Review: Scooby-Doo! Where Are You? #100

Review: Scooby-Doo! Where Are You? #100

Scooby Doo: Where are you?

 

[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]

Writer: Jack Briglio and Sholly Fisch

Artists: Roberto Barrios, Walter Carzon and Dave Alvarez

Colors:  Heroic Age and Silvana Brys

Letters:  Travis Lanham and Saida Temofonte

 

Reviewed by: Carl Bryan

 

Summary

“Say, Who’s up to watching some reality TV tonight?” –  Fred to Scooby and the Gang

What better way to celebrate Scooby’s anniversary issue of Scooby Doo!  Where Are You? #100 than by going back to where it all began for him – dog obedience school?  But there was school alumnus even more famous than Scooby – Ring Ding Ding, canine movie star from over 70 years ago.  So why is the ghost of Ring Ding Ding haunting Scooby’s reunion?  And how is the gang going to put a phantom dog on a leash?

And what’s this?  There is a new gang in town.  Does the 100th issue mean a conclusion for Scooby and the Gang?  It’s Secrets Unlimited – a new reality series crew with Snookie Loo and her supply of Snookie Snacks?

Scooby-Doo! Where are You?

Positives

Scooby-Doo Where Are You?  has finally found a great addition to its formula. Both Poochiversity and Secrets Unlimited are pretty topical in addressing high school reunions and reality TV series.  I love the high brow humor as the gang visits sets like “What You Won’t Do!” or “Last Person Standing”.

Jack Briglio and Sholly Fisch both pen some funny stories and provide some fresh adventure for Scooby and the Gang to explore.  Considering this cartoon has been around since 1969 (ahem….fifty years), it takes great writing to make the Scooby formula fresh – both Briglio and Fisch do it!  And I love the fact that Rin Tin Tin is paid homage to as he is from 70 years ago, so kudos to them for doing their homework!

The art work is to be commended as Scooby never looked better and more familiar.  And as Secrets Unlimited provide an “update” of sorts to the formula (Shaggy versus Snaps), we still crave our “darn kids”!

This is the 100th issue.  That doesn’t happen much!  Congrats to DC for keeping Scooby alive and well for more generations!

Scooby!

Negatives

None here!  It’s the 100th issue with two solid stories that are both fun and topical.

Scooby 100

Verdict

I think it is great that DC is carrying a line for it’s junior audiences.  Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?, Scooby-Doo Team-Up, Looney Tunes  and Teen Titans Go!  It’s great as a parent to see that kids have a place to go for some fun and some challenging reading and sleuth skills.  And the artists make these characters so “traceable” that you can see how these books become the building blocks to a new age of fans, artists, and writers!

 

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Carl Bryan

Doc B is a college physical education instructor that has coached numerous sports on the rec, club, and collegiate level. He has a wonderful wife, two awesome kids, and remembers when Kryptonite came in a lot of different forms. He also has learned not to utter "Mxyzptlk" backwards!