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Scooby-Doo #108

Posted: Saturday, May 20, 2006
By: Ray Tate

"Two Scoobys are Better Than One"
"The Haunted Clubhouse"
"Field of Screams"

Writers: Darryl Taylor Krumholz; Scott Peterson; Scott Cunningham
Artists: Scott Neely; Vincent DePorter; Heroic Age(c)
Publisher: DC

Three Scooby Snacks offer an appetizing and filling meal for the Scooby-Doo fan. First up, Darryl Taylor Krumholz begins a story apres midi and breaks formula somewhat by pre-empting the inevitable "And I would have gotten away with it if not for you meddling kids and your dumb dog!" He has the villain make an escape, as it appears Scooby has been cloned. Believe it or not, even with the clone, Krumholz maintains the fairplay mystery tradition of Scooby-Doo. His clever solution also creates a situation that allows the fake ghost d'jour to use the formula against Mystery Inc.

This issue the artists pencil and ink. For the first story, Scott Neely turns in a palatable action-packed episode with a full range of motion more in synch with What's New Scooby-Doo? rather than the classic limited animation of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?

The second story by Scott Peterson acts more like an Afterschool Special, but the mystery while slight is also fairplay, and the Gang are in good spirits and good character as they solve the "haunting."

I always like to guess at the artist's identity before actually looking at the credits. My guess for this issue proved wrong. I could have sworn that John Delaney did this story, but I did come close. Vincent DePorter, Delaney's usual inker provides pencils and inks for sharp, familiar characters on model again to What's New Scooby-Doo. He offers comedy in the form of Velma grabbing our favorite chickens as they make a run for it and subtlety such as the look on Daphne's face when hearing Shaggy's boast.

"Field of Screams" by Scott Cunningham takes the reader back to basics. The arena here is a Little League game, and the "ghost" beautifully designed by DePorter, again pencils and inks, serves as a scarecrow to keep those meddling kids and their dog away from his criminal activities. The mystery is another fairplay slider with numerous potential suspects.

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