DC Comics (July, 2000; posted to comiXology April, 2014)
WRITER: John Rozum
PENCILER: Joe Staton
COLORIST: Paul Becton
LETTERER: John Costanza
ASSISTANT EDITOR: Harvey Richards
EDITORS: Heidi MacDonald & Joan Hilty
INKER: Dave Hunt
“The Mystery Machine Mystery”
INKER: Andrew Pepoy
A phony Mystery, Inc is using the team’s good name to commit crimes and frame innocent people. That’s basically the case but it’s a good story. What amazed me is when they go to the police and want to help find who framed them the officer believes them and goes along on the investigation. How rare is it for the heroes to actually be believed as being framed rather than immediately assuming they’d go against type and reputation so quickly? That alone made me like this story.
When the Mystery Machine finally kaputs they’re forced to buy a new one, which is just what a revenge seeking bad guy is looking forward to. This turned out better than I thought. I was expecting a story about why the Mystery Machine keeps breaking down at all those spooky places where fake monsters are on a rampage and while that sounds like an interesting premise I’m not sure how you’d pull that off believably. Instead we get a good story as the gang fights a bad guy out for revenge and it ended up being an enjoyable read.
This was a darn good issue. Give it a read if you can.