By: Sholly Fisch (Writer), Dario Brizuela (Artist), Franco Riesco (Color Artist & Cover Artist), Saida Temofonte (Letterer)
The Moral of the Story:
If you’re going to be an irritating teenager, at least use such power with responsibility.
Continuing from last issue’s cliffhanger, this issue begins right away– with the comedic twist. Surprise! The Scooby Gang and Teen Titans will not be facing down Trigon the Terrible, but merely Myron, the Mildly Irritating. Complete with knitted pullover.
What follows is, quite literally, a comedy of humours in the sense that it’s all about how an extreme emotional type can be “irritating.” Each member of the team-up gets his/her own special moment of irritation courtesy of Myron, a wonderfully incongruous name for an Irritation Demon. I sympathize with Raven (as always), whose irritant turns out to be tickling. Some people don’t like to be touched like that, Myron.
It’s pretty much a great example of writing to the audience (kids) but it fails a bit at being more meta-textual, such as providing some genuine humor the adults can enjoy, too, as was on display last issue. The only such moment might come if you agree with Velma, who summarizes their victory by basically saying the only way to out-irritate an Irritation Demon is to use the natural talent of teenagers.
I offer the same praise and concern about the art as the previous issue– the Teen Titans show a range of poses and expressions, but the Scooby Gang are nearly all stock model poses. The layouts are chosen to be read digitally, which also means a limited number per page with large areas of negative space. Riesco does a great job at coloring all of these empty areas, including using subtle gradients and even some patterns. I like the way he used overlapping shapes of color to better frame some characters within the panel– it’s a nice subtle way to help focus the viewer and works well with such a simple and bold palette as a “cartoon” comicbook panel.
The Bottom Line:
This one’s a quick read that really just features one central joke. Yes, it played on our expectation, but as a conceit it only allows for a simple reading, which is nevertheless perfect for kids. That, plus it’s still just $0.99 on Comixology. If you are looking for good reading material for that demographic, it’s a good choice.
The Grade: B+
More Literary Analysis:
Thematically, Scooby-Doo works under an implicit premise that “adults are bad.” In this case, Myron perfectly fits that mold, as not only does he sport a very “adult-y” look in his collar, sweater vest, and ‘stache, but his villainous plot involves luxury real estate, making him yet another crooked developer.