Scooby-Doo Team-Up #25 review

Someone is kidnapping ghosts. It’s a riddle beyond even the talents of the Phantom Stranger to solve, so he turns to the experts – Mystery Inc. Not all the team members are excited at the prospect of spooks who don’t come with rubber masks…

Soon Deadman has made the scene and the gang have found some very funky phantoms. 
As for who’s behind it all, it makes sense and takes us to a fun cliffhanger. 
This is another terrifically entertaining chapter of my favourite DC Digital series, the only regular offering from the company that acknowledges its immense heroic legacy. Just look at the breadth of characters here, hailing from not only ‘pure’ DC, but companies it’s absorbed, such as Quality. And they all fit nicely into the world of the original Scooby Gang, with body-hopping spirit Deadman especially good value. 
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I dearly wish Sholly Fisch were writing regular DCU books as well as this treat. He really gets the characters, as shown by the wonderful opening sequence. Dario Brizuela is another huge talent, turning in some of the loveliest comic art around. Under Brizuela and colourist Franco Riesco, Daphne, Fred, Velma, Shaggy and Scooby are perfectly on-model, and so are the DC guests – iconic, yet cartoony enough to blend into the candy coloured world of Hanna-Barbera. There’s not a single panel that doesn’t have me smiling broadly. Thanks, too, to Saida Temofonte for the breezy lettering, and Kristy Quinn and David Pina for the elegant edits. 
This Hallowe’en story may have missed the occasion, but I’ll take a tale that’s this much fun at any time of year. 

13 thoughts on “Scooby-Doo Team-Up #25 review

  1. Wow, now that is pretty cool to include a lot of mainly forgotten and mis-used/mis-revamped characters. Captain Triumph!? Haven't seen him since Robinson's Golden Age mini, but very cool nonetheless. I definitely echo your sentiments about Sholly Fisch. He really does seem like the type of writer the DCU and DC fans need right now. Sadly he's not in vogue with the main DCU, and with the current administration, probably won't be anytime soon. Perhaps its best that he's left alone in his own corner as I imagine he'd be screwed over something awful right now. It's sad that his talents are by and large being unadvertised, but then again only those in the know appreciate the simple but entertaining stories that can come out of animated series comics, much like Kelley Pucket and Paul Dini did for the animated batman comics back in the day.

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  2. Wow! It's not crazy enough for those three particular super heroes on the cover to be teamed up with the Scooby Gang but to have all those other treats! Someone either is a super DC fan or at least has been re-reading DC's original “Who's Who”. It's wonderful yet sad that the DCU that brings me the most joy is tucked in a tiny corner with Scooby-Doo of all places!

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  3. This book is pure unalloyed joy from start to finish. Fisch is so knowing about the tropes of Scooby-Doo, and masterful in the best points of connection with other properties. Now if only we can get a Velma/Dr. Mid-Nite team-up!

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  4. I do suspect Sholly has had a few offers from mainstream DC but enjoys his, as you say, corner – sure, licensed characters have big constraints, but they tend not to change every five minutes. And I bet DC Digital editors smooth the waters when it comes to using DCU folk.

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