"All My Tomorrows"
"White Shoe Scare"
"Oh, no! Not Again!"
The best of the Scooby Snacks in Scooby-Doo comes from the supreme Scooby writer John Rozum. In "Fishy Story" Rozum creates an ingenious mystery, a quality and not easily discernible "monster" as well as his typically dead-on, great characterization for Mystery Inc. In addition to fulfilling all of these aspects, Rozum also comes up with an original and impressive motive for the culprit behind the crimes, which break from formula.
John McCrea with the Heroic Age studio alters the look of the Gang but keeps their essence, and his artwork stands out when Scoob, Shaggy, Daphne, Fred and Velma plunge under the depths. These scenes recall the fun, underwater adventuring of the Sea Devils.
Rozum and Robert Pope scare up two page joke shorts for the original material. The latter pun will cause severe pain, but "White Shoe Scare" is surreal and hilarious as Daphne gives readers a fashion tip.
The lesser of the two mysteries is still fun to read. Pope provides excellent pencils, and with Dave Hunt's inks he really has settled in as one of the best detailers of the Gang. Pope's other characters in the cast are portrayed in a more realistic style, and the blend makes for an interesting contrast. The monster is a clever concoction, and even if the mystery itself is only passable, the tale provides a good if not great Scooby-Doo diversion.
Beefing out the remainder of the book, Joe Staton emphasizes the delectable Daphne Blake in the Chris Duffy reprint "Scooby's Amaz-ing Adventure." Rick Taylor's colors, which set baby-blues in Daphne's beautiful bone structure and the soft color shades of her ensemble on the sunset splash page really make the artwork pleasing to see a second time.
The second reprint "Mystery Machine Mystery" is one of Rozum's cleverest examples of playing with Scooby continuity, and for some reason, I kept thinking that there were more pages added to this tale than previously seen. I don't remember the little throwaway gag of Scooby getting "ruck" in a tiny car as being part of the tale. Beautifully staged by Joe Staton, you cannot help but enjoy this fun romp even if it is a retread.
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