Scooby-Doo Team-Up #15
DC Comics (May, 2016; as appearing in the comiXology version of the third volume trade)
“The Ghost Of Gorilla City”
WRITER: Sholly Fisch
ARTIST: Dario Brizuela
COLORIST: Franco Riesco
LETTERER: Saida Temofonte
ASSISTANT EDITOR: David Piña
EDITOR: Kristy Quinn
The gang is hanging out with the Flash (because they do that now…still makes more sense than Wendy, Marvin, and Wonderdog given the previous issues) when he receives a telepathic call from Solovar because a ghost gorilla is causing havoc in Gorilla City. Even Grodd is being stalked by the specter. (Not to be confused with The Spectre. That was a few issues ago.) Our heroes work together to expose the criminal gorilla behind this and stop his plans.
What they got right: There’s an actual clue in the story. I missed it because by now I’ve given up a DC Scooby-Doo story allowing us to do any detective work but there actually is one. The story itself is fun and not burying us in Flash lore (there is one obligatory Easter egg) and just lets the Flash do his thing. Even the running gag doesn’t overstay its welcome.
What they got wrong: Grodd loses a bit of his menace in this art style. He just doesn’t look nearly as threatening and the apes do look a lot a like. I’m also getting tired of the obsession with crooked land developers. There were other crimes being perpetrated in this franchise that led to them using fake haunts and aliens to scare people away. Thieves, revenge-seekers, counterfeiters, treasure hunters…how about acknowledging a few of them some time? Heck, some of the direct-to-video movies involved people seeking items of great power and you’re playing with the DC universe and Hanna-Barbera’s action titles. Diversify your villain schemes!
Recommendation: Another fun issue that I wish were signs of improvement in how DC approaches Scooby mysteries but I’m not counting on it. At least it’s a good story and the gang don’t feel shoehorned in. Give it a read.