[Editor’s note: This review may contain spoilers.]
Writers: Keith Giffen & J.M. DeMatties
Artists: Chris Batista, Rob Hunter, Marc Deering, & Howard Porter
Set a long time after the end of Scooby Apocalypse #9 this issue sees the title of this series truly come to fruition! The world has been taken over by the monsters and humanity is on its last leg. The gang have teamed up with other humans to create one last hold out, a light in the darkness of the nightmare that is reality. Humanity doesn’t have long though until the monsters close in and all hope is snuffed out. Especially with Velma at the helm of the attack!
This new direction taken by the creative team is what this series needed. Not to mention that for the first time Scooby can speak better English than most people, no more “ruh-roh” for him
The art style of penciler Chris Batista is wonderfully reminiscent of Jim Lee’s work which brings up just the right amount of nostalgia while also lending a hard edge to this apocalyptic world. Batista, Hunterm and Deering also work well together to add a unique flare to the world artistically. This is best seen in the rounded and soft looking texture of the skin on the various characters which makes the art quite distinct from Lee’s as well.
The artistic style and look for Velma in her role as Queen of Monsters certainly fits the motif but it certainly doesn’t fit the character that is Velma. I would have expected her to be in more armor or something very tactical given her intelligence.
The ending of the issue is also in bad form, I don’t want to spoil it, but it isn’t what would have allowed the story to continue to be awesome.
This issue really took on the apocalypse that is its name sake and ran with it beautifully. The tension was great and seeing the eventual infestation of the world by monsters was awesome. We will have to see what they do about that ending though.