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Frank and Joe Hardy, the Hardy perennials (Sorry, couldn't resist) of the "plucky teenage detective genre" have a new series coming from Dynamite in a couple of months, and Dynamite Entertainment have released details, covers, and model sheets via entertainment Weekly, and they seem to have going a VERY different route this time.

Which should surprise no one, since the Hardy Boys have been re-invented more times than Batman in their ninety year history, spanning multiple book imprints, two TV series (three counting the Mickey Mouse Club adaption), a psychedelic 60's cartoon, comics and graphic novels..

This time around we seem to be looking at something akin to Hardy Boys Noir, as a very different Nancy Drew joins them in...

So they've been high school kids, Government agents (Both in the 70's TV series and in the long-running ATAC "American Teens Against Crime" covert black ops thing) books and comics, and even been "High school kids who have been told to stop investigating, or every criminal they ever made a citizens arrest on will sue their father's asses off and they'll be sent to the "J'Adoube School for Behaviour Modification")

This time around that's looking like it was getting off easy, as writer Antony Del Col puts it;

Inspired by new crime classics like Ed Brubaker’s Fatale and Darwyn Cooke’s Parker series, writer Anthony Del Col (Assassin’s Creed, Kill Shakespeare) and artist Werther Dell'Edera (Batman: Detective Comics, House of Mystery) bring the iconic teen detectives into the modern age, and redefine noir for a new generation of readers!

"I often come up with a lot of bizarre ideas, and two years ago I had this vision of a modern-day noir story with femme fatale Nancy Drew aiding accusing criminals the Hardy Boys” Del Col said in a statement. “It was an idea that, upon further thought, actually wasn’t that bizarre. And now Werther, Dynamite and I are using it as a launching pad to examine who these characters really are, and why they’re still so beloved.”

The Big Lie casts Frank and Joe Hardy as teenage brothers in the small resort town of Bayport. When they come under suspicion for the death of their famous detective father, they turn to local “femme fatale” Nancy Drew for help proving their innocence. According to Dynamite, the resulting story is a bit more “hard-boiled” than classic fans may be used to, promising “double-crosses, deceit and dames.” In this way, The Big Lie may fill the hole left when CBS passed on a Drew TV show that would have cast the character as a 30-something detective in New York City, played by Sarah Shahi.

Good grief, these guys don't look like they've smiled in the last five years.

And a couple of covers to boot (and this first one (sadly, the link doesn't give art credits, but that first one is gorgereous in it's own right (and not just because they're in handcuffs, even I'm not that shallow... usually ;) )

I confess I'm slightly freaked out (and annoyed) by Nancy Drew as femme fatale for the Hardy's (Rather than a respected detective in her own right) but in this age where Scooby Doo is relaunched as a post-apocalyptic Silent Hill meets Generator Rex, and the Flintstones is actual social commentary, who knows anymore...

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