Scooby-Doo Team-Up #38 – Sholly Fisch, Writer; Walter Carzon, Penciller; Horacio Ottolini, Inker; Silvana Brys, Colorist
Rating: Ray – 7.5/10
WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW
Scooby-Doo Team-Up dives back into the Hanna-Barbera vaults for one of their deeper cuts yet – the obscure superhero characters Blue Falcon and Dyno-Mutt. Blue Falcon is a Batman-esque superhero, while Dyno-Mutt is his cyber-dog partner in crime who spends more time messing up than helping. It’s a fun set-up for a story – but that’s not where the story picks up.
Blue Falcon’s been acting differently lately – dealing out ruthless justice to criminals instead of hanging them from a flagpole, and speaking only in intimidating captions. It’s a clever send-up of the dark age of superhero comics, clearly evoking the work of Frank Miller. And Dyno-Mutt is unnerved by his buddy’s dark turn, to say the least, so he calls on the Mystery Machine to help him figure out if Blue Falcon is possessed.
The issue gets a lot of fun out of the similarities between Scooby and Dyno-Mutt, especially once the new, grittier Blue Falcon fires his sidekick. Where the issue flags a tiny bit is in the second half, as it’s revealed who’s behind the change in Blue Falcon’s mindset, and the issue becomes a parade of obscure villains. That’s always the drawback of the Hanna-Barbera-focused issues – some of these characters haven’t had a real focus longer than most of us have been alive, and as such the reveals sometimes lack real impact. Still, the banter is a lot of fun, and this comic is a great tribute to old-school superhero cartoons. For those who like Dyno-Mutt after sampling the character here, he’s getting a bigger spotlight when he teams up with the Super-Sons in the upcoming DC/Hanna-Barbera specials next week. Fun issue, although the title is usually at its best when focusing on DC characters and that pattern doesn’t change.
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