Scooby-Doo #144

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Jul 2009 | DC

Fangs, but no Fangs!
Writing: Sholly Fisch
Art: Vincent Deporter
Colour: Heroic Age
Letters: Sal Cipriano

Velma’s Monsters of the World: Aniwye
Writing: John Rozum
Art: Karen Matchette
Colour: Heroic Age
Letters: Sal Cipriano

Scooby’s Mini-Mysteries Brush With Danger
Writing: Sholly Fisch
Art: Vincent Deporter
Colour: Heroic Age
Letters: Sal Cipriano

Bat Belfry A Horror In One
Writing: Terrance Griep
Art: Vincent Deporter
Colour: Heroic Age
Letters: Sal Cipriano

The first story, Fangs, but no Fangs, the gang encounter the vampire count Hemoglobin. Can you find the clue that proves his fraud? I certainly did. This was more like a short puzzle strip, than a story, but that’s all right.

Velma’s Monsters of the World lesson for this issue is a creature I’ve never heard of. Aniwye, a giant, nocturnal skunk who hunted humans. I found it very interesting, especially how the potency of it’s spray is enough to kill those unfortunate enough to get hit by it. Did anyone ever make a monster movie about skunks, or a giant skunk? Sounds like good Saturday SyFy fodder.

The Ghost of the Duke of Earl is causing trouble for a museum in Brush With Danger. Another puzzle and I totally missed the clue this time, not even thinking to look closely, despite the first one in this book setting me up for it. And I didn’t get it when I looked back over the frames. When I read on, I felt a little foolish, but since my folks are big into those European Mysteries they show on television, I don’t feel so bad. They always figure things out, and I’m always shocked. Detective work certainly isn’t my gift.

A Horror In One, the cover story, was what I really wanted to read. I’m a big fan of mini golf, so the cover really sold it for me, and the thought of having a horror-themed mini-golf course seems really awesome to me. I’ve only ever played in courses that had the typical obstacles.

The ending really surprised me, because I had forgotten the beginning details and thought it would be more about trouble with the course, then at, so when the culprit was revealed, I had another dumb feeling.  The Golf Wolf was pretty funny, and I could see the action animated, as well as Scoob’s trick shot at the end. I really liked this story.

In this book there was also a Super Friends Super Stumped strip that I really enjoyed. I love puzzle, and these were visual representations of common phrases you have to guess. The first example they give you, was a stick of butter with wings – A butterfly. These were a fun break from Scoob.

I enjoyed this issue more than the last one I read. As I mentioned before, I love puzzles, so I was happy to exercise some brain matter, and I’m going to have to see if there are any horror themed mini golf courses anywhere and start planning a road trip. Until then, I’ll have to settle for one of the local courses and maybe some go-karting as well.

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Scooby-Doo #143

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Jun 2009 | DC

Wicked Witch of the West Wing
Writing:
Robbie Busch
Pencils: Joe Staton
Ink: Jeff Albrecht
Colour: Heroic Age
Letters: Travis Lanham

Velma’s Monsters of the World Cadborosaurus
Writing:
John Rozum
Pencils: Karen Matchette
Ink: Mike Decarlo
Colour: Heroic Age
Letters: Travis Lanham

Sunday in the Park with Scooby!
Writing:
Paul Kupperberg
Art: Fabio Laguna
Colour: Dave Tanguay
Letters: Travis Lanham

The gang have been called in by the president to solve the mystery of the witch terrorizing the white house.

I’ll get you Mister President, and your little dog, too… AHHH—HAHAHAHA!

Typical Scoob, one of my favorite cartoons from my childhood, though back then I never realized how obvious it was to tell who the bad guy(s) were. I still catch re-runs on Cartoon Network and I like some of the recent movies they’ve made. It’s nice to see they still exist and haven’t changed too much. 

This first tale was all right, just another comic buying in to the new administration, but still a typical, yet short, Scooby adventure. Though there is one thing missing in this book: “I would have done it, too, if it weren’t for you meddling kids!” That iconic line I’ll probably remember well into my next few lives. It’s understandable why it was omitted, since the bad guy was redeemed.

After this story is another short brought to us by Velma where she talks about Canada’s Cadborosaurus. This is no Monster Hunters episode with the gang, but more of an educational bit. I must admit it is interesting and is actually something worth writing on the “Everything I learned I Learned from Scooby-Doo” poster.

There’s just one thing I’m confused on. I do watch Monster Hunters and the last episode I watched dealt with Ogopogo. They had a segment on that show dealing with the baby found in the sperm whale stomach. In this book, it’s attributed to Cadborosaurus, but even the imagery looks like Ogopogo. Coincidence? Mistake? Who knows. Perhaps they are the same creature, or I missed the reference to Cadborosaurus. I still can’t help but lean to mistake since, well, it’s Monster Hunters vs. a comic book.

When did Shaggy get smart? I don’t remember him being smart. Sunday in the Park with Scooby, he’s asked by some little leaguers to help find their ball and solve a dispute whether it was safe or foul. Yeah, it’s sports, Shaggy might now sports, but he’s still Shaggy. Unless it dealt with food, it’s a bit hard to believe he can solve things by himself.

It doesn’t stop with the ball, either. A mother lost her toddler. And she asks Shaggy?  *sigh* okay, then. Still not believing it.

The missing hot dog cart? Yeah. That’s believable. Shaggy and Scoob will always find food. Who would have thought a guy would steal a hot dog stand to rob an armored car outside the bank. I’m sure there’s a few tries that’s aired on World’s Dumbest Criminals.

… And I would’ve gotten away with it, too, if not for that darn dog and his kid.

Cute, but I didn’t care much for any of these stories. This one happened to be a miss. I hope the next one I randomly pick up has a good one or two.

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