issues of Scooby-Doo feature two stories united by a common theme of sorts. In
this issue, it’s misplaced protests. In the first story, a group of tree
huggers are pitted against a company of lumberjacks, until an evil tree spirit
this is not the typical “play fair mystery,” in which the audience is provided
the clues to solve the puzzle. Some elements are kept from the reader, shared
at the very end when one might say, “Well, if I know that…”
#2 has a small town up in arms over the bad luck brought about by a mansion
full of black cats. They are blamed for every misfortune suffered by the town’s
residents, but when Mystery Inc. fails victim to potential cat-tastrophe, it’s time to expose the real cause.
really is the stronger of the two stories, and I appreciated the artwork more.
It reminded me of the work of long-time DC artist Kurt Schaffenberger. It may have
been a bit more cartoony than most fans would appreciate, but Schaffenberger
had a very distinctive style. Roberto Barrios seems to have captured a little
of that here, and that’s no bad thing.