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Scooby-Doo #77

Posted: Saturday, October 11, 2003
By: Ray Tate



"Telescope Terror"

Writer: John Rozum
Artists: Joe Staton(p), Stephen DeStefano, Paul Becton(c)

"Night Marchers"

Writer: Michael Kraiser
Artists: Scott Neeley, Paul Becton(c)
Publisher: DC

John Rozum returns to Scooby-Doo with "The Telescope Terror." He finds a motive distinctive from the usual real estate fraud scheme, and he keeps the gang--sporting their hipper new look--in pitch-perfect character. The personalities of Mystery Inc. feel comfortable, and Scooby and Shaggy amuse.

What did not amuse were the painful names that were forced out of the Zodiac and Constellations. Ursula Major, Leo Minor, etc. are likely to cause the reader great pain.

Joe Staton works with a different inker during this case, and the results are decidedly different from his usual look under the attention of Dave Hunt. While Staton's body language for Mystery Inc. is as fluid and characteristic as usual, Mr. DeStefano gives them a bit of rough edges and angularity that more often than not works within the creepy atmosphere of the story.

"Night Marchers" isn't much of a mystery. The culprit will seem obvious as will the rationale behind the haunting crime, but Michael Kraiser gets points for breaking from the formula in the conclusion and conjecturing a novel mask for the gang to pull away.

Steve Neeley and Paul Becton relish the change in setting as well as the change in dress for the gang. Daphne fans will definitely want this issue.



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