends crazy sometimes.
- Beta Couple: Bess and Joe Hardy, next to the budding relationship of Nancy and Pete.
- Bookends: The first issue opens and closes with Nancy climbing down a height and falling when her rope snaps.
- Cliffhanger: The first arc (possiblly entire series) ends with Nancy being arrested by a cop she suspects was involved with Locke's scheme.
- Darker and Edgier: Unlike the original all-ages book, the series takes a more Young Adult direction, complete with swears and suggestive situations and violence. The first arc revolves around the murders of young women and a drug trade scheme.
- The Ditz: Bess isn't dumb at all, but she is flighty and highly emotional.
- I Never Said It Was Poison: Nancy figures out Blake Locke of the Locke Lobster is involved with the murders due to the fact that he inadvertently doesn't use the Mr./Mrs./Ms. honorfics for two employees including Pete's mom Mariana - indicating that he did know them personally.
- I Never Told You My Name: Nancy was suspicious of Pete due to this; that day where he helped Nancy and her friends at the cliffs he said her name without anyone else saying it beforehand. She even points this out to him once she's sure he's not dangerous.
- Kid Detective: Nancy Drew, natch.
- Missing Mom: Nancy, natch as it's a part of her backstory. Pete as well, his mother was murdered for stumbling into a drug running scheme.
- Missing White Woman Syndrome: Part of the reason why Pete was irrationally upset with Nancy; when Nancy's mother died in an accident, her death got way more attention than his mother being murdered around the same time due to the back that she was black.
- Police Are Useless: The police are dismissive of Nancy and her friends and they let Mariana Vega's murder run cold for years. Naturally, Nancy solves it and exposes a drug running scheme in a weekend.
- Power Trio: Nancy, Bess, and George, much like in the original books.
- Running Gag: Nancy forgets to use her phone and keep in touch with her friends at several times. This becomes not so funny when Nancy sees her texts from her team in River Heights too late to avoid being arrested.
- Stranger in a Familiar Land: Nancy returns to Bayport seven years after her mother's death.
- Team Mom: George, who chides Nancy for getting herself into dangerous situations along with being overprotective of her and the rest of her friends.
- Tsundere: George is has a harsh and gruff exterior but is fiercely overprotective of her friends and has a softer side, according to her girlfriend.