Rating: 3.5/5 – The Mystery Machine is Parked in Front of the Hall of Justice!
by ComicSpectrum reviewer David Akers.
A comic in the tradition of Scooby-Doo’s cartoon team-ups. I’m a big fan of television comics, and Scooby-Doo and Super Friends were always two of my favorites cartoons, so you would expect that I’d love this book. And while it’s good, it’s not without its flaws for the adult reader, but it’s targeted at a young audience as part of DC’s Kids line. The Scooby-Doo gang are at the Hall of Justice with the Super Friends. They team up to defeat the Rainbow Ghosts, ghostly characters who have caused Superman to disappear. But, as is usual in a Scooby-Doo adventure, the Rainbow Ghosts aren’t what they seem.
The writing, by Sholly Fisch, is good, effectively using the tropes and style of banter from the older cartoons. The art from Dario Brizuela does a great job of capturing the look of the Scooby-Doo cartoons, but falls a bit short when it comes to the Super Friends. It still looks great, but you don’t feel like you are watching the cartoon, like you might if you were only looking at Fred and Daphne. He also does a good job “disguising” some of the characters due to events in the story. For example, Shaggy and Scooby end up in a uniform you’d never expect them to wear, but it looks natural and realistic (“comic book realistic”, at least as realistic as it can, having a dog wearing clothes).
The humor here feels a bit more juvenile and forced than it was in the early cartoons, but that’s perhaps affected by the lens of time. The story took a few liberties as far as how the Scooby Gang defeated the bad guys, with Velma using some reverse logic that would never work, and Scooby and Shaggy gaining a superpower they should never have gotten, for a silly, unrealistic reason, but hey: Kid’s Comic. Ultimately, I did have fun, and that’s really all that matters. If you ever liked the Scooby-Doo cartoons, give the book a try!