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Scooby-Doo #99

Posted: Saturday, August 13, 2005
By: Ray Tate



"Fright Aquatic"
"Things that Go Bump in the Walls"

Writers: Robbie Busch; John Rozum
Artists:Joe Staton(p), Horacio Ottolini(i); Paris Cullins(p), Rob Petrecca, Heroic Age(c)
Publisher: DC

I'm sure I've said this before, but when it comes to worth for money, nothing compares to Scooby-Doo. First, you get two stories buffered by two puzzles. All the characters are bound to look and act like themselves. Comedy and mystery combine for a confection of cartoon goodness. There are absolutely no acts of betrayal or mind-wiping to be found in these pages. "Rust Rookie Riping. Rhee-Rhee-Rhee!"

Joe Staton provides a damn fine monster in the first tale with a nice twist by writer Robbie Busch to the fairplay formula. Action-packed, the mystery also creates a credible threat and deeper than expected characterization to the suspects of the crime.

In the second story by John Rozum, we get another simply solved construction caper. Simple that is for Scoob and the Gang. Obfuscation comes in the form of a nice broad cast and an adaptive, imaginative monster. The antics of Shaggy and Scooby take the cookie, and Paris Cullins provides a unique look to the Gang that appears partially based on the live action films--which gain my seal of approval. So happiness abounds. On a purely primal note; Velma's got curves, and look at Daphne's legs!

The puzzles by Scholly Fisch, Paul Pope and Campanella on inks in two pages create a mystery, give the reader a suspect and use mistakes as the way to the solve the visual riddles. It's funny but the only comic book that recognizes mistakes, as what they are is Rooby-Rooby-Roo!



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