Scooby Apocalypse #35 – JM DeMatteis, Heath Corson, Writers; Pat Olliffe, Penciller; Tom Palmer, Inker; Gus Vasquez, Backup Artist; Hi-Fi, Colorist
Ray – 6/10
The DCU’s oddest title is coming to an end next month with its third-year finale, and its structure has often resembled its closest comparison – The Walking Dead. It constantly takes its traumatized survivors from one location to another before upending their new safety in something horrific. It happens again in Scooby Apocalypse #35 as their mall hideaway comes under assault by their final enemy – The Nanite King.
This mad silver monarch is a pretty blatant copy-paste of the Night King from Game of Thrones, except he likes to monologue. With the mall destroyed and many of the new characters killed, the Mystery Machine crew and a few others flee and are rescued by Quentin Dinkley and his allies. The issue seems to be portraying Quentin as a decent guy, but I’m skeptical – all male Dinkleys are shady so far. It’s just too fast a turn-around, plus he keeps his burn-scarred brother around as a shambling bodyguard.
The biggest problem this series has is that it seems to go around in circles. Shaggy still can’t decide between Velma and Daisy. Cliffy still has panic attacks. Despite the character proving himself dozens of times over, Daphne still refuses to accept that there’s any of Fred inside the zombie/nanite version.
Will any of this be resolved next issue? I’m skeptical because they still have to solve the major plot of the Nanite King – who wipes out the zombie hordes and then comes after Velma at the end of the issue. I’m actually going to miss this hilarious Atom Ant backup, though, as it’s exactly the kind of DC absurdity I enjoy. As Atom Ant continues to battle with silent plant Itty for membership in the League, they’re recruited by Batman to solve the mystery of who killed Robin. It’s all a put-on, of course, but that doesn’t stop Ant from taking it seriously and destroying half the Batcave in the process. More DC work by Corson, please.
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