Scooby-Doo Team-Up #12
DC Comics (November, 2015, as reprinted in the comiXology version of the volume 2 trade)
WRITER: Sholly Fisch
ARTIST: Dario Brizuela
COLORIST: Franco Riesco
LETTERER: Saida Temofonte
EDITOR: Kristy Quinn (according to comics.org)
The gang thinks Batman has called them to Gotham City again but it turns out to be Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy. Ever since they stole a supposedly cursed ruby they haven’t been able to successfully commit a crime. Then a ghost shows up demanding the jewel back, but it turns out to be Catwoman. Then ANOTHER ghost shows up demanding the jewel but this time it’s Batgirl, who gets help from the gang in stopping the criminals.
I’m seeing a pattern with this series in that the gang really doesn’t need to be here. At times the fake ghosts are an afterthought or an excuse to get the gang here while at others we still aren’t given a mystery to solve. The best attempt here is that Daphne noticed the second ghost has the same color gloves as Batgirl. They could have used Wendy, Marvin, and Wonderdog and I don’t think anyone would have noticed that much.
That said, the reason I continue to review this when I’ve opted to ignore the other DC Scooby comics for awhile is that these stories are full-length and thus given time to at least be good. If my theory that Fisch just wanted an excuse to play with other DC and Hanna-Barbera characters (and thanks to Super Friends/Super Powers Team and the Batman & Robin team-ups in The New Scooby-Doo Movies, which gets a nice mention here, you could make the case that it’s still HB territory though I would argue otherwise) at least he understands those worlds and seems to be having fun writing them. It’s just the Scooby-Doo related stuff he’s failing on. This is the last story in volume 2 and I’m curious what volume 3 has in store. That was also released for free on comiXology during the promotional event.
Overall if you’re looking for good Scooby stories this isn’t it. If you want a fun anthology featuring Warner owned characters who aren’t part of the Looney Tunes group (at least not yet) then you may still enjoy this.