Before I start today’s review, comiXology and other DC digital comic partners (check your favorite) have released a whole bunch of Scooby-Doo comics for free. This includes later issues of the Scooby-Doo comic I’m reviewing, Scooby-Doo Where Are You, and Scooby-Doo Team-Up (I’ve already reviewed a few issues of this series when I got them in physical form). So I’ll be reviewing Scooby comics for a lot longer than I had planned. Also that will be two comics I’ll be pulling from comiXology (including the usual Saturday review) but I still have to get through the remainder of my physical comics. Like this issue.
DC Comics (September, 1998)
PENCILER: Joe Staton
INKER: Andrew Pepoy
COLORIST: Rick Taylor
LETTERER: John Costanza
I have to pull the credits from the Grand Comic Database on this one due to them trying to be funny with the editor credits.
“I’ll Take Manhattan”
WRITER: Michael Kupperman
ASSISTANT EDITOR: Chuck Kim
EDITORS: Bronwyn Taggart & Dana Kurtin
“Scooby’s Amazing Adventure”
WRITER: Chris Duffy
ASSISTANT EDITOR: Mike Brisbois
EDITOR: Brownwyn Taggart
Our main story doesn’t have the gang dealing with a werewolf in the subway but just another ghost. This is a decent mystery. It really only shows how the fake ghost is done rather than giving you clues as to who is behind it because at least partially you already know who’s behind it because it’s rather obvious, at least to me and I’m not very good at mysteries. (In fact my usual line is “I can’t even solve a Scooby-Doo mystery” for a reason.) However, it’s another ending where the fake spook actually gets a positive fate rather than going to jail. I liked it.
The back-up is kind of not that interesting. With Velma and Fred doing classwork (so I guess the gang is still in high school or at least college) Daphne, Shaggy, and Scooby take on a haunted mansion in Europe only for Scooby to get lost in a maze garden. It’s not much of a mystery, I’m not sure the villain deserves jail since it’s his own land, and….
Can anybody actually solve this maze? Because I’m convinced they screwed up and Scooby somehow ended up in the middle of a maze that has no openings to said middle. It’s not a good mystery, but Daphne finds a unique way to get Shaggy to go into the maze to chase out the monster.
Overall it’s worth it for the main story and the back-up you might as well read while you have it.