I was so impressed by Goldie Vance #1 that I didn’t know what to expect with the second issue. I’m happy to say this issue is just as well written as issue one. Goldie is hot on the trail of a missing guest of the Crossed Palms Resort. She gets to showcase her detective skills to lead her closer to the elusive Mr. Ludwig. Overall it’s a pretty entertaining mystery and we see Goldie trying to enjoy normal things like lunch with friends and family time with her parents. Everything leads up to a cliff-hanger and sets up her new nemesis. While the first issue provided a story that can be enjoyed as a whole a lot of this one depends on information established previously. If you didn’t pick up issue one it will be pretty confusing. That is my only gripe about this issue. Otherwise the characters are still fun to read and the artwork is still beautiful and playful. It is a mini-series so the fact that it doesn’t stand alone is more of an incentive to get the whole collection. It’s an interesting approach and it may not have worked if the book was not so good.
It’s worth noting that another reason I think this series is so good for kids is because of the ethnic diversity. In this issue Goldie is revealed to be biracial, her father being African-American and her mother being white. The issue also touches on the fact that Goldie’s parents are divorced. I think these are themes that are handled well in this book. It’s more about visibility than it is teaching some moral lesson. This is the reality that a lot of kids have. If you’re introducing children to comics or even if you’re new to them this series provides high quality writing that any age can enjoy.
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