DC Comics (March, 2002: as posted to comiXology)
COLORIST: Paul Becton
SEPARATIONS: Digital Chameleon
ASSISTANT EDITOR: Harvey Richards
EDITOR: Joan Hilty
“The Case Of The Cinema Spirit”
WRITER: Chuck Dixon
PENCILER: Joe Staton
INKER: Mike DeCarlo
LETTERER: Sergio Garcia
“The Italian Hellion”
WRITER: Dan Abnett
PENCILER: Anthony Williams
INKER: Jeff Albrecht
LETTERER: Jenna Garcia
Daphne wins an auction for an old make-up case of a famed silent movie actor whose movies long since disappeared. But how is the case haunted by the actor’s ghost when the actor’s alive? Except he isn’t…is he? This one keeps the ghost vague but unfortunately doesn’t give us a mystery we can solve. The final clue is one we aren’t aware of. I also don’t know why (no spoilers) the one woman didn’t expose who really died. Overall it was a good story but this is Scooby-Doo and we get very few good mysteries out of this series.
Just like our second story. The gang goes to Venice, Italy for vacation (and so Shaggy and Scooby can attend a gelato festival), but a ghostly gondolier is scaring any couple in the canals. There isn’t even an attempt at a mystery but again it’s a good story with some fun moment. Dang it, I expect a mystery in my mystery show’s tie-in comic!
That’s the overall review, decent stories but no mystery solving in favor of regular crimefighting. It’s not really a must-own and I’m starting to think that getting all these digital issues during the Scoob! promotion was a bad idea. I’m getting repetitive here. What I might start doing is checking out some of the other series I picked up for free during the promotion and at least hope for some variety, maybe go back and forth between this series, Scooby-Doo Where Are You, and Scooby-Doo Team-Up tales I didn’t review when they first came out (I only picked up the first six issues before my income stopped coming in.) With any luck when I come back to this series I’ll actually have a mystery to solve while reading one. Someday. Maybe.