In Washington DC, Velma, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne and Scooby-Doo are at the opening of what’s presumed to be a time capsule, found at the Lincoln Memorial. They’re wary because the message on top says, in no uncertain terms, DO NOT OPEN. So of course it’s opened at a ceremony with all the trimmings. And guess what happens?
The gang are all set to tackle the mystery of the demons when an old pal shows up – Dr Fate. And he tells them that in order to beat the evil spirits they must join him… 75 years in the past. That’s where they’re introduced to a legendary fighting force.
And who else should show up but arch-foe Vandal Savage – with a familiar container…Can the world’s favourite ‘meddling kids’ help the JSA foil Savage’s plan to ensure the Nazis win the Second World War? Will they get home to 2018 and stop the demons destroying the Lincoln Memorial? Find out in this typically delightful adventure from writer Sholly Fisch, artist Dario Brizuela, colourist Franco Riesco and letterer Saida Temofonte.
The interactions between Scooby and co and the Golden Age team are huge fun, and I appreciate that Fisch follows the Forties template of splitting the JSA into teams of three for short chapters, before everyone gets together for the climax. The difference here is that it’s two JSA-ers and a member of Mystery Inc, with Shaggy, Velma and the rest all getting a nice logo to float alongside those of the senior heroes.
Interestingly, Fisch doesn’t use Diana as Wonder Woman, he plugs into the John Byrne continuity of a couple of decades ago.
If you like that sequence, you’ll love this book, as it’s choc full of amusing, insightful collisions between past and present attitudes and knowledge. While there’s gentle mickey taking of Golden Age cliches, Fisch isn’t shy of bringing up the uglier side of the home front in the Forties – he’s a master of juggling different tones. All this and a surprise JSA member.
Fisch’s dialogue is as crisp as his plotting is sharp, Brizuela and Riesco produce gorgeous, dynamic art that may have you aching for a JSA TV cartoon, and Temofonte has a fine old time with spooky fonts.
Whether you buy Scooby-Doo’s axis-annoying adventures in print form as Scooby-Doo Team-Up #39,or digitally, as chapters 77 and 78, you’ll find this one tasty Scooby-Doo snack.