Inc. attends a detective convention, where they are faced two immediate
problems: how to blend in (a solution I greatly appreciate), and who stole the
memorabilia (a solution I find far less satisfying). I found the mystery
featured in this particular story rather weak, and the secondary characters
seemed to have been inserted into the story with little cause. I got the
impression somebody won a contest, and this story was constructed around them
to fulfill an obligation.
person hosting the mystery convention is depicted as Asian, suggesting an idea
to me. In the early 1970s, Scooby-Doo’s success led to a number of imitators:
the Amazing Chan and the
Chan Clan, Wheelie and the Chopper Bunch, and the Funky Phantom. I’d love to see the Scoobies meet up with their Hanna-Barbera
siblings, but perhaps that’s an idea for another comic book.
to the Edgar Allan Poe reference in the first story, we are treated to a
four-page interpretation of Poe’s The
Raven, brought to you by Norville “Shaggy” Rogers. This is followed by what
may be a story in which the Scoobie’s investigate a mysterious witch doctor
terorrorizing a surfing competition. A date of 2009 in a banner in the
background suggest the story might be a re-run.
don’t mind re-runs so much. They were a staple of Saturday mornings when I was
a child, and it’s very likely anyone who read Scooby-Doo in 2009 isn’t reading
it now. I just wish the DC Comics production department had the sense to make
that adjustment 9 years later. No biggie that they didn’t, but it makes me
wonder how much they’re paying attention. I know I’m picking nits, and it doesn’t
take away form my enjoyment of the story, however minimal it may be.