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Scooby Doo #120

Posted: Saturday, May 19, 2007
By: Ray Tate



"Ape Misbehavin'"

Writer: Robbie Busch
Artists: Scott Jerralds (p), Jeff Albrecht (i), Heroic Age (colors)

"Home Run Haunting"

Writer: Greg Thompson
Artists: Robert Pope(p), Scott McRae(i), Heroic Age(c)

"Ice Screaming Mimi"

Writer: Robbie Busch
Artists: Karen Matchette (p), Heroic Age (colors)

Publisher: DC Comics


"Ape Missbehavin" starts out as a really engrossing mystery that's bolstered by comedy bits from Shaggy and Scooby. A red herring provides a plausible obstacle for the gang. The "ghost" is imaginative and well illustrated, and the motive stays hidden. Busch however really disappoints with this heretofore perfectly executed Scooby-Doo short. He crafts an ending that makes what you read completely innocuous and perfunctory. Certainly non Scooby-Doo readers consider these attributes to be part and parcel for every tale in the series, but for a Scooby-Doo fan, the bad twist comes at the expense of his or her enjoyment.

Greg Thompson sticks to the basics in "Home Run Haunting." The Gang go to the ballpark to solve the mystery of a batting ghost upsetting the balance of a homerun kid. Thompson throws the reader a curve with an ingenious motive for the manifestation, and Robert Pope and Scott McCrae keep Mystery Inc. fresh and fun. Note the sly look he gives to Daphne as she goes for the Scooby Snacks and the nasty sneer he carves in the mouth of the money-hungry monster maker.

Karen Matchette returns with her confectionary of sharp designs for Busch's redemptive story "Ice Screaming Mimi." Matchette freezes some beautiful expressions to Shaggy's and Scooby's faces, and her subtle flavoring of the "ghost" is quite tasty.

Two out of three isn’t bad, and the art throughout the tales while varying in style preserves the look and feel of Scooby-Doo.



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