SCOOBY-DOO! TEAM-UP #16 (DC Comics)
- W: Sholly Fisch
- A: Dario Brizuela
In this issue of Scooby-Doo! Team-Up, the gang are summoned to Fawcett City to help find the miraculous Marvel Family who have gone missing, and only Mr. Mind and his Monster Society of Evil could be to blame!!
The story begins with Tawky Tawny and Uncle Marvel filling Mystery Inc. in on the disappearance of Captain Marvel, Mary Marvel, and Captain Marvel Junior. They are told that they were the best chance at finding the Marvels since their area of expertise is finding monsters. With the Monster Society of Evil undoubtedly behind their capture, they are the perfect match for the job.
With “Simply Marvellous” Sholly Fisch has written a genuinely enjoyable pairing between these two groups of characters and uses them in a scenario that doesn’t strain one’s suspension of disbelief too badly. Unlike the Flintstones or the Jetsons crossovers I think the Marvel Family are particularly well-suited to teaming up with Mystery Incorporated as they’ve always had more of a cartoony element to their adventures while still keeping one foot firmly planted in the DCU proper. The Scooby characters have occasionally stepped outside of their element in The New Scooby-Doo Movies to accommodate their guest-stars, but I’ve always felt that it somehow dilutes their appeal and effectiveness.
Thankfully, Fisch does a good job of balancing what each group of characters need in servicing the story. The super-hero elements are all in there with the villains capturing the heroes and having magic words, talking tigers, and super powers, and the idea of having the gang come in because they’re adept at finding monsters was a clever way to get these characters together. The logic isn’t really sound (just because the Monster Society has monster in their name), and the mystery solving isn’t that complicated, but that doesn’t really matter here. It’s a light playful romp with some gags, some action, and an opportunity to give readers the chance to see Velma and Shaggy with thri own super powers when the wizard Shazam gives them their own magic words (Jinkies and Zoinks for anyone not paying attention).
My only disappointments with the book were small (and, no, Mr. Mind wasn’t one of them). Dario Brizuela is a competent artist and does a good job of portraying these characters but the lack of backgrounds started to get to me after a while. It’s a common comic book convention but when you already have such oversimplified figures in the frame it just feels a lot emptier than it should. Also, it would have been nice to see the guest stars drawn in more of a Scooby-Doo style like in those old New Scooby-Doo Movies. The soft, rounded look the heroes and villains was just a touch out of sync with the look of Mystery Incorporated and I think more consistency would have helped tie things together better visually.
DC’s all-ages Scooby-Doo fare is rarely challenging but it’s often fun and that’s what Scooby-Doo Team-Up #16 is. A playful romp with clever set-up, fun execution, and an enjoyable read overall.