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Scooby-Doo #63

Posted: Saturday, August 17, 2002
By: Ray Tate



"Barn Stormin' Banshee"
"Kali of the Wild"

Writer: Robbie Busch; John Rozum
Artists: Anthony Williams; Joe Staton(p), Jeff Albrect; Dave Hunt(i), Paul Becton(c)
Publisher: DC

This issue would have been another perfect Scooby-Doo had Robbie Busch’s story made sense. The motive of a cleverly created ghost lacks the umph to keep the story aloft. Never the less, the Banshee is a neat update. The plane takes the place of spectral flight and makes his displacement from Scotland more believable.

Anthony Williams and Jeff Albrecht make the Banshee suitably ghoulish with a too wide grin and fire-red eyes as flight goggles. They nicely render the cast, and because the mystery involves Shaggy’s cousin, they make his appearance Shaggy-like but not his demeanor.

This chapter of The Dragon’s Eye surprises. Rakasha are traditionally guardians in Indian folklore, yet here they still serve as the Scooby occult interest. John Rozum doesn’t fall back on the idea of renegade Rakasha or something equally trite. He instead orchestrates a means to maintain Scooby tradition without insulting Indian culture.

Mr. Rozum further strengthens the cast’s characterization. Though Freddie seems to have forgotten just who saved his life last issue, the gang’s commentary about Scooby’s and Shaggy’s alleged cowardice extends beyond the mystery. The duo are once again extremely brave when they discover the ghost to be more substantial.

Joe Staton seems to be having his best time in India. The people he gives a beautiful, noble mien. He details an exotic jungle setting, ornate architecture, friendly elephants and a pleasant humorous but daring Mystery Inc.



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