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Scooby-Doo #97

Posted: Saturday, June 18, 2005
By: Ray Tate

"Night of the Jinkies!"
"Shell Shocked"

I'm shocked that more people don't pick up this book. Jinkies!

Writer: Ivan Velez Jr; Frank Strom
Artists: Joe Staton; Karen Matchette(p), Jeff Albrecht; Dan Davis(i), Heroic Age(c)
Publisher: DC

In the first story, the source of Velma's famous exclamation gets multiple furry faces. The mystery is a clever little piece that makes use of classic pop culture staples--sea monkeys and some actual science--always welcome.

The Gang read as perfect-pitch characterization, and a real prevalent crime can be found in the center of the story.

Joe Staton of course does his usual fantastic job when illustrating the Gang. This issue he gets the chance to show a flashback of Daphne Blake as a kid, and the incarnation naturally bears a dead-on resemblance to the young Daphne seen in A Pup Named Scooby Doo, one of the less awful spin-offs of the show. Hey, at least Scrappy wasn't in it.

"Shell-Shocked" features the always welcome return of Karen Matchette who draws a perfectly valid interpretation of the Gang without losing her own personal style. The lady also displays a flair for natural settings, where this mystery plays out, and flora and fauna.

The mystery itself once again relies on the fairplay formula of Scooby-Doo, and Frank Strom introduces some novelty in that real-estate while being the main goal of the crooks behind the creature, it is not the property that's important. Gamera would be most pleased with this story.

Sholly Fisch's puzzle won't tax too many adult fans of the book, but kids might learn some observational skills. Robert Pope and Robert Campanella have fun with the few scant pages they have to evoke all the trappings of a full story.

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