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Scooby Doo #102

Posted: Friday, November 11, 2005
By: Ray Tate



"Quit Buggin' Me"
"Gridiron Ghoul"

Writer: John Rozum
Artists:Joe Staton(p), Scott McCrae(i); Leo Batic(p), Horacio Ottolini(i),Heroic Age(c)
Publisher: DC

It's a Rozubonanza in this issue of Scooby-Doo. John Rozum fills the book with two mysteries, one puzzle and one vignette that informs the reader about the lore of superstitions.

In "Quit Buggin Me" the entire creative team must be commended for doing their homework. The setting looks like a South American jungle--expect nothing less than the best from Joe Staton. Rozum brings in the history of the Amazon and imagines plausible undiscovered ecology to provide the impetus for this tricky tale with many suspects and the Gang acting in fine but surprising character. Even the colors for the Lizard Man make sense. I'll wager everybody behind this enigmatic romp tunes into Nature on PBS. More stories should be well-researched like this.

In "Gridiron Ghoul" Rozum has Mystery Inc. tackle a Fieldgoal Fantomas, and he gives the reader an extra kick by laying out a very clever red herring. Rozum furthermore carries a theme through the tale in which armchair--or bleacher--detective work provide the necessary clues to find the answers to two questions.

Leo Batic--known for his Pinky and the Brain work--gives the Gang good scale and score. In fact it doesn't matter who is drawing Scooby-Doo and "those meddling kids." Joe Staton, Scott McRae, Leo Batic, Horacio Ottolini, Houngun meister Robert Pope and far from hayseed Pablo Zamboni acquit the Gang consistently and to the model of the cartoons.



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