[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]
Writer: Derek Fridolfs and Paul Kupperberg
Artist: Scott Jeralds
Colors: Silvana Brys and Heroic Age
Derek Fridolfs and Paul Kupperberg take Scooby-Doo and the gang to two new venues – Monster Truck Rallies and an inner city backdrop complete with a film crew and a zombies. What happens when Scooby and the gang are spectators at a local monster truck mashup? The Dangerous Diesel Dragon shows up to do more than just entertain. However, there is always a plan to flush out the villain and as always, Scooby and Shaggy are the perfect go-kart bait to get the job done. Who knew that Fred, Daphne, and Velma were expert body shop makeover artists as the Mystery Machine takes center stage to take on the Diesel Dragon.
The Night of the Undead places the gang in a town where film students are trying to get evidence as to why a super virus is turning the inhabitants into zombies, but there is more afoot than just a bad case of the Walking Dead. Velma’s detective work along with Freddy’s keen eyes place the blame where it belongs as Virus Z is nothing more than a fraternity of film students trying to make a realistic movie.
This issue puts the Saturday morning classic teen gang into more realistic current adventures. Taking a cue from the updated Scooby and his Apocalyptic adventures, the Virus Z mystery is timely with fifteen year anniversary of the inaugural Walking Dead issue. And a monster truck rally? It’s about time the Mystery Machine displayed its full potential in an ultimate Pimp My Ride classic story. As usual, Scott Jeralds does a great job in capturing the teens and updating their look just a bit to keep everyone interested. It was great to have two larger stories than three smaller ones as the writers were able to do more with the kids in each story!
No negatives as the formula for Scooby works. The venues change, the slapstick humor continues with Shaggy and Scooby and Fred, Velma, and Daphne solve the mysteries! Good Stuff!
As always, Scooby is a great buy for the nostalgic reader as well as the parent looking to introduce their kids to the Hanna Barbara simpler times of a good Saturday morning mystery!