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Scooby Doo #119

Posted: Saturday, April 21, 2007
By: Ray Tate



"Mummy Under Wraps"

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

"Ghost in the Machine"

Writer: Alex Simmons
Artists: Joe Staton(p), Jeff Albrecht(i), Heroic Age(c)

"Texas Tooth-Step"

Writer: Robbie Busch
Artists: Joe Staton(p), Busch(i), Heroic Age(c)
Publisher: DC

In Scooby-Doo Robbie Busch unwraps a good mystery in Egypt. The writer pays attention to the characterization of Mystery Inc. as well as that of the suspects and the witnesses to the crime. The way Mystery Inc. solves the puzzle makes sense, and each clue gives both teams of sleuths something important to do.

Scooby and Shaggy enjoy some terrific gag writing, and this could very well be Robert Pope's and Scott McRae's best work. They fashion an impressive looking mummy, detailed Egyptian motifs and still manage to squeeze out the proper body language and expressions from all the characters. Yet, it all falls apart when Busch reveals the motive to the crime. Somebody needs a history lesson.

Jeff Albrecht's inks for "Ghost in the Machine" give Joe Staton's pencils a different spin, but the entire presentation carries the weight of the master's touch. Alex Simmons' story is certainly without flaw. The mystery involves a new type of false ghost, and there are a decent number of suspects on which to hang your bets, but given the way Simmons explains the cryptography in the story, the puzzle should have spelled out something different.

Robbie Busch's "Texas Tooth-Step" is the best of the three stories. This time the plot makes sense. The monster's genuinely creepy, though his greed tips his fang too quickly making him even less of a figure of fear. The intricacies of his scheme stretch the crime farther from the formula of mere real estate fraud. This chap will be speaking to the federales. The inker, this time Busch, again alters the look of Joe Staton's pencils, but you can see his intent beneath the odd yet able embellishment.



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