Sunday, April 23, 2017

REVIEW of "Scooby Apocalypse, Volume 1" by Keith Giffen and J.M. Dematteis, with illustration by Howard Porter

****(4) out of 5 stars!


Fred. Daphne. Velma. Shaggy. Scooby-Doo. 
Roaming the globe in their lime-green Mystery Machine, 
they've solved countless crimes and debunked dozens of sketchy supernatural shenanigans.

But what if the horror was real?

Something terrible has transformed our world, 
turning millions of people into mindless zombie hordes. 
And only five people -- well, four people and one mangy mutt -- 
have the smarts, the skills and the sheer crazy courage to stare down doomsday.

Can these pesky kids and their canine companion 
-- using every incredible contraption in their arsenal -- 
defeat the evil that has overwhelmed planet Earth? 
We've got only one thing to say about that: ZOINKS!

From comics mastermind Jim Lee,
 and the superstar creative team of 
Keith Giffen (JUSTICE LEAGUE 3001), J.M. DeMatteis (JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK) 
and Howard Porter (JLA) comes SCOOBY APOCALYPSE, 
a whole new spin on the most beloved paranormal investigators in history. 
Get ready to give Scooby Snacks a whole new meaning! 

(SCOOBY APOCALYPSE, VOLUME 1 collects issues #1-6.)


I must admit that I wasn't prepared to like this latest version of the mystery-solving group of young people.  It just seemed like too big of a stretch from what I was used to seeing.  But it turned out to be a fun and interesting new take on the traditional Scooby-doo story. 

The graphics were bright, clear and easy to absorp.  There weren't many scenes that were hard to decipher.  And all of the characters were distinct enough as to be discernable.

The characters were unique and original enough that they created their own personas.  And yet they were similar enough to prior incarnations that they were still recognizable. 

The premise of the series - that something terrible has transformed the world and turned everyone but them into mindless zombies - is definitely a twist on the usual scenario where the gang unmasks the monster as a fake. 

While this reading didn't get far enough into the actual story for them to make any definitive discoveries about what is going on, it did provide enough nuance and innuendo to hint at an actual purpose and plot. Hopefully, future editions will shed more light on everything.  

I received a free eGalley copy of this title from NetGalley 
and have willingly provided an honest review.  

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