Scooby Doo is that guilty pleasure cartoon I will always enjoy. When I was young, me and a neighbor would hang out and play Scooby-Doo Mystery of the Fun Park Phantom during sleepovers. I would usually played as Velma because she was quirky and weird like me. Scooby Doo will always make me think back on my childhood and playing that addicting PC game. DC Comics happens to also own Hanna-Barbera for years and decided to release titles with the Scooby Doo characters, Flinestones and the Wacky Races. After a trip to the comic book store, I picked up the first volume of Scooby Doo Apocalypse. It’s a flawed comic book, but it’s fun.
Velma, Daphne, Shaggy, Scooby and Fred all get a makeover in this updated comic. Something awful has hit the world the gang are apart of, people are being transformed into cannibalistic creatures and food becomes scarce. Can these pesky kids uncover the reason for this atrocity!?
One flawed part about this comic is the writing. It often felt repetitive at times especially in the way Daphne and Velma interacted. In every issue was there an argument between Daphne and Velma about the cause of the epidemic. I don’t need to read about the same fight between two characters in multiple issues. Another flaw I found is in Daphne’s revamped personality. She was constantly abusive to Velma and Fred which seems so unlike her cartoon counterpart. Daphne can still be a bad ass female without punching or throwing things at other people. I hope in the future trades of this series that Daphne is improved upon and develops more as a character.
I do happen to like each character’s revamped look. Daphne may be obnoxious, but I like her purple camo look. Shaggy even looks a bit more hip along with Scooby who’s a technologically advanced super dog. Velma is the only character that didn’t really receive that treatment, but I feel her character is fine on her own.
I wasn’t expecting much from this comic, but it did surprise me on how enjoyable of a read it was. There were elements I certainly wasn’t a fan of, but it didn’t completely turn me away from this series. DC Comics made a valiant effort in creating an interesting twist on my favorite childhood cartoon.