Scooby-Doo Team-Up #24
DC Comics (May, 2017, as posted in volume 4 of the comiXology trade)
“Out Of This World”
WRITER: Sholly Fisch
ARTIST: Dario Brizuela
COLORIST: Franco Riesco
LETTERER: Saida Temofonte
ASSISTANT EDITOR: Rob Levin
EDITOR: Kristy Quinn
“MARTIAN MANHUNTER” CREATORS: Joe Samachson & Joe Certa
When someone impersonates the Martian Manhunter and declares all aliens should try to conquer Earth the alien heroes not rounded up by the Persons In Plaid…okay, we all know the first complaint here…call on the gang to help them. They find the building the fake J’onn is broadcasting from and reveal him to be Professor Hugo, seeking revenge on J’onn. Meanwhile the PIPs turn out to be the usual aliens you hear about in our world but purple instead of grey.
What they got right: The art was okay. It was interesting to see them break out Starfire (and remembering she met the gang when they helped the Teen Titans) plus we get Jemm–Son Of Saturn, Starman (and of course they reference how often that name is used and even mention the other Starfire of the DC Universe), and Ultra the Multi-Alien. They do explain that the alien heroes were being rounded up for their safety and information, not arrested as our characters believe.
What they got wrong: Most of who do little to nothing in the story. Fisch really overuses J’onn’s shapeshifting, Starfire resembles the cartoon version rather than the comic version (even Robin was drawn in the comic model outside of the Teen Titans issue), and the Men In Black spoof they went with was as lame as it was obvious.
What did I think overall: This is the last story from volume four of the virtual trade and it’s a sad one to end on. The story is a concept looking for anything to resemble a plot just to exist and Shaggy and Scooby are too scared of these guys even for them. This issue just doesn’t live up to the series even when it tries to be a mystery story, which in typical DC Scooby fashion it doesn’t do well. This is not an issue to deal with but as far as the trade you’re getting this and/or the issues that make it up for the characters, not the crossovers and definitely not for the nonexistent mystery. Next time we get into volume 5 of the trade and the issues that make it up.