Scooby Apocalypse #33 – JM DeMatteis, Heath Corson, Writers; Pat Olliffe, Penciller; Tom Palmer, Inker; Gus Vasquez, Backup Artist; Hi-Fi, Colorist
Ray – 7/10
Ray: I’ve got to say – I don’t think Scooby Apocalypse is a particularly good book, but it’s definitely one of the more interesting shaggy dogs in the DC line, pun intended. A weirdly ambitious sci-fi/horror hybrid that likes to upend its status quo every few issues, it threw us for another loop last issue when the seemingly-resurrected Fred Jones was killed off – by another one of Velma’s evil brothers.
But the issue doesn’t waste much time with defusing that, because Fred is apparently next-to-immortal due to the nanites in his blood. Soon enough, Daphne and the rest of the gang has both “Fred” and “Quentin Dinkley” at gunpoint and they’re taken back to the mall compound for interrogation. Quentin has also dragged along Rufus Dinkley, now a hideously scarred and brain-addled simpleton who serves as his muscle and is still obsessed with his abused ex-wife Daisy. The dysfunction isn’t letting up here.
The issue’s actually got a few good moments, such as dealing with Daisy’s trauma over the return of her tormentor, or the conversation between Scrappy and Scooby about why Scrappy worked with Quentin. The idea of these two as evolved dogs that still have dog instincts works rather well.
But the romantic rivalry between Daisy and the pregnant Velma over Shaggy is falling flat, and the ending that reveals a new Game of Thrones-inspired villain known as the Nanite King is yet another bizarre swerve from the series. It’s a little more focus and character development away from turning into something good, but this issue hints that the last act is coming.
The Atom Ant backup continues to be a gem, as Heath Corson teams the diminutive egomaniac bug with various members of the Justice League. This month it’s the Atom, as they face mutant red viruses in the Microverse. It’s the perfect nonsense storyline that fits this line’s general tone.
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