Review: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #43
By Philip Schweier
October 24, 2018 - 09:10
This issue, the Scooby gang meets a team of super-heroes with varying powers, led by a scientist in a wheelchair. One might think it’s derivative of the X-Men, but the Doom Patrol actually pre-dates, if only by a few months. Still, they are perhaps DC’s strangest heroes, and this issue supports that. Among its members are a living street and a bodybuilder with hypnotic muscles.
I am uncertain how much was created by writer Sholly Fisch for this single outing, and trippy though it may be, I like it. It harkens back to the Silver Age when comic books knew no creative boundaries. Common sense and narrative logic were completely disregarded in favor of telling a story.
However, I’m not enamored of this issue’s artwork, as the contour lines on the Scoobies vary from panel to panel. One time it’s heavy and thick, another it’s lighter and thin. I suspect this is due to a library of stock illustrations being dropped in, and enlarged to fit. Make the figure larger, the lines that create the image get thicker. I don’t mind the cheat so much as the excessive use of it with no regard for consistency. Perhaps the solution would be to have three images – small, medium, large – available to avoid such a giveaway.
One of the things I enjoy about the title is how self-aware it is. When Mystery Inc and the Doom Patrol are confronted by the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants
, it’s not lost on them that they face Monsieur Mallah, whom they defeated last issue. Kudos for that kind attention to continuity, while not taking it so seriously.
Rating: 3 /10
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