DC Comics (September, 1999)
“One Night In Roswell”
WRITER: Rurik Tyler
PENCILER: Joe Staton
INKER: Andrew Pepoy
COLORIST: Paul Becton
LETTERER: John Costanza
ASSISTANT EDITOR: Harvey Richards
EDITOR: Dana Kurtin
The gang is called to Roswell because aliens have been trying to steal a professor’s plans for a new form of propulsion. The gang quickly catches the aliens and
men agents in black come to take them away. Except they actually stole the plans themselves. The gang chases them through a gathering of Roswell fans and help find two stolen robots disguised as aliens. As the gang chases the agents they learn that the agents are also aliens in disguise just as a flying saucer snags the Mystery Machine…with the gang inside it!
What they got right: Not only do we have a full-comic length story, we have ourselves a two-parter! It’s like a comic for kids is being treated like an actual comic. The gang having a website to be contacted for help in 1999 makes sense given their evolution into full-fledged sleuths instead of just amateur sleuths who keep stumbling into these things.
What they got wrong: They haven’t completely abandoned the notion that kids read a full comic. The story is in two parts, both the length of the usual stories, each with their own subtitle and part two (presumably of three or four given that it continues next issue) has a wrap-up of part one, despite being in the same comic. I could understand if this was a digital-first series and it was broken up that way, but they didn’t have those back then. Also, we have yet another visit to Roswell, New Mexico. They already did that back in issue #2 but they act like they’ve never been there. They always go there. I think What’s New Scooby-Doo went there as well and the direct-to-video movies would later also go there. I think Be Cool, Scooby-Doo even did it. Can we please stop sending the Mystery Inc gang to Roswell? Please?
Recommendation: It’s starting out to be a different mystery and hopefully the end makes it worth checking out. We’ll know for sure at the conclusion next issue.