By: Sholly Fisch (Writer), Dario Brizuela (Artist), Franco Riesco (Color Artist), Saida Temofonte (Letterer)

The Story:
Teen mystery solvers? Meet teen crime fighters.

The Review: If you are the kind of fan who loves it when DC takes advantage of the inherent FUN in its properties, then I will be pointing out the obvious when I say OF COURSE the Scooby gang should meet up with the Teen Titans. What a natural set-up!

When “Teen Titans Go!” thinks the Titans Tower is haunted, who else are they going to call? This comic takes full advantage of the concept behind “Scooby-Doo Team-Up” and hits all the beats you would want. These teams fit very well together– the zaniness of Cyborg/Beast Boy matched with Shaggy/Scooby. The straight-laced Robin and Velma. The … purple palette of Raven and Daphne?

I would have hoped for a *little* more boundary-pushing in presentation and plot, because I think even younger readers can understand a “sophisticated” story. I mean, I’m not asking for Alan Moore here (please, not here!) but there isn’t even a little attempt to hide the main “antagonists.” Still, there are bits for the older readers, too, such as a comment about how Robin and Shaggy’s voices used to sound so similar (since we all know them as voiced by the inimitable Casey Kasem during the 70s.) Similarly, the last page features the shadow of a villain that will delight Titans fans, and makes sense for a Scooby-Doo world.

The art is nice and the characters are all on-model, but that strength is also the book’s weakness, as many times the characters are too stiff, and look like they’re lifted directly from the model sheet. The layouts and camera angles are all “safe” choices, even when the designs of the Titans Go characters allow for slightly more exaggeration, and the backgrounds are largely absent, in deliberately oversized panels (on average there are only 2-3 panels a page, formatted for a tablet) resulting in panels that feel quite empty.

But, man, that last page splash is just crying out to be made into some desktop wallpaper, though.

The Bottom Line:
If you are looking for comics that are FUN and accessible to younger kids, this comic really delivers. Fans of Scooby-Doo will find it a pleasant enough diversion, likely to produce some smiles and maybe a couple of chuckles along the way. It’s available on Comixology for $0.99 an issue.

The Grade: B

-Danny Wall

Other Tidbits:
— Casey Kasem voiced Shaggy continuously for 26 years, and over thirty years in total.
— Does Mystery, Inc. live in the Teen Titans Go world, or do the Teen Titans Go live in Scooby’s world? Either way, that’s gotta be some serious mileage on the Mystery Machine.

 

 

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