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Scooby-Doo #84

Posted: Saturday, May 15, 2004
By: Ray Tate

"Curse of the Irate Pirate"
"Working Stiffs"

Writer: Robbie Busch; Frank Strom
Artists:Joe Staton(p), Andrew Pepoy(i);Karen Matchette(p), Scott McRae(i),Heroic Age(c)

Two Scooby-Snacks this week, but only one is delicious. The first story by Robbie Busch is quite frankly brilliant. Although I solved the mystery, I really didn't think the author would be smart enough to write the conclusion I would have written, but he did.

The gang are in perfect character, and food gets the better of Shag and Scoob.
The backdrop of the book is original, imaginative and well-researched with a strong historical core that adds more dimension to the plotting. Joe Staton naturally keeps the characters on-model and displays a variety of expressions for them: facial and muscular. He also seems to be having a ball designing the pirate costumes for the sea-side villagers.

The second story by Frank Strom I'm sad to say fails on several levels. It's been established that Mystery Inc. is independently wealthy, and even Shaggy and Scooby could not possibly go through all their money on food. Thus the idea of them working in a fast food restaurant horribly reminiscent of an inferior episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer that is still better than the short does not make sense. This is a pity because Karen Matchette does a very nice job rendering the goofy duo.

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