Scooby and the gang are under siege! While the minutes tick by as they await the next wave of monsters, Velma does some soul-searching…which leads to some stunning revelations! You’ll never look at her the same again!
The concept of Scooby Apocalypse was met with cautious optimism and the hope that something good would truly come out of such an extreme take on such familiar characters. Unfortunately, the first few issues seemed to move at a snail’s pace, and didn’t deliver the action and storytelling necessary to truly sell people on the idea. This issue is able to make a turn in the right direction by finally delivering something the book was truly missing: heart.
Despite the fact that these characters are so well known, they needed to be reintroduced in a way which fans would be able to truly empathize and connect with them. By finally taking the time to look at Velma, a character who is responsible for the current state of the world, and showcase what led her up to her own current state really helps to finally make the connection necessary which will make the readers want to know more. Writers J.M. DeMatteis and Keith Giffen need to make sure to look at what they did in this issue and keep up with level of improvement from here on out. If they do, they may just have something truly impressive on their hands.
Taking a step away from the darker images they used for the apocalypse, the art team of Howard Porter and Wellinton Alves use a much softer tone with the flashback. Though not as detailed as some of the action scenes in the past, the focus instead becomes on character moments which are made just as effective through the art they use. A perfect example of less is more when trying to tell a story visually.
This issue showcases that the series is just getting started with its story, and those who dropped off too soon will regret not sticking around for such a fantastic issue. This is the first must read issue of this series and with any luck it won’t be the last. Now fans just have to hope the team is able to get out of the grocery story they have been in for the last three issues.