"The Shadow Knows"
"Great Recipes with Scooby & Shaggy"
Writer: John Rozum
Artists: Joe Staton(p), Scott McRae(i), Heroic Age(c)
DC seems to be dumbing down Scooby-Doo, and that just misses the point. Kids became involved with Scooby-Doo because of the fairplay mysteries that were often kind of creepy and the friendship shared by Freddie, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and Scoob.
I do not ask for the complexity of say Raymond Chandler in Scooby-Doo mysteries, but I do want a puzzle that does not insult my intelligence. Kids would like that too. John Rozum has written some awesome issues of Scooby-Doo, but this latest collection of stories represents his worst.
The first tale visits Velma's cousin Dexter who has been framed for vandalism. Unfortunately, the clues given are telegraphed and really do not highlight the detective skills of Mystery Inc. Inspector Clouseau could have solved this one. There is some mild cogitation regarding the reason why the criminal in question would choose such an outlandish costume, but it's not really enough.
The second "mystery" involves a shadow casting contest.
"Ah-hah! Ze shadow outline is exactly lake ze perpetrator of ze cream."
"No, ze cream."
"Oh, the crime."
"Of course, zhat is what I've been zaying, you idiot!"
Next we have a crossword puzzle that might have been interesting had somebody not thought a honk is what you use to catch fish. You use a honk to catch a duck, gentlebeings.
The best of the anthology comes from a slightly amusing cooking lesson courtesy of Shaggy and Scooby. I don't recommend anybody try this recipe at home, but at least it's a lively vignette.
Joe Staton's artwork throughout saves this issue of Scooby-Doo from the trashcan, but an all ages book is supposed to be smarter than the continuity books.
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