In my old school concepts badly in need of a revamp Scooby Doo did not top the list.
The old premise of a gang of adventurers solving mysteries worked just fine for me and didn’t require updates for millennials. Yet for a number of reasons Scooby Apocalypse works really well as a fun update to a beloved classic.
As part of a larger reimagining of classic Hanna Barbera properties, the Scooby Doo old school fans is vastly different. Daphne is a reality TV mystery seeker who’s constantly belittling her lovelorn cameraman Fred.
Velma is an informant looking to expose her shadowy employers. Scooby Doo is a smart dog prototype with tech that allows Shaggy to see what he’s thinking beyond the one or two word sentences. Thankfully Shaggy and Scooby Doo still have enormous appetites so the important characteristics remain.
For longtime comic fans, the creative team of J.M. DeMatteis and Keith Giffen might be enough of a lure to at least initially pique interest. The revered collaborators of Justice League International bring their flair for snappy and authentic dialogue to the forefront.
It doesn’t take them long to establish personalities and character interplay, which remains one of their core strengths. And naturally, there’s some funny exchanges as well.
JLA artist Howard Porter is on board and Jim Lee provided the covers and concept designs without a high collar in sight.
For the most part the designs have a nice nostalgic meets modern aesthetic although Fred and Daphne just look like they’re wearing the exact same outfit with different colors.
Porter’s art style might not be as flashy as some of his peers, but it’s always been reliably consistent. His sense of storytelling has evolved over the years and he was a great choice for the title.
The only problem (?) was Porter’s take on Scooby Doo, which was far more realistic than the vague breed we’re used to seeing. Here, there’s no mistaking Scooby Doo is a Great Dane. Porter’s take on Shaggy is a more refined than Lee’s version, which made him look overly buffoonish.
For a book I didn’t envision being all that necessary, I’m curious to see this mystery unfold. This is a fun revamp that will hook old and new fans alike provided they’re willing to give it a chance.
Image Credits: DC Entertainment