Through my 27 years on this planet Scooby Doo and the gang have always been around. Early on it was the badly American animated TV show (don’t get me wrong I loved me some Scooby Doo but I recall a couple of times seeing a head backwards on a character or two). In this day and age there are much better produced cartoons, all kinds of team up movies and even some comic books. One thing I know for sure is that this is a group of characters that seem like they will be able to survive through many generations or kids and adults. This is where DC Comics along with Jim Lee come in, giving us a modern adult take on the classic characters in “Scooby Apocalypse”.
The first issue focuses on introducing the characters as well as the plot. Velma has been working on a secret project with a group of scientist that plan to release nanites into the world to weed out the negatives in human nature. But the reality is that they are trying to pacify humanity, a revelation that Velma claims she knew nothing about. She calls upon the help of Daphne and Fred who has a television show called “Daphne Blake’s Mysterious Mysteries” which at the moment isn’t doing so well. Velma plans on revealing the whole operation to Daphne so she can report it on her show. Meanwhile Shaggy, is a dog trainer that is working on a smart dog program (which is the cover for the work Velma and the scientists are doing underneath with the nanites). Of course one of the dogs is none other than Scooby who has been deemed too nice and friendly as well as not that bright for the program. But Shaggy has a soft spot for him and protects him. Velma’s plan to reveal to the world what is really going on coincidently brings the classic group together. By the end of the issue, although they have been together a few minutes, they find themselves in an “apocalyptic” world of trouble.
I was very skeptical about this book because I didn’t know how far off the characters were going to be changed. By the end of the ready I was satisfied with the characters backgrounds especially Daphne’s. Who for most of versions of Scooby Doo always hasn’t seemed very interesting. Also I really liked that fact that they gave Shaggy a reason for being so good with Scooby, not just that it happens to be his dog. Velma’s character did make me a bit uncomfortable as I feel like she is hiding something from the group and she did come off as someone who though she was superior then the rest. But even with a good start like this, for me it’s going to come down to how the characters interact as a group to solve mysteries. Although I love they wacky Scooby Doo characters, it’s nice to get a different take on them. It’s going to be a few issues until I can really give my final verdict on whether or not I like them or not. The book is complimented with good artwork by Howard Porter and as always bright vibrant colors from Hi-Fi. The one thing that kind of bugged me was Fred’s blocky face not sure why.
Overall it as a decent book that has potential. Like I said it’s going to come down to how the group works together as well as the type of mystery they have to solve. The real question is at the end will the villain say “and I would have got away with it if it wasn’t for these meddling kids!”?