Scooby-Doo Team-Up #40
DC Comics (September, 2018–as shown in volume 7 of the digital trade)
WRITER: Sholly Fisch
ARTIST: Dario Brizuela
COLORIST: Franco Riesco
LETTERER: Saida Temofonte
EDITOR: Kristy Quinn’
In the swamps of Florida Shaggy and the gang come to help his Uncle Chester find missing people, taken by the Voodoo Queen. (Not kidding, she just wanted to get yardwork done for free.) With so many voodoo zombies (as opposed to the brain-eating type, but convince Shaggy they’re different–PLEASE!) and the arrival of Solomon Grundy, the gang get help from Swamp Thing. Using his connection to the Green, Swampy captures Grundy and the Voodoo Queen while speeding up the effect of the herbs she used and frees everyone.
What they got right: As a kid-friendly take on Swamp Thing the story does okay. Since Swamp Thing is essentially a horror story tied to the DC Universe (which the opening captions pay tribute to) that’s not an easy task. I saw the Fox Kids cartoon and that was more of a superhero story than creepy. Interesting that, as Shaggy notes, Grundy is the only DC villain to recognize the gang after the ordeal with the Legion Of Doom.
What they got wrong: However, the story didn’t need the Scooby gag at all. What little they do was done with Uncle Chester (frankly I’m surprised they took this long to have a relative of the gang show up) so he could have done most of it on his own. I don’t know if Grundy’s origin was tied to dead plants in the New 52 the way its shown here but other than be another example of an alternate take on zombies from the typical horror fare he doesn’t do much either. And why does Swamp Thing pause so much when talking?
What I think overall: It’s a fun Swamp Thing story but not much of a Scooby-Doo tale.