Scooby-Doo Team-Up #39
DC Comics (August, 2018–as reprinted in volume 7 of the digital comiXology trade)
“Victory Through Scare Power”
WRITER: Sholly Fisch
ARTIST: Dario Brizuela
COLORIST: Franco Riesco
LETTERER: Saida Temofonte
EDITOR: Kristy Quinn
While visiting Washington, DC, the gang watches the opening of a time capsule, only it releases evil spirits into the world. To learn the secret of the box, our sleuths are sent back in time by Doctor Fate to the days of World War II and the Justice Society Of America. Vandal Savage is using Pandora’s Box to release the spirits and cause chaos, thus demoralizing the US. The two teams split up to stop the spirits in individual threats before they all meet up at DC in those times. There Velma figures out the enemy’s real target and figure out how to capture the spirits, foiling Vandal in the past and the spirits in the present.
What they got right: This is actually a pretty good way to show kids (this is for kids, right? with modern DC who can tell?) what we did stateside during the war. We see women working in the shipyards, war bonds, and the scrapyard as three of the targets the spirits and Savage’s Nazi spy pals go after. We also get to see the Justice Society in action, including the retconned Hippolyta as Wonder Woman, who gets to help in the fight for women’s equality. We also meet Black Canary’s mom and Ma Hunkle, the Red Tornado of the Golden Age, make a cameo.
What they got wrong: Okay, I know this was done for a reason, and you want to see the heroes promoting racial equality in a story (presumably) meant for kids when the Hitler Youth advocate is trying to cause racial tension, but historically that’s not all that accurate. I mean, we all wish it was and I guess it’s one way to bring up the Hitler Youths but someone’s going to call that out, as well as Hippolyta referring to the way women were treated and thought back then as “quaint”. Anyone not reading the next panel or seeing Wildcat at the end showing he’s learning would probably call for Fisch’s head on Twitter these days. Luckily I did read more than one panel but when has that stopped the rage addicts these days?
What I think overall: This is was a really good story, weird as it is to see Fred, Daphne, and the others join in the fight against the Nazi spy ring. Give this one a look.