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Scooby-Doo #91

Posted: Saturday, December 11, 2004
By: Ray Tate

"Kung-Fu Ghost Girl"
"I've Lost My Glasses!"

Writer: Ivan Velez
Artists: Joe Staton(p), Scott McRae(i), Heroic Age(c)

"Maze of Maize"
"How to Make a Monster"

Writer: John Rozum
Artists: Robert Pope(p), David Hunt(i), Heroic Age(c)
Publisher: DC

Ivan Velez shows why he's the top Scooby-Doo writer with a non-mystery involving Asian cinema. The fact that "Kung-Fu Ghost Girl" is a non-mystery should not dissuade you from reading.

Velez's appreciation for the intelligence of the reader and Mystery Inc. creates a near instantaneous solution that makes sense given the setup. Furthermore, he cleverly introduces some growth to Daphne as she becomes enticed by the poetry of the eastern silver screen. The artwork by Joe Staton, Scott McCrae and the staff at Heroic Age merely adds to the quality of the tale. Their camerawork in the panels almost matches what's undoubtedly on screen.

John Rozum also contributes a pair of puzzles for child readers. These will not tax the brain of any adult. However, he does enhance adult-reading pleasure through the clever backdrops. In "I've Lost My Glasses!" young kids will test their observation skills, and their parents will appreciate the monster and the setting of the story. The same goes for "Maze in the Maize."

"How to Make a Monster" openly gives an over-view about how to make a latex monster mask, and the finale features a two pager interactive mystery by Solly Fisch that pits the gang after a pair of faux ghosts. Again, this mystery will perplex no one, but Fisch's background for the criminals amuses.

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