Scooby-Doo! Team-Up #32 Review

Posted November 25, 2017 by Cameron McFarland in Comic Books

Written by: Sholly Fisch

Art by: Scott Eralds

Published by: DC

Scooby-Doo Team Up last month, Scooby and the gang had just helped The Atom solve a mysteriously haunted atom before restoring themselves to normal size. In a fitting pattern, the gang meets Atom Ant, a classic hero overlooked by many (but that’s not their fault; he’s very small). Quickly they realize that they are in the middle of an invasion of monsters made to threaten civilization in pursuit of ruling the world. While Atom Ant focuses his attention to the bigger threat, the gang gets to sleuthing out the source of the chaos.

Again, Scooby-Doo Team Up does what it does best by focusing on relatively simple characters and letting them behave in a predictable way. It sounds mundane, but the reality is less is more when working with established characters. There is a little bit of exposition catching up any young readers as to just who Atom Ant is, but there isn’t much to say. He’s small, but packs a big punch. Now that I think about it, he really is a great example of “less is more.”

I experienced a very acute spike of joy when I saw Atom Ant’s picture on the front cover of this issue. That iconic pose of him flexing his muscles with that non-threatening Hanna Barbera face speaks to my childhood. Heroes like Atom Ant were perfect for young audiences: purely a good example of simple morals with the added fun of supernatural powers. I don’t fault modern cartoons like Adventure Time and Avatar: The Last Airbender for being more mature and complicated stories, but kids can enjoy simple things as well and for that I thank Scooby and the creators at DC Comics for keeping these characters so well preserved.

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,