Scooby-Doo Team-Up #9
DC Comics (May, 2015, as appearing in comiXology’s Scooby-Doo Team Up volume 2)
“Truth, Justice, And Scooby Snacks”
WRITER: Sholly Fisch
ARTIST: Dario Brizuela
COLORIST: Franco Riesco
LETTERER: Saida Temofonte
EDITOR: Kristy Quinn
Perry’s catch phrase is “Great Caesar’s Ghost”, so imagine his annoyance when it shows up. Superman may have fought ghosts but to investigate he calls in experts, namely Mystery, Inc. They rather quickly find out it’s a prank by the Prankster, a trick to expose Superman to Red Kryptonite, which turns him into a monster this time. Hoping to get help from Supergirl, Jimmy’s signal watch brings in Krypto the Superdog while Shaggy and Scooby accidentally drink potions that once gave Lois and Jimmy superpowers. While Shaggy and the superpowered canines try to restrain Superman, Lois joins Fred and Daphne in trapping the Prankster while Jimmy and Velma find a way to keep Superman restrained until the Red-K wears off.
What they got right: It starts with a nod to that one episode of Adventures Of Superman where someone tried to trick Perry into thinking Caesar’s ghost had come after him and continues on from there. Using the Prankster for this series was actually genius and it’s nice to see he’s been remembered. Seeing Supergirl again would be nice but I’m also happy to see Krypto, and having him team with Scooby. Plus we get Silver Age super-powered Lois and Jimmy’s Elastic-Lad powers going to Scooby and Shaggy, and Jimmy’s fan club. The story is just so much fun and a good tribute to Superman history as well as Lois and Jimmy’s part in it.
What they got wrong: Of course we do have to again address the lack of mystery for the reader to solve. Is Fisch at bad at writing mysteries as I am and this is his cover?
Recommendation: Fans of classic Superman will find this story fun, which is why as one I recommend reading it. If you want a good Scooby mystery this is still not the comic for you. Curious to see if this changes next time with Jonny Quest.