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Goldie Vance #5-8

Goldie Vance Vol. 2

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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.

112 pages, Paperback

First published May 9, 2017

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Hope Larson

131 books649 followers
Hope Larson is an American illustrator and comics artist. Hope Larson is the author of Salamander Dream, Gray Horses, Chiggers, and Mercury. She won a 2007 Eisner Award. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

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Profile Image for Calista.
4,075 reviews31.3k followers
March 24, 2019
This is Volume 2 of Goldie Vance. It is a quick and fun read made up of 4 issues. I need more of the modern day Nancy Drew. I find these stories joyous and fun. Goldie is super smart and sharp witted. She is brave and a great character to have. I hope she is read.

This issues revolves around a mystery with an astronaut. What's interesting is how they end up under water. You have to read it to figure out why. It's clever I thought. There is a mod 70s feel to this issue. There are mysteries to be solved and Goldie is the detective to do it.
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576 reviews299 followers
August 18, 2021
super fun and cute!! i really enjoy the 1960s amateur sleuth vibes.

my main gripe is that the wlw crush from volume one now seems to be a full-fledged relationship, and the readers totally miss out on its development!! i suppose larson didn't want to take too much attention off of the mystery itself, but i want to see more of the cute gay romance on the side!!

as in volume one, there's a surprisingly sophisticated mystery. this one involves NASA and undersea exploration, and goldie spends much of the book tracking down her BFF cher and discovering how much she doesn't know about her. i really liked the focus on friendship (despite cher being absent for most of the book). goldie learns to empathize better and give cher the support she needs, which is good stuff!!
Profile Image for Dave Schaafsma.
Author 6 books31.5k followers
May 26, 2017
Updated tween Nancy Drew for the new century, though there's still a kind of Betty and Veronica innocence to it all. Goldie is a wannabe detective, and she gets the opportunity to hone her skills. This series will be popular with (especially) girls; it has fluffy, goofy effervescence to the story, characterization and art that is pretty appealing.

In this volume Goldie and her best friend Cheryl encounter a female astronaut with amnesia knocked out on the hotel's beach. Thus, the mystery that focuses on Cheryl, her dream of being an astronaut, and some underwater action. Goldie's cool mom takes a larger role in this one, too. It's not just a solo detective series; Goldie involves a wide group of friends and family. Fun!
Profile Image for Eleni Ouzouni (Life is Art).
272 reviews131 followers
July 13, 2019

+Πολύ διασκεδαστικό και ευχάριστο 😊

-Το μόνο αρνητικό που μπορώ να βρω σε αυτη την σειρά Graphic Novel είναι ότι η υπόθεση είναι υποδεέστερη των σκίτσων
Profile Image for Elle (ellexamines).
1,097 reviews17.7k followers
June 1, 2017
I was a little worried that after the magic of volume one, this volume would simply disappoint me. But don't worry; Goldie Vance volume two is just as cute and heartfelt. In fact, I think I may have enjoyed it more.

This one is marginally better than volume one in terms of having a coherent plot. While the plot of volume two is no more believable than that of volume one, I had issues with the odd pacing of volume one. This book, however, keeps a faster pace throughout without abrupt transitions. Definitely an improvement.

Can't wait for volume three!!
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1,226 reviews948 followers
June 19, 2018
This series is such a joy and volume two was just as good (if not slightly better?) as the first! I’m loving these characters so much, the art style is gorgeous and the plots are easy to read, addictive and heaps of fun. I also officially want to take all and any future style advice from Dianne and borrow a little of Goldie’s gutsy attitude.
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1,021 reviews169 followers
December 7, 2020
3,5 stars... I still liked the story, just a bit less than the first one and I can't quite put my figer on why... I am definitely gonna continue on with the series, cause I have two more volumes and we shall see how it will go after them :) fingers crossed they will be better :)


Profile Image for Emma.
932 reviews887 followers
January 23, 2019
This comic is still very cute. Ok sure, the plot is not very believable but it's nice to read and I love all the characters, who cares if the adventures they are involved in are a bit odd? Not me, that's for sure. Cheryl and Goldie are such good friends and I'm really happy with how this second volume ended.
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3,773 reviews208 followers
April 9, 2020
I like this comic’s vibe: a mix of humour, mystery, and historical and location settings with a plucky heroine. There’s a certain energy, hopefulness, and enthusiasm to this series, as embodied by Goldie Vance, teen hotel parking valet and budding detective, that I really like. This episode concerns Goldie’s and Cheryl’s friendship, Cheryl’s dream of becoming an astronaut, and a young apparent astronaut who’s washed up on the hotel’s beach.
Goldie rushes here and there on the hunt for clues, and of course, figures out what’s going on. The colours are vibrant, the action’s mostly nonviolent, and the friendship is sweet.
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723 reviews63 followers
June 16, 2017
I love this comic. Goldie is such a fantastic (and flawed) teen sleuth. My only quibble with this volume is not enough Diana. But I did like how this arc focused on her friendship with Cheryl, that we got to spend more time with her awesome mom, and I was actually glad we spent most of the time out of the hotel.
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8,146 reviews906 followers
August 27, 2018
A modern day Nancy Drew (still set in the 60's though). Perfect for tween girls and fans of Lumberjanes. This one also contains astronauts and deep sea divers. I dig the simplistic art and vibrant colors.
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133 reviews38 followers
September 30, 2018
Volume 1: ★★★★★
volume 2: ★★★★★

I never thought I could love a comic book series this much but here we are. Goldie Vance is such a joy to read. That being more because of the characters or the story it's impossible to say. An energetic and witty 16 year old trying to solve mysteries, with the help of her friends and girlfriend... How can you not love it? The sixties setting creates such a fun atmosphere and is perfect for the book. The focus on friendship as well as passion is what made this volume so beautiful.
Profile Image for Erica.
1,342 reviews439 followers
August 7, 2018
So, this episode lets the reader know that we're in 1963.
I think I kind of hoped this was an alt-universe thing but it's not. It's 1963 Florida.

I wasn't nearly so charmed by this volume as I had been the first. The art is far more rushed-looking and not so expressive. Some of it was downright wonky.
And the story.
We've got this in our young adult section but it's totally suitable for 10- to 12-year-olds.

This installment has an astronaut washing up on shore but inside the suit is a teenage beauty queen. What's going on?
Goldie and her BFF, Cher, have a fight and Goldie sees Cher driving off with the beauty queen astronaut even though Cher doesn't have a car or a driver's license.
What's going on?

Silliness and improbability. That is what's going on.
It's still cute and I still love that everyone comes in all colors and sizes but, story-wise and picture-wise, this one just didn't do it for me.
Profile Image for Devann.
2,443 reviews139 followers
July 17, 2018
This was another cute volume for this series. I love the style and the characters but overall I think it might just be a bit TOO cute for me [I know I know, but it does happen occasionally]. I think it's probably a good book for younger teens but the whole setup and the plots are definitely pretty simplistic so it ends up just being okay for me.
Profile Image for Diz.
1,607 reviews100 followers
September 5, 2017
I felt that this was a lot weaker than the first volume. First of all, it seems that the art is not as good. There seem to be a lot of unpolished panels, so it feels like the art was rushed. Second, at the end of the first volume it was hinted that Goldie Vance would get involved in Cold War space race capers, but the story in this volume is on a much smaller scale, so it's a bit disappointing.
Profile Image for Molly.
1,202 reviews52 followers
June 25, 2017
I still find Goldie Vance utterly charming, but the plot of this second volume just didn't hold my interest the same way the first one did.
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759 reviews50 followers
May 15, 2021
The teenaged budding detective is back. Out on a jog on the beach with her best friend, Cheryl, Goldie discovers a washed up female astronaut. Cheryl dreams about becoming an astronaut. Goldie goes undercover at a beauty pageant and meets Walter’s (he’s the real in-house detective at the hotel her father manages) former high school girlfriend, who is now an FBI agent. Throw in NASA, the FBI, and the Florida Straits and you have a story of dreams thwarted. I love that Goldie is short but both her mother and Cheryl are 5'10". It is refreshing to see a series set in the early 1960s showcasing a world without racism, where characters are plain, and real emotions are demonstrated regardless if ugly or not.
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1,747 reviews5,294 followers
August 13, 2019
Sigh. This is 100% one of those "it's not you, it's me" things, because this graphic novel series is doing so many things right. Like the first volume, I loved the artwork, the diversity, and the adorable f/f romance featured... but again, like the first volume, the plotline lost me. While I was able to overlook it during Volume 1 thanks to the novelty of how freaking adorable this artwork and these characters are, sadly, it wasn't something I could move past in Volume 2. I think it's all just way too Nancy Drew for me (not as in "this is a ripoff", but as in "I didn't like kid-detective-gang stories then and I don't like them now, Scooby-Doo eternally excluded").

So, yeah. It's one of those series that I wish I could adore like everyone else does, but sadly, I'm going to have to sit out the rest of this one, I think. That said, if you like cutesy mystery stories AT ALL, please check out Goldie Vance, because it really does deserve the love it gets.
Profile Image for Ness (Vynexa).
505 reviews119 followers
February 23, 2019
I liked this volume so much more than the first one!

I love Goldie and her friendships and her mom is a mermaid! well, not really but she does work as a mermaid for a club and it’s GREAT!

I cannot wait to read volume three!
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3,796 reviews1,022 followers
March 31, 2020
Trigger warnings: disappearance, violence.

This series is such a delight. The crimes and their investigations are fun. The characters are wonderful. The art is stunning. Do I wish each issue were slightly longer than it is? Yes, yes I do. But it's so sweet and adorable and oddly reminiscent of childhood that I don't mind.
Profile Image for shannon✨.
1,084 reviews43 followers
December 20, 2018
I really enjoyed the story and the illustrations were again stunning! However, I didn't feel like it was outstanding and some events were slightly confusing.
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