DC Digital Scooby-Doo Team-Up #99 review

Batman and Robin, on the trail of ‘pixelated plunderer’ Mr Camera, receive an unexpected assist – but what are the kids of Mystery Inc doing in Gotham City?

It turns out that the Caped Crusader is being haunted… but not by a ghost.

Soon, Scooby-Doo is also seeing double. And triple.

So what’s going on with the Bat-Many and Scooby-Dooplegangers? The cover is a clue, but I won’t spoil any more – let’s just say that Bat-Mite and Scooby-Mite have been reading the Silver Age Legion of Super-Heroes playbook.

As usual, this is a real treat of a comic, true to the spirit of Scooby-Doo and the DC Universe alike. Writer Sholly Fisch, artist Scott Jeralds, colourist Silvana Brys and letterer Saida Temofonte have produced a wonderfully entertaining diversion, great looking and a total hoot. The appearance of versions of Batman from Elseworlds stories and elsewhere is something I never saw coming, and they’re all wonderfully well drawn by Jeralds and characterised by Fisch.

So why am I feeling flat? Because this is the first half of the final issue of Scooby-Doo Team-Up, DC’s digital first title, and the equivalent print edition. Digital issue #100 and print issue #50 bring down the curtain. The most consistently enjoyable DC comic is going away. Maybe sales are way down, perhaps the higher-ups reckon it doesn’t fit with the recent reorganisation of the publishing slate. Maybe a crooked real estate developer has taken control of DC. I don’t know, I just know that I’ll miss this book enormously and am hugely grateful to everyone involved, not least Fisch, regular artist Dario Brizuela and editor Kristy Quinn, who have all been here from the start.

Well, at least it’s going out with a bang. Fisch brings back Batman and Robin, Mystery Inc’s partners from the first-ever story, for a massively fun mystery, ‘Crisis of Infinite Scoobys’ … I won’t ruin the ending of the first half, but it’s fair to say the title is pretty fair. And it’s great that while Brizuela isn’t drawing this send-off, he’s here regardless.

If you’ve never tried this series, well, I’m jealous – you have so much goodness to enjoy as Fred, Velma, Daphne, Shaggy and Scooby meet pretty much every DC and Hanna-Barbera character you can think of. Dig in – the run of this title isn’t a Scooby snack, it’s a 50-course banquet.

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