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Scooby Doo #115

Posted: Saturday, December 23, 2006
By: Ray Tate



"It's a Wonderful Fright"

Writer: Alex Simmons
Artists: Robert Pope(p), Scott McRae(i), Heroic Age(c)

"Santa's Evil Elves"

Writer: Robbie Busch
Artists: Scott Jeralds(p), Jack Purcell(i), Heroic Age(c)
Publisher: DC

It's a Wonderful Xmas from Scooby-Scooby-Doooooooooooo. Shaggy takes a tumble while fleeing from an imaginatively conceived masquerade by Pope and McRae. His trip to la-la land has him dreaming a little dream where Mystery Inc. never existed.

Simmons takes a time-honored tradition through the magnifying glass of the sleuth. Despite being consistently scared witless--evidenced by hilarious wild takes from the Shagster, Shaggy quickly learns that it's preferable to a world over-run by flamboyant real estate scammers. Bonus bell ringing for Simmons having Shaggy solve the mystery that led him to the insight.

The second short by Robbie Busch severely breaks from formula, but in a good way. Shaggy's stint as a department store Santa attracts a foul-pussed Grinch with a greedy Xmas wish and a gaggle of nasty little elves. Surprisingly, Busch like Simmons still manages to slip in and solve a mystery element to the caper.

John Rozum returns to the pages of Scooby-Doo for the scant but filling remainder of pages that inform the readers of a snowman legend that hasn't anything to do with Frosty. Despite the length and the subject, Dan Davis contributes his professional best and keeps Velma, Shaggy and Scooby in perfect character.



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