SCOOBY APOCALYPSE Redoing The Doo
released OUT NOW! Publisher dC Comics
Writers Keith Giffen, JM deMatteis Artists Howard Porter, dale eaglesham “Modern” and “edgy” aren’t words you would normally use to describe Hanna-Barbera cartoons like The Flintstones, Wacky Races and Scooby-Doo, but that hasn’t stopped DC Comics with its new wave of relaunches, the most attention-grabbing of which is Scooby Apocalypse.
Featuring character redesigns from Jim Lee, this new ongoing title recasts the Scooby gang as adventurers in the near future, where a nanotech virus is transforming people into monsters. Each character also has a new backstory, with the most interesting being Shaggy’s transformation into a moustachioed hipster. Scooby himself is now an experimental cyber-enhanced canine.
These first three issues are at their best when playing into the silliness of the concept, and when writers Keith Giffen and JM DeMatteis concentrate on the gags, the offbeat approach comes close to working. Unfortunately, Scooby Apocalypse also leans heavily on violent action and weirdly out-of-place grimness, resulting in a haphazard comic that ultimately doesn’t have anywhere near enough of the original cartoon’s daffy slapstick charm. Saxon Bullock
Scooby-Doo’s name came from Frank Sinatra singing “doo-be-doo-be-doo” at the end of “Strangers In The Night”.
Not just a Shaggy dog story.