Within the past 5 years DC Comics has released a multitude of books under their “Rebirth” and later their “DC Universe” line of books. With these changes, they have also introduced books based on their movie franchises. The first of those is the miniseries One of these latest books is The Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries #5. It was written by Ivan Cohen (Looney Tunes, Scooby-Doo, Where are You?). It was drawn by Randy Elliott (Scooby-Doo). The cover is a fascinating drawing of the part of the Scooby gang with Huntress and Batman, being watched over by Bane in a classic homage. It is clearly evident just from the cover that Elliott cares greatly about the source material of both properties.
As always, the review will be judging the comic based solely on the contents within the issue itself, disregarding any previous issues, and instead judging it on its own merit. Luckily, this issue lives up to any expectation one could put on it.
You would not think that a series based on the Hanna-Barbera’s Scooby-Doo franchise set in the DC Universe would be good, but it is absolutely exceptional. Some of the best series I have ever read were made in this style (Scooby-Doo Team-Up, for one). The writing in this issue is absolutely superb, reminding me of the Julius Schwartz-led Batman run in the 1960s. Honestly, this series is by far the best one currently being published by DC.
Additionally, the art on this series is just absolutely stupendous, with it reminding me of a mix between the classic Brave and the Bold series art and the Batman designs of the mid-1970s. Additionally, the Scooby gang is true to form in this series, in both art and personality.
Now for the less positive thing: the price. Four dollars for any 22-page comic is ridiculously expensive, but luckily this one is only $2.99. It is better than any other series DC has published in years, and it is 1-2 dollars less than those lesser books. If you are to only buy one comic for yourself or your children, let this be the one to do so. If you are even just thinking about trying to get into modern comics, or comics in general, pick up this series. You will fall in love with it.
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