Genre: Mystery / Adventure / Thriller / Crime
Year Published: 2008
Year Read: 4/7/2016
Series: The Hardy Boys #13
Here I am again and I have once more picked up another volume in the “Hardy Boys” graphic novel series, which is called “The Deadliest Stunt,” the thirteenth volume in this series! Even though this still is not the five star “Hardy Boys” graphic novel that I am looking for, it was still a fun read from this interesting series!
What is this story about?
In this volume, Frank and Joe Hardy are asked to go on a mission that involves assisting a famous female stunt performer as she goes on to enter an international competition that decides the best female stunt performer. Unknown to both Frank and Joe, it turns out that Lindsay Rider, the female stunt performer that they are supposed to look after, is actually an American Teen Against Crime agent (A.T.A.C) just like the Hardy boys themselves and Frank and Joe are actually her backups! Now, all three A.T.A.C. members must solve the case that involves a contestant from the competition actually smuggling diamonds into America before it is too late!
What I loved about this story:
Scott Lobdell’s writing: Once again, Scott Lobdell’s writing continues to impress me as the characters are extremely well written and the case was pretty interesting to read about! I loved the fact that in this volume, Scott Lobdell focused on a female character who turns out to be an agent on the same team as Frank and Joe and it was interesting seeing a female character become a part of the action in this series since it adds a bit of diversity, in terms of having more female protagonists, to this series. Frank and Joe’s portrayals in this volume continues to amaze me as Frank is still shown as being the more level headed of the brothers while Joe is shown to be more eager to jump into action without thinking and I just loved their brotherly banter with each other as it was entertaining to read!
Paulo Henrique’s artwork: Paulo Henrique’s artwork is as usual gorgeous to look at as the action sequences are done extremely well, especially during the scenes where the female stunt performers were performing various tricks, such as jumping off of high buildings and smashing down bricks in the process!
What made me feel uncomfortable about this story:
Now, the reason why I gave this book a four star rating was because once again, I felt that the ending of this story felt a bit too rushed. There were many scenes in this volume where the details to solving this case were not developed very well and it felt like they just threw in a culprit out of nowhere without mentioning about this culprit prior to the events in this story. I would have liked it better if the clues to this case were better developed and were not rushed out at the last second just to solve this case in a matter of seconds.
Overall, “The Hardy Boys: The Deadliest Stunt” may have felt a bit rushed at certain points of the story, but it was still quite an enjoyable read for this series!