Tuesday, March 28, 2023

#IReadsYou Review: SCOOBY-DOO, Where Are You? #119


STORY: Derek Fridolfs; Sholly Fisch
ART: Randy Elliot; Dave Alvarez
COLORS: Silvana Brys; Candace Schinzler-Bell
LETTERS: Saida Temofonte
EDITORS: Courtney Jordan; Aniz Ansari & Jessica Chen (reprint)
COVER: Derek Fridolfs and Silvana Brys
32pp, Color, $2.99 U.S. (February 2023)

Ages 8+

“Centaur Attention”

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? #119 opens with “Centaur Attention,” which is written by Derek Fridolfs and drawn by Randy Elliot.  The story finds Mystery Inc.Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne, and Velma arriving at the “Coolsville Equestrian Center.”  There, Daphne and her horse, Daisy, are participants in the “Coolsville Equestrian Meet.”  However, a monstrous centaur is determined to ruin the event.  Can the gang stop the creature in time to save the event?

The second story, “Knight Mare” is, as usual, a reprint story and is written by Sholly Fisch and drawn by Dave Alvarez.  [This story was originally published in Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #52 (cover date: February 2015).]  The story finds Mystery Inc. attending the “Renaissance Faire.”  Everyone is having fun until a ghost, “The Scarlet Knight,” arrives to ruin the event.  What's the story behind this ghostly knight, and will Shaggy and Scooby once again be coerced into being the bait for a trap to catch the the Scarlet Knight?

If Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #119 has a theme, it involves riding horses and ghostly villains that want to stop fun events from occurring.  Both stories, the new and the reprint, feature Scooby-Doo comics creators that are among my favorites.  That said, this is an average issue in the series, especially considering that there have been several above average issues published in the last year.  The villains are not that interesting, but both artists turn in some nicely drawn pages featuring excellent graphic design within the individual panels and overall pages.

Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #119 is a slight downgrade from issue #118.  Still, it is a Scooby-Doo comic book, Scooby-Doo fans.  So grab your “Scooby Snacks” and read issue #119 and maybe watch a Scooby-Doo movie, later.  And until next time, Scooby-Dooby-Doo!

★★½ out of 4 stars

[This comic book includes a seven-page preview of the DC Comics original graphic novel, “My Buddy, Killer Croc” by Sara Farizan and Nicoletta Baldar.]

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


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