Wednesday, February 26, 2020

#IReadsYou Review: SCOOBY-DOO, Where Are You? #102


STORY: Derek Fridolfs; Paul Kupperberg
PENCILS: Randy Elliot; Fabio Laguna
INKS: Randy Elliot; Fabio Laguna
COLORS: Silvana Brys; Dave Tanguay
LETTERS: Saida Temofonte; Travis Lanham
EDITORS: Jim Chadwick; Harvey Richards (reprints)
COVER: Randy Elliot with Pamela Lovas
32pp, Color, $2.99 U.S. (February 2020)

Rated “E” for “Everyone”


Welcome, dear readers, to my continuing journey through the Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? comic book series.  I renewed my subscription (for a second time) and this is the fourth issue I received from that renewal.

Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #102 opens with “Pet-Trified,” which is written by Derek Fridolfs and drawn by Randy ElliotMystery Inc.Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne, and Velma are enjoying a day of not chasing ghosts and goblins at “Coolsville Bark Park,” a park for dogs.  Unfortunately, a ghost “Siren,” a winged creature from Greek mythology, has decided to ruin his day for humans and dogs alike.  In order for Mystery Inc. to solve this case, Scooby will have to be the bait!

The second story, “Sunday in the Park with Scooby!,” is, as usual, a reprint and is written by Paul Kupperberg and drawn by Fabio Laguna.  [This story was originally published in Scooby-Doo #143 (cover date: June 2009).]  Scooby-Doo and Shaggy are enjoying a day at the park with no mysteries to solve.  But will it be that easy?  No one is chasing Scoob and Shag, but there are some rather benign mysteries that (apparently) only they can solve.

Well, it's obvious, isn't it.  Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #102 has a day-at-the-park theme.  At first, “Pet-Trified” didn't seem like much of a story, but the story's “Becky” twist-ending makes it real-world relevant.  “Sunday in the Park with Scooby!” plays out in such an unexpected way that its oddness is what makes it delightful.

Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #102 is not an exceptional issue in this series, but I like its off-beat spirit.  So, until next time, Scooby-Dooby-Doo!

[This comic book includes a preview of the original graphic novel, Superman of Smallville by Art Baltazar and Franco.]

6 out of 10

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"

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