Mini Reviews | Goldie Vance vol 1 – 3 – Hope Larson & Brittney Williams

Scribd gives out a free month long trial because of the worldwide quarantine. So of course I made use of that! I had a couple of graphic novels on my to read list I wanted to try through Scribd. As soon as I started my free trial, I picked up Goldie Vance. I believe there are currently 4 volumes but Scribd limits you and I wasn’t able to read the fourth volume. So today I want to talk about the first 3 volumes. Let’s dive in!

Mini Reviews | Goldie Vance vol 1 – 3 – Hope Larson & Brittney Williams

GOLDIE VANCE IS ON THE CASE
Sixteen-year-old Marigold "Goldie" Vance has an insatiable curiosity. She lives at a Florida resort with her dad, who manages the place, and it's her dream to one day be the hotel's in-house detective. When Walter, the current detective, encounters a case he can't crack, together they utilize her smarts, skills, and connections to solve the mystery...even if it means getting into a drag race, solving puzzles, or chasing a helicopter to do it!


Goldie Vance Vol. 1 by Hope Larson, Brittney Williams
Published by BOOM! Box on 11/10/2016
Pages: 112
Goodreads

While I wanted to read Goldie Vance at some point, I didn’t have super high hopes. So I didn’t want to buy a physical copy just yet. The free trial for Scribd was the perfect opportunity to try this series out. And let me just say, I was pleasantly surprised! Apparently I never really read the synopsis. Or at least, I don’t remember reading one, because I had no clue what this series was about haha.

Goldie works at the hotel her father manages. She works as a valet but her passion is solving mysteries. So you can often find her trying to help the in-house detective. This comic has a historic setting, Florida in the 60’s. I really liked the atmosphere this created! There is also some great diversity going on. Goldie is a POC and queer and quite the character! She is relentless in her search for answers haha.

I didn’t always like Goldie but we also get a nice cast of secondary characters. The plot was fun, not anything spectacular but still a fun mystery. This is a graphic novel you will fly through! I quite liked the art and the color scheme the illustrator used. It really gives off that retro vibe. All in all, this was a good graphic novel, not amazing but definitely worth recommending 😉

Mini Reviews | Goldie Vance vol 1 – 3 – Hope Larson & Brittney Williams

Nancy who? Goldie Vance is on the case! The adventures of the teen sleuth continue in this second volume of the hit comic book series.
The adventures of Goldie Vance, teen super sleuth, continue in the second volume of this hit comic adventure. Collects issues #5-8 of the series.
Sixteen-year-old Marigold “Goldie” Vance lives at a Florida resort with her dad, who manages the place. Her mom, who divorced her dad years ago, works as a live mermaid at a club downtown. Goldie has an insatiable curiosity, which explains her dream to one day become the hotel’s in-house detective. When Charles, the current detective, encounters a case he can’t crack, he agrees to mentor Goldie in exchange for her help solving the mystery.
Eisner Award-winning writer Hope Larson (A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel) and artist Brittney Williams (Patsy Walker, A.K.A Hellcat!) present the newest gal sleuth on the block with Goldie Vance, an exciting, whodunnit adventure.


Goldie Vance Vol. 2 by Hope Larson, Brittney Williams
Published by BOOM! Box on 09/05/2017
Pages: 112
Goodreads

As soon as I finished Goldie Vance vol 1, I went ahead and read volume 2. This was another super easy but fun read. We met Cheryl, Goldie’s best friend, in volume 1 but we get to know her a bit better in this second volume. Goldie starts off being a bit of a bad friend, but she spends the whole volume making it up to Cheryl. And I really enjoyed that storyline. We all do some dumb and unkind things from time to time and we don’t always realize that until it’s done. It was good seeing Goldie making an effort in fixing her mistake.

The mystery was okay, a bit out there, possibly even more so than the mystery in the first volume. But it was once again a fun one! It was also great seeing more of the secondary characters. Diane plays a bigger role, as does Goldie’s mom. I think I liked that part of the graphic novel the most. We get to know all of them a bit better and at the same time we see the mystery unfold.

I’m still very much okay with not owning these in a physical format. But at the same time I’m happy I did start reading them. The art is still great to look at and I enjoy reading these fun mysteries with great characters.

Mini Reviews | Goldie Vance vol 1 – 3 – Hope Larson & Brittney Williams

Catch up with the coolest new girl detective on the block, Goldie Vance.
Sixteen-year-old Marigold “Goldie” Vance has an insatiable curiosity with dreams of one day becoming a detective. Luckily, she lives at a Florida resort with her dad, who manages the place, and with a rotating roster of guests and events, there’s bound to be some mystery afoot! With the Prescription One race in town, Goldie and her biggest rival, Sugar Maple, find themselves in an unlikely alliance to find who is sabotaging the drivers before the big event.
Eisner Award-winning writer Hope Larson (A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel) and artist Brittney Williams (Patsy Walker, A.K.A Hellcat!) are joined by writer Jackie Ball and introducing artist Noah Hayes in another exciting whodunnit adventure!


Goldie Vance, Vol. 3 by Hope Larson, Jackie Ball, Noah Hayes, Sarah Stern, Brittney Williams, Jim Cambell
Published by BOOM! Box on 21/11/2017
Pages: 112
Goodreads

In this third volume the focus is mostly on Sugar Maple. We met Sugar in the first volume, she the daughter of the owner of the hotel Goldie and her father work at. Sugar loves cars and is a racer. She seemed like a pretty horrible character when we met her for the first time, but appearances can be deceiving.

I liked getting to know Sugar better and I can’t say I still ‘hate’ her. It was also fun seeing more of the racing aspect after seeing a bit of that in the first two volumes. I love watching Formula 1 so this was definitely an aspect I really liked. And especially since we see a female driver (not Formula 1 though) and a female team around the car.

The mystery was okay, I think I liked this one least out of the three. But with everything else going on in the story this was still a solid installment. I would’ve liked to continue on with the fourth volume right away but I got limited by Scribd. At some point I do want to read the next volume though. I like the characters, I like the art, and this series is fun and quick to read!

I’m happy I decided to finally read Goldie Vance! It was an enjoyable ride with great characters and 3 fun mysteries. Have you read this series yet? Or are you planning on reading it? Let me know in the comments!

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