Scooby Apocalypse #26
Written by M DeMatteis & Keith Giffen.
Guest Artist Tom Mandrake.
Letters by Travis Lanham.
Colours by Hi-Fi, John Rauch.
It’s been 6 months since the death of Fred Jones, and while life keeps going, there are people who cannot get over it.
In the six months gap, the Scooby gang (plus Daisy and Clifford) have found themselves a little sanctuary in the mall they were which they dubbed Jonestown (Fred Jones, anybody?) and in which what’s left of humanity can rest and fight for another day.
Daphne has changed, and not exactly for the better, as she keeps playing and replaying in her head the moment Fred died, and has pushed herself away from her friends, only focused on killing monsters and finding Fred’s corpse.
She’s grieving in a pretty hard and isolated way, and while it’s understandable and all, maybe they’re setting it up to be something more than that. My guess is Fred Jones hasn’t finished telling his story.
And… was it just me or Shaggy got over his crush on Daisy pretty fast and found himself a little place next to Velma? Because they were flirting and in a way so obvious it was almost too on the nose to read. “Our quarters?” “Babe?” “You keep me sane?” “I’d be lost without you?”
But, don’t worry, because if it wasn’t clear enough then the next thing we know is Shaggy confessing his… relationship(?) with one of the new guys in Jonestown and explaining how it all happened, right after Fred’s death.
Don’t get me wrong, they’ve been building this relationship since the first issue, and while I’m glad it’s happening it feels a little out of the blue, to begin with. It’s a shipper’s dream, but I wish we could’ve seen the build-up of this relationship more closely and intimately. However, as a monthly issue, I know that’s not all possible.
The art it’s always on point, edgy, colourful and mixes perfectly with the story that’s been told in the issue. It goes on balance with everything else and seems like a bit of fresh air in the way we view these characters since their creation.
One thing I’m not particularly fond of the Scooby Apocalypse overall is the fact that the characters tend to share their thoughts in the form of dialogue to themselves. They talk out loud pretty often when they’re alone to expose their most inner thoughts and feelings, something “normal human beings” don’t tend to do.
But, it’s a post-apocalypse world, so maybe that’s more common there.
All in all, we give Scooby Apocalypse a 7 out of 10 in grieving the ones we love.