[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]
Writer: John Rozum, Derek Fridolfs
Artist: Randy Elliott, Cameron Stewart
Colors: Paul Becton, Pamela Lovas
Letters: Tom Orzechowski. John Costanza
Reviewed by: Carl Bryan
This lighter side of the Scooby-Doo comics contains two stories that have all of the standard Saturday morning hi-jinks we expect from the Scooby-Doo series.
“Striking Terror” – It’s Friday night, and Scooby and the gang are ready for some bowling at their favorite hangout! When the Skulldugger’s rampage clears the alley, Mystery Inc. stays behind to investigate. Can the gang flush out the culprit in time to spare the house? Or will it be game over for Coolsville Bowling Alley?
“Witch Pitch” – What better place for superstition to take place than a baseball field. Combine that with a Wtich passing out curses on players, Scooby and the gang have quite the afternoon at the ball park! Take me out to the ball game….take me out to the “haunted” crowd.
In each story, you get the components of a great Scooby-Doo episode – the mystery set up, the comic escapades of Scooby and Shaggy and “I would have gotten away with it if it wasn’t for you annoying kids!”.
Striking Terror let’s Scooby and the gang take on the sport of bowling. What I love is that this comic introduces a new lesson or sport or subject for young readers. While it is fun to solve the mystery, it also evokes questions that kids can ask their parents about bowling or any other back story provided.
“Witch Pitch” takes on superstitions in baseball and sports psychology. What a great way to introduce sports performance and the power of positive thinking as well as the lore of baseball.
No real negatives as this is a wonderful comic for young readers that follows a solid formula for years. No surprises, but also not anything that will detract the reader from enjoying Scooby and the Gang!
Scooby-Doo comics are a great way to teach kids critical thinking skills as well after you see the evidence, and they pick who is the culprit. As a parent you should sit with your son or daughter and simply read a copy of Scooby-Doo! Where Are You?