[Editor’s note: This review may contain spoilers.]
Writers: Keith Giffen & J.M. DeMatteis
Artists: Ron Wagner & Bill Reinold
The worst part of being in a crisis isn’t the threat at hand, it’s what comes when your mind can relax and investigate. We get to think back on what happened and everything we did wrong, the horrors tend to catch up with us then.
The Gang has found themselves a nice little house in Gardnersville, Nevada. Fred finally is getting some much needed R&R, but the past few days is starting to catch up with them all. It particularly shows in Velma and Shaggy.
We also get to see what Scrappy-Doo has been up to and it isn’t pretty. Much like the trials of the characters in Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard’s The Walking Dead, the nightmarish state of his reality is transforming him into something he wasn’t meant to be. Intended or not, Scrappy is stealing the spotlight from the gang by presenting a much more complex character who is adapting to his surroundings. Worst of all he’s coming for Scoob!
The guests artists on this issue also do wonderful work. After reviewing the issue they use shading to foreshadow quite a bit and it is very subtle and effective.
The advancement of plot in this issue doesn’t quite feel right especially as it just pops up and not much investigation goes on. For a series brandishing the name of Scooby-Doo there is surprisingly little mystery solving going on. It feels as though someone has taken The Walking Dead and cut it into the middle of an episode of Scooby-Doo.
I didn’t like the issue overall but the ending of the issue with Scrappy really shows a dark and sad outcome for him and thus makes this story more worth while.