Tuesday, December 8, 2020

#IReadsYou Review: SCOOBY-DOO, Where Are You? #106


STORY: Sholly Fisch; Earl Kress
PENCILS: Randy Elliot; John Delaney
INKS: Randy Elliot; Terry Beatty
COLORS: Silvana Brys; Paul Becton
LETTERS: Saida Temofonte; Tom Orzechowski
EDITORS: Courtney Jordan; Joan Hilty (reprint)
COVER: Randy Elliot with Silvana Brys
32pp, Color, $2.99 U.S. (December 2020)

Ages 8+

“Trick of the Light”

Welcome, dear readers, to my continuing journey through the Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? comic book series, which began publication in 2010.  I renewed my subscription (for a second time), and this is the eighth issue of my third subscription run that I have received.

Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #106 opens with “Trick of the Light,” which is written by Sholly Fisch and drawn by Randy ElliotMystery Inc.Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne, and Velma are at “The Museum of Holographic Art,” enjoying an exhibition of the holographic art of Randy Narwhal.  The museum's curator, Chris Marks, has called on Mystery Inc. because a ghost is haunting the museum.  She informs the gang that there are indeed a few people who could be behind the museum's troubles, but is she telling the whole story?

The second story, “Hear No Evil,” is, as usual, a reprint and is written by Earl Kress and drawn by John Delaney and Terry Beatty.  [This story was originally published in Scooby-Doo #62 (cover date: September 2002).]  Mystery Inc. arrives at the mansion of billionaire, J. Paul Hughes, having been called there by his daughter, Laura Hughes.  It seems she wants the gang to find her missing mother, Melissa Hughes, whom Paul claims he can still hear talking to him.  Dealing with invisible people, disembodied voices, and secret passages, however, is making Scooby and Shaggy jump to conclusions.  Banished to the kitchen, can the cowardly duo find the real answers behind this mystery?

“Trick of the Light” is an unusual story, and that is what I look for in new Scooby-Doo comic book stories.  It has a nice twist in the solving of it.  My favorite story this issue is the reprint story, “Hear No Evil.”  It is a nice spin on the haunted house story, and I think it would make an excellent plot for the Scooby-Doo! straight-to-DVD film series that has been running for 22 years.

I also like that “Hear No Evil's” art team of John Delaney and Terry Beatty, gives the Scooby-Doo characters a different look.  I like it when a comic book artist uses his own drawing style to make the characters look slightly different from the classic visual style of the first Scooby-Doo animated television series, “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!” (1969-1970).

So, I recommend Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #106 to fans of Scooby-Doo haunted house stories.  And until next time, Scooby-Dooby-Doo!

7 out of 10

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

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