Written by Stephen Hopkins
Our copy of Scooby Apocalypse was provided to us for review by Penguin Random House Canada.
Scooby Apocalypse Volume 1
Published by DC Comics
I always found that Scooby Doo was kind of a hard pill to swallow, like, where does the gang get their money from? Why are there so many abandoned, haunted amusement parks? Why even keep Shaggy around? He literally doesn’t do anything but be scared and eat questionable food. So when I found out about Scooby Apocalypse I just had to see where they were going with it, and zoinks did they ever go for it.
Scooby Apocalypse brings us a new origin story for the crew of the Mystery Machine and gives each member of the gang a new background to work from. Daphne is a guerrilla journalist with Freddy playing her man slave/camera man, Velma is a high ranking scientist at a giant multinational corporation, Shaggy, a bearded hipster dog trainer, and of course Scooby Doo, the failed product of a government smart dog program.
The expository issues cover all the introductions and tell us how Velma has essentially helped in bringing about the end of the world, and ends up recruiting the rest of the gang to help her stop it… Which is weird because she’s a scientist, and she picked a journalist obsessed with ratings and getting her own show, her subservient cameraman, and a hip dog trainer and his rejected science project buddy to assist her. Smort!
As things progress we see the gang get back into the swing of things as the story jumps forward into full on apocalyptic mayhem, how they went from rag tag group of random people to armoured monster combatants is a bit of a mystery but hey, there’s a talking dog that wears a saiyan scouter to send people emoji’s so… let’s not worry about logistics here. We get plenty of familiar Scooby tropes throughout the book and even a reimagined mystery machine, replacing the old psychedelic VW bus with an Armored LAV. This book is for fun people, not anyone who wants to sneer at a lack of respect for the source material.
The art is well done for the most part with everyone looking more or less like themselves and keeping to the familiar colour schemes of each character, Velma is definitely the least changed character, while Shaggy is just…. Well he’s hipster Shaggy. Hipster Shaggy might be Produce Pete’s new nickname… Scooby is handled well for the most part as well and Freddy is as forgettable as ever (in a good way).
All in all, this is a very fun read and a good use of these classic characters, the story is as sound as literally any other Scooby Doo story and it’s pretty to look at, although some panels are a little too busy for my liking. The amazing “after credits issue” included at the end of this book will definitely get a few people excited about the return of a much beloved character from the show. If you’re like me and you like Scooby Doo and apocalyptic tales, then Scooby Apocalypse might just scratch an itch for you.
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Future Quest vol. 1 Review
By: Ryan Arden
Would like to start by thanking Penguin Random House Canada for providing me with the chance to read Future Quest vol. 1.
Future Quest vol. 1 is a interesting and exciting introduction to the world that these classic cartoon characters exist in. I wasn’t familiar with most of the characters featured in this story. I knew who some of them were through pop-culture references and shows like Space Ghost: Coast to Coast (not the best background). Nevertheless I thought it was a fun story, and I was filled with nostalgia for the old Hanna-Barbera cartoons that I am familiar with and grew up watching on Saturday mornings like The Flintstones, The Jetsons, and Scooby Doo.
Vortexes are opening up all over the globe and bringing different times and dimensions together. While out looking for more of these vortexes for Dr. Quest, his sons Jonny and Hadji run into F.E.A.R who are also looking into these anomalies as well. With the coming of this vortex we also get introduced to Space Ghost, who appears to have been ripped away from something big. Though we only get a small glimpse of him with the other characters, we get to see something bigger might be coming. This is an exciting chapter and introduction to these characters as they come together to face impending danger.
This was a great introduction to the characters and this collection of classic universes that are being thrust together. Jeff Parker does a great job fleshing out the world in a way that won’t leave you wondering who’s who, or feeling overwhelmed with exposition and unnecessary details. The story is exciting, fun, and, easy to follow. At times it felt a little too light hearted, but the sense of danger isn’t completely lost. The storytelling is nicely complemented by the art of Evan Shaner who does a good job making this story come to life. The character designs are very clean and nostalgic.
If you were a fan of the old Hanna-Barbera cartoons, or want to start something new to jump right into, this might be a good choice for you. There’s plenty to get lost with and enjoy, especially if you have an itch for nostalgia. There are only a few moments or characters that came up just a little short for me, those being The Herculoids and The Impossibles introductions that didn’t click for me. However that didn’t take me out of the story. I would recommend Future Quest vol. 1 if any of those points hit for you. I know i’m looking forward to reading more.
By Jarrett Heale.
Thanks to @penguinrandom house Canada, I got my hands on an advance copy of DC’s Deathstroke Vol. 1: The Professional (Rebirth). I’ve always been intrigued by the character and was really looking forward to new material; the New 52 run had it’s ups and downs. The new creative team includes Christopher Priest and Carlo Pagulayan.
This story is a great in-roads to Deathstroke and his daughter the Ravager, not to mention other ties to his past. Though the plot feels a little too familiar, the incredible artwork and unpredictable twists keeps you turning pages.
Overall, as an aside (not related to this book specifically), I’ve learned that I’d had issues connecting with the character, but still enjoy the right stories. His motivation is unclear to me given that he kills for money, but already seems to have so much of it. It was nice to get a glimpse into his inner circle and see more of what makes him tick.