Friday, August 20, 2021

#IReadsYou Review: SCOOBY-DOO, Where Are You? #110


STORY: Sholly Fisch; Paul Kupperberg
PENCILS: Randy Elliot; Fabio Laguna
INKS: Randy Elliot; Fabio Laguna
COLORS: Silvana Brys; Heroic Age
LETTERS: Saida Temofonte; Travis Lanham
EDITORS: Courtney Jordan; Harvey Richards (reprint)
COVER: Randy Elliot with Silvana Brys
32pp, Color, $2.99 U.S. (August 2021)

Ages 8+

“Pulp Friction”

Welcome, dear readers, to my continuing journey through the Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? comic book series, which began publication in 2010.  I continue to renew my subscription so that I can continue to review this series for you, dear readers.

Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #110 opens with “Pulp Friction,” which is written by Sholly Fisch and drawn by Randy ElliotMystery Inc.Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne, and Velma arrive at “Sunshine Citrus Grove.”  They've been called there by the grove's owner, Lyman Valencia, who needs the gang to save his business from the “the ghost of Jimmy Orangepeel.”  But Shaggy and Scooby only want to enjoy the oranges, lemons, and limes.

The second story, “Over the Boardwalk,” is, as usual, a reprint story and is written by Paul Kupperberg and drawn by Fabio Laguna.  [This story was originally published as the back-up story in Scooby-Doo #155 (cover date: June 2010).]  Mystery Inc. is enjoying some time off at Coney Island.  Shaggy and Scooby are enjoying a roller coaster ride and the food.  Velma is taking the “walking tour” so that she can enjoy the history of the area.  Daphne and Fred are going to enjoy the beach.  However, an invasions of demons threatens everyone's fun.

The art team of illustrator Randy Elliot and colorist Silvana Brys make “Pulp Friction” (an awful name for this story) a fun read.  Elliot's art is both pretty and stylish, and Brys' colors are radiant in a way that conveys the verdant state of the grove.  The story is okay, but I can't help buy smile at the Johnny Appleseed riff.

“Over the Boardwalk” is nicely offbeat.  I like the idea of the Mystery Inc. kids going their own way at a particular location to do their own thing.  Like the new story, “Pulp Friction,” this reprint story has the theme of greed.  In both cases, one business owner attempts to use the supernatural to scare away another business owner, so that he can swoop in a buy the other business.  This is a theme that has been familiar throughout the half-century of the Scooby-Doo franchise.

So, I recommend Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #110 to Scooby-Doo fans.  And until next time, Scooby-Dooby-Doo!

5 out of 10

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

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