Saturday, 23 December 2017

Scooby-Doo Team-Up, Volume 1 Review (Sholly Fisch, Dario Brizuela)

Scooby-Doo and the gang team up with various DC characters like Batman & Robin, Wonder Woman, and the Justice League for a series of all-ages adventures in Scooby-Doo Team-Up, Volume 1. And it’s not bad! 

The Batman team-ups were the best ones, as they battle first Man-Bat and then Scooby and Ace the Bat-Hound take on the Scarecrow in the second. The Bat-Mite story was ok (there’s really only one type of Bat-Mite story and it’s the same one here) but the second half of the book featuring the Teen Titans, Wonder Woman and the Justice League weren’t as interesting. 

And that’s the thing: the stories are understandably tame and simply-plotted given that this is an all-ages book but writer Sholly Fisch doesn’t make them boring for adult readers either. He also effortlessly captures the tone and characters’ voices from both the Scooby-Doo and the Super Friends TV shows. Artist Dario Brizuela draws the book to match the Scooby-Doo cartoon’s visual style, switching it up to look like Teen Titans Go! for their issue, and his clean lines and bright colours are suitably appealing to look at.

As a fan of both Batman and Scooby-Doo, I found Scooby-Doo Team-Up, Volume 1 to be a surprisingly decent read but I also wouldn’t tell adult readers to expect too much here. It’s ideal though for DC fans with kids who want to read something with their little ones!

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