Scooby-Doo Team-Up #30
DC Comics (November, 2017; the last story in comiXology’s vol 5 trade)
“Did Someone Say Team-Up?”
WRITER: Sholly Fisch
ARTIST: Dario Brizuella
COLORIST: Franco Riesco
LETTERER: Saida Temofonte
EDITOR: Kristy Quinn
A gnome king tells FEMA that he need certain ingredients to save the world. The two agents have different ideas as to who should be called in and so both Mystery Inc and the Challengers Of The Unknown are summoned. The gang has to prove to the Challengers that they’re just as worthy as they are, as well as the other weird mystery solvers of the DC Universe called in to help. However, it turns out to be a trick by one of the Challengers’ enemies who happens to share a name with one of the Impossibles. Together the villains’ plan is foiled and the gang proves they’re just as worthy as the other teams.
What they got right: Teaming up Mystery Inc with the closest counterpart they have in DC was a brilliant idea, and other similar teams also get to make an appearance, including a nod to one particular character’s later book. The story itself is solid and there are fun moments as each cameo team pops up.
What they got wrong: I’m going to risk spoiling one team by noting Velma exposing who Mockingbird is seems a bit troublesome, and it’s not like the team couldn’t have said no to the adventures, right?
What did I think overall: This might have been the best story thus far and it’s lucky to end volume 5 of the trade on it. Worth taking a look for crossover fans. Next time I start working on volume 6 with issue #31.