"Scooby Apocalypse #3" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by DC Comics
Written by Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis
Illustrated by Howard Porter
Colored by Hi-Fi
2016, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on July 20th, 2016
Scooby Doo and the gang have narrowly escaped The Complex, where a nanovirus was released turning the local population into horrifying monsters. They have no clear plan aside from surviving, which is becoming increasingly difficult, as these creatures really want to tear them apart. The stakes are a bit higher this time around, as one of them is injured in battle, putting a somber tone on the overall issue.
In many ways, this chapter is practically the same as the previous one. They encounter a few new creatures while walking around. A fight ensues, which they barely run away from. They're nowhere closer to solving this monster problem or figuring out what to do next. The ending of this issue is almost exactly the same as issue #2 as well.
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As with last time, Daphne is the stand out character. She's the most developed and the most interesting by far. The others fill in stereotypes from your average horror movie. Shaggy's the hipster stoner. Velma is the nerd. Fred is the strong man. Scooby's the talking dog. Daphne takes matters into her own hands and blows away some of these beasts. She has trouble coming to grips with this, as these creatures were once human. What if they can cure this disease? If that's the case, she just flat out murdered someone. You witness her go through PTSD within these pages. This is something I don't see often in zombie stories. Most of the time people are either too scared to do anything or jump in guns blazing.
I thought Howard Porter had already impressed me with the variety of monsters he packed into Scooby Apocalypse. He continued to do so here. Picture every mutated creature from comics, from Killer Croc to Solomon Grundy to the Beast. Put them all into a big mixing pot and see what comes out. That's barely scraping the surface of what Porter has contributed to this book. The one with no eyes and a giant mouth filled with sharp teeth is probably my favorite.
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Parts of this issue are told in flashback. Those panels have a rough, dark outline around them to differentiate from the present day. It's a nice effect, especially since the scenes in the past are filled with action and tension as the Scooby Gang flees for their lives.
I'm still not sure what to think of Scooby Apocalypse. We're three issues in and the story hasn't progressed all that far, all things considered. It seems to just reinforce what we already know over and over again. It's a noble effort but ultimately falls flat, with the exception of Howard Porter's excellent artwork. Aside from one gratuitous upskirt shot on Velma, he's the engine that's keeping this comic going.