Skip to main content

REVIEW: 'Scooby Apocalypse' #1 by Giffen, DeMatteis, Porter, and Hi-Fi


★★★★☆ (4/5)

At first glance, Scooby Apocalypse #1 looked like a desperate attempt to update the classic animated series into a gritty modern dystopian tale. I'm glad to report while it does admittedly reference a "hipster doofus" in Shaggy, he's not, this new series honors the mystery busters while giving them relevance in the modern age. 

All the well-known characters - Daphne, Fred, Velma - are much sharper and more mature than I expected.There's some serious business at hand but the issue balances the humor you'd expect with explaining the peril not only the gang is in but the world around them. Scooby Apocalypse is more than meets the eye. 

From a concept by Jim Lee, the gang comes together through Velma's effort to expose her organization's efforts to alter humanity. Fred and Daphne are has-been reality show stars downgraded to an obscure cable channel show, Shaggy is Scooby's dog trainer and part of Velma's company to give dogs greater intellect. Despite this new premise, these beloved characters are true to their nature sans the silliness associated with the cartoon. J.M DeMatteis and Keith Giffen add layers and dimensions to the gang and give Velma a boatload of exposition to get through to. It's not Mr. Johnson in a werewolf mask anymore, there are some serious monsters on the loose this time. 

Howard Porter does some impressive world-building with great detail and realistic character designs that still retain the essence of the gang we know and love. The color schemes of the characters are traditional even though the clothing is updated but it all works even Shaggy's hipster look. I mean, he's given up the slacker/stoner appearance for a modern update that's more functional and mature but probably still smokes out sometimes. Hi-Fi infuses pages with bold bright colors that elevates the book with richness and depth.

'Scooby Apocalypse' is an unexpected joy full of smart fun that mixes nostalgia with fresh present day drama. Issue one sets the groundwork for a great adventure and with top-tier talents like Giffen, DeMatteis, Porter, and Hi-Fi behind it, they're giving Scooby and the gang the story they and fans deserve. 


Comments

  1. I was already on board with Future Quest and Wacky Racelands, I think I'll get this too.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

REVIEW: 'Redneck' #2 by Donny Cates, Lisandro Estherren, and Dee Cunniffe

'Redneck' arrived a month ago redefining the vampire genre by not giving into convention or cliché. In fact, if you've read the first two issues, the vampire angle serves more as subtext than its selling point. It's the perfect approach to this character-driven southern fried drama that simmers with tension and intrigue.

REDNECK #2 STORY: DONNY CATES
ART/COVER: LISANDRO ESTHERREN & DEE CUNNIFFE LETTERER: JOE SABINO
RELEASE DATE: MAY 24
32 PAGES | Full Color | Mature | $3.99
★★★★☆ (4/5)
The Bowman's way of life just got upended and what was once a peaceful and secluded existence is on the verge of war. The vampires of Texas keep to themselves, raise their cattle, drink its blood and sell the meat through their BBQ joint. Seems like a brilliant front to keep them in the shadows while staking out a living. All that is threatened when one of their own is killed after a night on the town. This issues fills in the holes to what might have happened and what the hell is…

PREVIEW: 'Tet' #4 by Paul Allor and Paul Tucker

We've seen Eugene's story. But during his last day's in Vietnam, he finally learns how Ha survived the war. She's always been much stronger than him; and much stronger than he's given her credit for. With all their secrets gone, Ha and Eugene must decide how to move forward.

WONDER WOMAN OF THE DAY: Fitness Model Gia Macool Embodies the Amazon Princess

The closest we'll ever get, probably, to superheroes in real life is through the great work of cosplayers. You see them at every pop culture convention from the very basic to extremely elaborate costume design. However, you don't have to be a cosplayer to enjoy dressing up as your favorite superhero from time to time. Take fitness model and entrepreneur Gia Macool for example. An accomplished fitness competitor and model, Macool is also a big fan of DC Comics' Wonder Woman. She shows her love of the iconic Amazon Princess in her fitness wear, meal prep accessories and even a full blown photo shoot in a Wonder Woman costume. 

For decades comics have featured very muscular superheroes, male and female, epitomizing the human form at its strongest. So when bodybuilders and fitness pros decide to suit up as these costumed heroes, they are the embodiment of those fictional characters in the flesh. Macool looks like she stepped out of the pages of a Wonder Woman comic with a suit …

PREVIEW: 'Project Superpowers' #1 by Rob Williams and Sergio Davila

The Project Superpowers heroes came from the past, now they have to prove their relevance in the modern world. A 21st Century threat is coming for us all. What dread secrets does The Death Defying Devil hold? The Lighthouse will rise and the Spirit of The American Flag will take on a new host. But will it be enough? Can superheroes still save the day?


Project Superpowers #1
writer: Rob Williams artist: Sergio Davila covers: Francesco Mattina (A), Ed Benes (B), John Royle (C)               Philip Tan (D), JG Jones (E) Stephen Segovia (F)               Sergio Davila (G), Philip Tan (RI-B/W)               J.G. Jones (RI-Sepia), Ed Benes (RI-Virgin)               Francesco Mattina (RI-Virgin)
FC  |  32 pages  |  $3.99  |   Teen+  












PREVIEW: 'Nancy Drew' #3 by Kelly Thompson and Jenn St-Onge

No more secrets…a dead body’s discovered, and Nancy can’t keep the mystery from her friends any longer. Will telling the truth and getting her crime-solving crew involved help crack the Bayport case, before someone else winds up dead? The modern take on the classic mystery icon continues from KELLY THOMPSON (Hawkeye, Star Wars, Rogue & Gambit) and JENN ST-ONGE (Giant Days, The Misfits)!


Nancy Drew #3
writer: Kelly Thompson  |  artist: Jenn St-Onge covers: Tula Lotay (A), Paulina Ganucheau (B), Jenn St-Onge (C),               Tula Lotay (RI-Virgin)
FC  |  32 pages  |  $3.99  |   Teen+