Saturday, March 25, 2017

Comic Book/Graphic Novel Review ~ Scooby Apocalypse, Vol. 1, by Keith Giffen

Book Information:

Series: Scooby Apocalypse
Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: DC Comics
Publish Date: February 7, 2017
ISBN-10: 1401267904
ISBN-13: 978-1401267902
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About Scooby Apocalypse, Vol. 1:

The Hanna-Barbera cartoon classic is re-imagined for a new generation in SCOOBY APOCALYPSE VOL. 1!

When the world is tossed into chaos, it's up to a group of meddling kids --Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy, and their dog, Scooby-Doo-- to solve the mystery and survive hordes of zombies! But can they save the day and cure everyone or will they become brain-eating zombies? The creatures of the night are among us, and the crew of the Mystery Machine has to fight to survive--because in the apocalyptic badlands of the near-future, the horrors are real!

Hanna-Barbera has created some of the most recognizable animated characters of all-time. As part of DC Comics' re-imagination of cartoons like Scooby-Doo, The Flintsones, Johnny Quest, Space Ghost and Wacky Racers, these new series will be infused with modern and contemporary concepts while keeping the heart and soul of the classic animation.


My Review:

Scooby Apocalypse Volume 1 contains comics 1-6. This isn't the Scooby Do and The Gang you are used to seeing. The rebirth of Scooby, Shaggy, Velma, Daphne, and Fred is darker than the originals from 1969 and later. They've also been given a hipster look. The graphic novel also doesn't have the group being one cohesive united team. Daphne and Fred are stars of a low-rated show called "Daphne Blake's Mysterious Mysteries," Velma is a scientist, Shaggy is a dog trainer, and Scooby is a science project called a Smart Dog.

Velma is part of an underground research team that hires people like Shaggy to train the science projects. Unbeknown to most, there are four scientists ready to release a mind altering plague throughout the world. In an effort to bring light to the scheme, Velma calls Daphne to discuss the plight soon to affect all mankind. Except, by the time Daphne and Fred arrive, the plague has been released but doesn't have the effect on the population that Velma has been lead to believe it would.

Now, it's up to the Gang to stick together and find out exactly what's going on before their brains become the meal du jour.

As a lover of all things Scooby Doo, I found this graphic novel to be entertaining. Scooby Apocalypse is a much different take on the group. They don't know each other which is very different from the original Scooby Doo cartoons. If you are looking for a dose of the Gang and expect it to be the meddling kids you grew up with, this isn't the comic for you. There is very little about about these guys that reflect the lovable, and clueless, kids from the original Hanna Barbera era.

The story was engaging and the artistry was great in my opinion. I'm not a die-hard comic book fan (yet, collection keeps increasing though) so I don't know the ins-and-outs of graphic novels or canon. I read them because I enjoy the story. The artists did a great job painting understandable pictures of the story being told. The update to the looks of each character was done nicely and even though they are more modern, each character is recognizable and easy to identify.

I voluntarily read an ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley.

My Rating:

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