Scooby-Doo! Team-Up #31

Posted October 27, 2017 by Cameron McFarland in Comic Books

Scooby-Doo Team Up scratches two very specific itches that I crave out of comic books: unnecessary crossovers and super heroes solving problems by punching people. In this issue, we find the Mystery Inc. gang in the middle of an entanglement with the Bug-Eyed Bandit, only to have the Atom sneak up and punch him in the face. Fred congratulates Atom on how good he is at punching people in the face and Atom restrains himself from face-punching just long enough to invite the gang on a microscopic adventure to get to the bottom of an atomic ghost mystery.

Frankly, the entire issue is quite charming. The colors are fun and bright, and the dialogue and exposition are all paced very smoothly in a way that anyone from childhood to adulthood can find the fun in this super hero romp.

What makes Scooby-Doo Team Up work, especially in this issue, is the same benefit that Batman: The Brave and the Bold shared. Having a well known and established character, be it Batman or Scooby, pair up with a less circulated hero adds a fun dynamic because anyone who knows Scooby off the bat knows what to expect inside the book. But, with each turn of a page we may be seeing a new generation of comic book readers asking important questions like “Who is the Atom?” and “Wait, so he’s like Antman? Oh, okay I get it.”

If I have one gripe about the book, it’s the copy and pasted visual assets. There are a couple poses of each character that were clearly drag-and-dropped into panels, and while this isn’t the most egregious of comic book sins, what hurts the visuals is when Atom has shrunk down and now has line thickness at a fraction of Fred’s hand that he’s standing on. The fact that this is my only complaint with a kid’s book says something, I think.

All in all Scooby-Doo Team Up is a very fun read that I would recommend giving a chance to anyone who grew up on Scooby Doo and holds any amount of appreciation for DC’s mighty assortment of heroes.

About the Author

Cameron McFarland

Cameron loves cartoons and bad movies almost as much as bad cartoon movies. He is also the world's best spaghetti-eater, so don't bring it up around him or he won't shut up about it. Author and Artist for world-reviled World of Warcraft fancomic,