The lengths that Scooby Apocalypse goes to in establishing its setting is, to be honest, unexpected.
Giffen and DeMatteis present their world and characters with a higher dose of realism than previous incarnations, and while that doesn't mean they forget about implementing more cartoon-like elements into the story, the book doesn't shy away from death, which there's an abundance of.
In fact, one particular scene involving Daphne contained some fantastic character development for the heroine, and there are other character nuggets for Fred and Velma as well. I don't say that to be condescending or as a backhanded compliment towards the creative team, but it's certainly surprising to find so much of it in a book involving jovial characters like Scooby Doo and Shaggy.
In regards to the last issue, I expressed some hit and miss reactions to Howard Porter's Pencils, but highlighted his wonderful monster work on the last page. In issue two he gets to completely let loose and delivers some delightfully creepy monsters, which bring his artistic strengths into frame.
Just like in the previous issue, the creative team mix in just enough goofiness and lightheartedness to keep things from getting too grim, and that extends to the teams notable catchphrases as well. That is until the last page, where it seemed to go overboard.
Still, Scooby Apocalypse continues to be an engaging read, and Giffen and DeMatteis are able to bring depth to these lovable characters that frankly I didn't think they had.
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
Written By: Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis
Pencilled By: Howard Porter0comments
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