Warning: This post contains spoilers!
Disclaimer: The contents of this post are solely my opinion. Scooby-Doo and related characters are property of DC Comics, Hanna-Barbera Productions & Warner Bros. Entertainment.
Publisher: DC Comics
Written By: Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis
Art By: Howard Porter, Hi-Fi, Dale Eaglesam, Scott Hanna, Wellington Alves
Letters By: Nick Napolitano, Travis Lanham
Not to long ago we took a look at the Future Quest series from DC Comics Hanna-Barbera Beyond line. Today we dip our toes into the Hanna-Barbera Universe once more with a look at the first volume of Scooby: Apocalypse. So get out those Scooby Snacks and rets ro!
If I had to sum-up what Scooby Apocalypse is I would say it is what happens when you take Scooby-Doo and mix it with Ghost Busters and The Walking Dead, an odd recipe to be sure, but one that may be tastier then you would expect. The story of the book starts out with Velma Dinkley overlooking Paris, France and talking about how humans are such foolish creatures using beautiful distractions to ignore their own impending doom and that she will do her best to save the world and man from itself as she releases a mysterious glowing green dust into the air. Fast forward to one year later and we see Fred and Daphnie at a fair waiting for a mysterious informant to give her a scoop for her conspiracy theory and mystery show, meanwhile Scooby and Shaggy are walking around the fairgrounds looking for food. Underneath the fair the secret lab in which Velma works is monitoring the world above. Seeing that Shaggy has taken Scooby out of the lab without authorization they ask Velma what should be done and she says to allow them to have their fun as she casually meets to sneak off to meet up with Fred & Daphne. Once she reaches the surface she is knocked out by Fred who mistakes her for a mole man and this causes Scooby’s cybernetic implants to receive a signal that Velma is in danger and he and Shaggy rush over to help her. Once the misunderstanding is cleared up Velma takes the now all together gang to her safe room in the underground lab and explains that a group of scientists had spread nanites across the world in a hope of altering human DNA to make them less violent and more passive in hopes of attaining world peace, however the four scientists in charge became corrupt themselves and decided they wanted to control mankind instead and altered the plan, this caused Velma to act and try to alert the public through Daphnie. While in the safe room however there is a glitch in the system and the nannie virus activates, but instead of turning people into pacifists it turns them into monsters. This is where the Ghost Busters & Walking Dead survival elements kick in as the gang is attacked by all kinds of nefarious nanite creations from demons to vampires and more. The volume ends with the reveal of this version of Scrappy Doo which, sadly like in the live action film seems to be a villain in this incarnation as well.
Overall the story of Scooby Apocalypse is an odd yet interesting read, constantly straddling the line between genuinely good and flat out ridiculous or pointlessly over the top. In terms of art the quality varies from issue to issue but overall can feel a bit too late 90’s/very early 00’s at times which can both help and harm it depending. It also doesn’t help the facial expressions just seem weird or off a lot of the time. But at the end of the day none of these things are so bad that it makes the book completely unenjoyable, though I do hope they are improved upon in the future.
In closing, Scooby Apocalypse is an interesting alternate take on the mythos of the characters, but will most likely appeal to Walking Dead, Horror and hard core Scooby-Doo fans over other types of comic book readers.
Story: 7 out of 10
Art: 5 out of 10
Overall: 6 out of 10