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Scooby-Doo #109

Posted: Saturday, July 1, 2006
By: Ray Tate



"Seaside Frights"

Writer: Vito Delsante
Artists: Joe Staton(p), Horacio Ottolini(i), Heroic Age(c)

"UFO-No!"

Writer: Scott Peterson
Artists: Scott Nealy, Heroic Age(c)

"The Lost Survivors of Monster Island"

Writer: Robbie Busch
Artists: Robert Pope(p), Scott McRae(i), Heroic Age(c)
Publisher: DC

Vito Delsante's "Seaside Frights" seems obvious, but Delsante treats his audience instead to a fairplay mystery in which the gang searches for and finds clues as well as a motive for the crime.
Readers can play along or simply watch Delsante's on model characterization of Scooby-Doo and Mystery Inc.

Joe Staton, Horacio Ottolini and Heroic Age make this mystery easy on the eyes and a splendid animated romp. Delsante adds a genuinely fun twist that fits with the personality of cast, and Staton accomplishes the timing needed to make the joke work.

Former Batman writer Scott Peterson finds a very clever way to make Scoob's and the gang's encounter with a UFO plausible. He takes an inventive swipe at Britaney Spears' name while punching out another fairplay mystery. In addition he includes and unusual guest star and features in the story a rare occurrence, Daphne driving the Mystery Machine.

Scott Nealy offers very streamlined looks for Mystery Inc. that of course still fit with their traditional image. He saves the complexity for the insides of the UFO and expands the scope of the story with a backdrop filled with uniquely illustrated extras.

The final enigma from Robbie Busch finds a modern day phenomena as his inspiration. When you see Robert Pope's and Scott McCrae's beautifully constructed monsters you'll be puzzled until the issue's end. These monsters are no mere real estate swindlers in costume.

Busch brings in a sense of drama to his tale very early. Freddie for instance tackles Daphne in danger from being squashed, and Velma later expresses her movie incarnation's disgust. The solution to the mystery of course makes perfect sense.



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