Scooby-Doo Team-Up #22
DC Comics (March, 2017; as posted to comiXology in vol. 4 of the trade)
“Nothing Is Impossible”
WRITER: Sholly Fisch
ARTIST: Dave Alvarez
COVER ART: Dario Brizuela & Franco Riesco
LETTERER: Saida Temofonte
ASSISTANT EDITOR: Rob Levin
EDITOR: Kristy Quinn
The gang are attending a concert by the singing sensation The Impossibles, when Frankenstein Jr suddenly attacks the stadium. The singing Impossibles turn into their super identities The Impossibles to try to stop him but he’s even ignoring Buzz Conroy’s radar ring commands. That’s because Buzz and Frankie’s enemy the Mad Inventor has taken over the robot from the inside. The Impossibles are forced to take down Frankie, but luckily he’s able to recover to battle the Mad Inventor’s monster army.
What they got right: Frankenstein Jr And The Impossibles, as you can guess from the show title, featured both groups in their own stories, but they only showed up together during stingers to the commercial. So it’s cool to see them together in the same story. I like the nod to various Hanna-Barbera kaiju that have appeared in various shows, including the Big G himself in probably his first DC Comics cameo.
What they got wrong: Notice that nowhere in the description do I mention Scooby or the rest of the gang? That’s because they do nothing in the story except for making comments about how the Impossibles singing group and superhero group share a name and make fun of the obvious super identity thing. They don’t spend the whole story riffing on what’s going on, but they might as well just be the play-by-play announcers. Also, this is the second time I’ve seen this plot in a team-up between the two parts of the show. Is it that hard to do something other than “someone takes over Frankie and the Impossibles have to stop him” plots in a team-up?
What I think overall: Did Sholly Fisch really want to do another Hanna Barbera Presents type comic and was only allowed to do it if Scooby-Doo was involved? That’s pretty much what this comic is, though at least it isn’t the “realistic” remakes DC changed to in recent years. It’s a good showing for the guest-stars if not the main stars so on that it’s worth a look.