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Review: ‘Scooby Apocalypse’ #3: Slow Doomsday

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After fleeing a monster-infested underground base, Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and Scooby stumble upon a desert ghost town where they hope to catch their breath. But when night falls, they learn it’s not a ghost town after all—and the terrors that show up like to bite! Scooby Snack is about to take on a whole new meaning.

Writing

The story continues to move at a snail’s pace. This issue begins with the gang having made their way out of the compound, and leading the readers to think they have to fill in the blank themselves. Then the issue issues does a flashback and shows everything in so much detail that there’s absolutely nothing to wonder about. Just as it seems there was some more advanced movement with the plot, it remains going as slow as possible.

So far, the team has managed to get out of the compound and have a made a supply run. They barely have a grasp on the new situation (despite talking about it constantly through the entire issue) and Velma keeps mentioning The Four, the higher ups who put the entire plan into motion. At the rate they are going it will take twenty more issues just to defeat the first member of this mysterious quartet. Writer Keith Giffen and scripter J.M. Dematteris really need to take a few leaps forward and stop pacing things so slowly.

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Artwork

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It’s probably a moot point to keep pointing out the shiny, chapstick covered lips of all the characters, but it’s still frustrating to look at it in every panel. The creature designs are good enough to make up for it. Still, artist Howard Porter probably should have drawn Fred looking a bit more damaged after he survives a monster attack. A wrapped head and two bandages on the arm? He’s supposed to look like he is clinging to life not like he just slipped on some ice going to get his mail.

Conclusion

This series has so much potential but keeps dragging its feet. It’s supposed to be directed at an older audience, but it keeps telling a story that needs constant explanation. It’s as if the creators aren’t sure their readers will be able to understand what is happening. We understand, and frankly we’re a bit annoyed that it’s taking so long for more to happen.

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Anthony Wendelhttp://www.thegiganticproject.com
Anthony is a geek through and through who still looks forward to new releases, sneak peaks, Giant Monsters, and robots of all shapes and sizes. He loves animation of all shapes and sizes. He has a distinct apprehension for trolling and clips shows. His books, The Handbook for Surviving A Giant Monster Attack and Santa Claus Conquers Manos: The Hands of Fate are available on Amazon.