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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Scooby Doo Apocalypse #1 | End of the World

06.08.2016 – Scooby Doo is a classic animated franchise originally introduced in 1969 as “Scooby Doo Where Are You?” The series spawned several iterations of the series and was adapted in to live action films in the early 2000s. It’s a story about four teenagers and their weird talking dog solving mysteries.

They are more like the Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys with more geared toward the younger audience. Early this year DC Comics announced that they plan to reboot the beloved classic along with Jonny Quest, Space Ghost, Wacky Races and other Hanna-Barbera contemporaries with a fresh perspective. “Future Quest #1” was met with success that made the characters of Space Ghost, Birdman and the Galaxy Trio, Jonny Quest, and Herculiods exist in a single universe.

But with “Scooby Doo Apocalypse” this one certainly was definitely made a major overhaul change in the characters as well as their origins. From teenagers and their dog taking on solving mysteries they’ve become four different individuals. It’s based on the concept by DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee, which explains major change for each character...

Having Velma Dinkley becoming a well known scientist; Daphne Blake and Fred Jones are struggling TV journalists of a struggling conspiracy-themed show, Norville “Shaggy” Rogers is a hipster, and Scooby Doo is an emoji-spewing genetically enhance dog.

There’s a saying if it’s broken no need to fix it, where the characters are different from their cartoon counterparts. Probably long time fans might say that this comicbook ruined their childhood. The idea of an overly complicated premise is already difficult to comprehend as the way it was conceptualize.

You’ve got two great writers in Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis that delves into the origins of these characters. Howard Porter art is great but it doesn’t make any sense how you see it the way you’re used to seeing the classic characters. HI-FI provided the colors that retain the vivid look, but its light years from the way you’ve been used to seeing when these characters go solve some mystery.

A tattooed muscular Fred Jones is already strange what more of a petite Velma Dinkley that appears more of a kid than a world renowned scientist? Reading through pages trying to comprehend the concept that Jim Lee envisioned is already challenging as how the origins of these re-imagined characters would be fully accepted by readers familiar with the classics. There’s not much humor in this one just straight up save the world from the apocalypse. The cover is surely impressive but the characters and how the narrative was written is certainly a ‘the end of the world’ kind of idea.

Overall it would have been great if they stick to the classics with minor upgrade to the character’s appearance and made less of difficult to comprehend what their adventures would be. The cover art by Jim Lee is great, but the content leaves some the difficult of having to get past the idea that it would be an early end of this world for the series that had trouble to begin with.


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