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DC Comics
Review: Scooby Apocalypse #24
By Philip Schweier

April 11, 2018 - 04:07

Publisher(s): DC Comics
Writer(s): Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis
Penciller(s): Patrick Olliffe
Inker(s): Tom Nguyen, Andy Owens
Colourist(s): Hi-Fi
Letterer(s): Travis Lanham
Cover Artist(s): Jill Thomson; Trevor Hairsine, Antoine Fabela

Mystery Inc. (+ 2) have chosen to make the Henry Hudson Mall in Albany, New York, the base of their operations in a bid to save humanity. Problem #1: the neighborhood outside is surrounded by monsters. Problem #2: the inside is a battleground for a constant war between two factions of monsters the Scoobies have dubbed “Consumerites.” But why has their been no attrition? Not only is the battle never-ending, so too is the supply of Consumerites.

The plus-two I referred two are Daisy Dinkley, Velma’s former sister-in-law (now widowed and potential love interest for Shaggy; and Cliffy, a young boy who until recently was the “pet” of Scrappy Doo, who is currently missing in action (thankfully). As annoying as Scrappy has been, Cliffy is well on his way to filling the same purpose. In this issue he’s tried to gain the attention of the others – to share an observation or discovery, I presume – only to be dismissed with a “Not now, Cliffy.” coughWESLEYCRUSHERcough!

MEANWHILE… Fred and Daphne have ventured into the bowels of the mall on a recon mission. Daphne because she’s the action reporter, and Fred because he’s in love with her. And as the cover suggests, Fred’s latest effort to win heart may just work, if the homicidal creatures inside the mall don’t kill them first.

Scooby Apocalypse is moving along at a snail’s pace the past few issues. Perhaps it’s an effort at character development, but I think I’ve had enough for now. I’m ready to see where the story is going. I’ve expected the series to be of limited duration, so I’m ready to leave this holding pattern and see some real action.

By the way, the Secret Squirrel back-up feature contains a non-surprise for anyone who has been paying attention, in case anyone cares. I sure don't.

Rating: 5/10

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