DC Comics (February, 2001; posted to comiXology August, 2014)
By the way it appears the free Scooby comic promotion is over with. If you want to read along now you’ll have to pay a whopping 99¢ to do so.
WRITER: Joe Edkin
COLORIST: Paul Becton
LETTERER: Ryan Cline
ASSISTANT EDITOR: Harvey Richards
EDITOR: Joan Hilty
PENCILER: Joe Staton
INKER: Dave Hunt
PENCILER: Erik Doescher
INKER: Mike DeCarlo
The director of a ballet company decides that instead of the traditional Nutcracker Suite they’ll do a ballet based on A Christmas Carol, which draws out a ghostly nutcracker demanding it get changed back. While the limited time still hurts the story overall Edkin does try to get a proper Scooby mystery, with clues to solve, suspects, and the usual Shaggy & Scooby hi-jinks and even Freddy’s trap working, but not in the way originally planned. I liked this one.
In the second story Shaggy and Scooby hope to claim second prize in a contest to design a new mascot. (Second prize is food.) However, not everyone is happy about a redesign and that includes the ghost of the original design. It’s basically the same review as the first one; not enough time to really flesh it out but Edkin tries to get the clues and suspects in. No trap this time but overall a decent story.
While I’m still not sold on two stories per issue this issue made better use of the limitations than most of the others. Worth looking into.