DC Comics (June, 2001; posted to comiXology October, 2014)
COLORIST: Paul Becton
LETTERER: Ryan Cline
ASSISTANT EDITOR: Harvey Richards
EDITOR: Joan Hilty
“Bats What I’m Afraid Of”
WRITER: Brett Lewis
PENCILER: Joe Staton
INKER: Dave Hunt
WRITER: Scott Cunningham
ARTIST: Karen Machette
SEPARATIONS: Digital Chameleon
In our first mystery the gang stop in a mining town being overrun by bats. No monsters this time and it’s open to debate on the topic of suspects but they solving angle is actually intact and the story fits into the space nicely. This is one of the better stories.
Story two has the gang called in to deal with the ghost of a heavy metal star causing trouble at his old recording studio for the boy band recording there. Outside of taking a shot at modern music (which always make it seem like the writer’s one of those “things were better in my day” old men) the mystery isn’t too bad. The “ghost’s” reason for what he’s doing is actually positive, though I don’t know if what the villain was doing is illegal necessarily. Immoral and unprofessional but not illegal, or else Milli Vanilli would have done jail time for it. (Yeah, that’s a minor spoiler.)
Overall this was a pretty good issue, which played with the Scooby formula without ruining it. Worth checking out.