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Scooby Doo #134

Posted: Friday, July 25, 2008
By: Ray Tate

Robbie Busch, Jymn Magnon, John Rozum
Roberto Barrios Angelelli, Leo Batic, Karen Matchette (p), Horacio Ottolini (i)
DC Comics
"Ready to Were-Wolf" is a beautifully illustrated Scooby-Doo story that makes sense in terms of motive but not monster. Why a werewolf? Oh, well.

Busch sews up this mystery with a vast cast of interesting personalities, and Barrios Angelelli adorns Busch's characters with a multitude of body language and expressions.

Not only does he festoon the support cast, but he outfits Mystery Inc. with terrific moments. At one point Barrios has Daphne enjoying Fred getting all the attention from a possibly gay or bisexual fashion designer intent on seeing him model his creations.

The second full-length story burns rubber with a ghost that's perfect for the racing backdrop. The identity of this particular spectral speedster makes perfect sense. Newcomer to the Mystery Machine Magnon tunes up the characterization for the sleuths.

Batic and Ottolini have always been reliable pit crews for Scooby and the Gang, but this lap is rather spectacular. Before the checkered flag waves on the next page, Shaggy in a state of sheer turnpike terror picks up Velma by her robe collar while Velma remains completely nonplused about her friend's frightened foot race.

As per usual, you can't go wrong with John Rozum's myth lessons--the best being the tall tales of the lumberjacks, ably rendered by Karen Matchette and the good folk of Heroic Age. Along with an amusing fashion lesson from Daphne by Barrios and Ottolini, three of them round off these enjoyable cases for Scooby-Scooby-Scooby-Scooby-Doooooo.



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