Friday, May 5, 2017

Review: Scooby Apocalypse, Volume 1 (Scooby Apocalypse (Collected Editions) #1) by Keith Giffen, Jim Lee (Illustrations), Howard Porter (Illustrations), J.M. DeMatteis

Book Blurb:

Fred. Daphne. Velma. Shaggy. Scooby-Doo. Roaming the globe in their lime-green Mystery Machine, they ve solved countless crimes and debunked dozens of sketchy supernatural shenanigans.

But what if the horror was real?

Something terrible has transformed our world, turning millions of people into mindless zombie hordes. And only five people well, four people and one mangy mutt have the smarts, the skills and the sheer crazy courage to stare down doomsday.

Can these pesky kids and their canine companion using every incredible contraption in their arsenal defeat the evil that has overwhelmed planet Earth? We ve got only one thing to say about that: ZOINKS!

From comics mastermind Jim Lee and the superstar creative team of Keith Giffen (JUSTICE LEAGUE 3001), J.M. DeMatteis (JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK) and Howard Porter (JLA) comes SCOOBY APOCALYPSE, a whole new spin on the most beloved paranormal investigators in history. Get ready to give Scooby Snacks a whole new meaning! SCOOBY APOCALYPSE VOLUME 1 collects issues #1-6."

My Review:

4 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Graphic Novel, Dystopian, Supernatural, V/Movie, Zombies--

Scooby and the gang are back, but like nothing you have seen before. This a is a new modern version of how they got together, all with backstories and angst, to try and save the world from the virus outbreak that turns people into monsters. Scooby Doo like he has never been seen before.

I am absolutely in love with the illustrations in this graphic novel. The characters look like the old school Scooby gang but with some seriously awesome twists (such as cyborg Scooby and hipster bearded Shaggy). It's like a end of the world-steampunk meets high tech gadgets, and I could not have been happier. Honestly, I loved everything about how this graphic novel was visually put together. I received a digital copy for free for my honest review, but then I had to go out and purchase a physical copy because I wanted to see the images in print and not just on my computer scree. Let me tell you, this was even better in print. Regardless of the story-line, it is worth picking this up just to look at the pictures.

(See, much cooler and so awesome!)

I grew up with Scooby Doo and I love zombie/distopian stories so I knew I had to add this to my collection. The story was a very realistic, adult version of the cartoon, where each character has depth and reasoning for their personalities and behavior. yet it still meshed with what we know about the characters.The plot even included a perfectly scientific reason for why Scooby could talk, which I always wondered about. And ridiculous monsters included- I'm just waiting for the bad-guy speech. There was a back story for how Scooby and Shaggy met (which was my favorite part of the story), and then a back story for how Velma became the way she was in this story (incredibly cold but a super genius), mixed in with the main plot of the apocalypse going on in present time. I will say that this version of Daphne is super cool and incredibly independent (but I did want her to take Fred out of the friend box- I mean if not the end of the world, then when?) The reason I only gave the graphic novel 4 stars was because this volume started something, but NOTHING was resolved. The story ends in the middle of everything, a giant cliffhanger. But as a side note, Scrappy Doo was awesome and just as evil as ever.

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