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Scooby Apocalypse #1 (2016)

Photo courtesy of DC Comics.
Scooby Apocalypse takes the world of Scooby Doo and flips it upside down. The comic that began last year completely reimagines Scooby and the gang. The gang is updated for a modern audience and their origins are different from the cartoons. The comic is written by the duo of Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis. The art is provided mainly by Howard Porter with popping colors by Hi-Fi. 

There’s not much action in the first issue as the issue primarily establishes the foundation for the series and establishes the characters. Velma Dinkley is an important part of the comic as she’s a scientist who’s trying to better the world. Her character is similar to the cartoon though she’s more mysterious as she’s done a bad deed. Fred Jones and Daphne Blake are a couple who are argumentative with each other throughout the comic. Fred supports Daphne of wanting to make her mystery show work though he thinks that she should pursue a new venture in life. Shaggy happens to work for the same science complex that Velma does. He takes care of the dogs that the facility is testing on to make them become combat ready for the military. This is where Scooby is as he’s one of the dogs that have been tested on. 

The story is mainly dialogue and the meeting of all of the characters together. Velma lets the gang know that the scientists of the complex, including her, created nanites in order to make the world a more peaceful place. Velma realizes that this plan could backfire and lets the gang know that this plan should be stopped. The comic ends with an alarm going off that lets Velma know that someone has activated the nanites scattered across the globe. 

Velma is primarily dominant throughout the comic and so is Daphne. Fred isn’t the usual leader that Scooby fans are used to seeing. He’s very obedient to Daphne though he isn’t afraid to critique her. As for Scooby and Shaggy, they’re very much the same as their cartoon counterparts. They still have an infatuation with food.

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