DC Comics 2013
Written by Sholly Fisch
Illustrated by Dario Brizuela
Coloured by Franco Riesco
Lettered by Saida Temofonte
I love this series it’s so full of fun for everyone regardless of what age you are. This issue sees our meddling kids getting set for hijinx on the high seas. As these things often start the Mystery Inc. gang have been brought aboard a cruise ship at the request of its Captain. You really have to love the writing here, it’s so classically Scooby Doo and even when Fred interjects something smart alecky it’s really very good.
Well since the Mystery Inc gang is in the DCU they’ve taken precautions to have Aquaman travel alongside them out of sight in the Ocean. So when the ship is boarded by a gang of sea creatures and Poseidon rises from the sea it’s time to call in the King of the Seven Seas for help. Then the adventure really begins. It’s easy enough for Aquaman and the kids to chase the common crooks into the water and subdue them with the help of someone else who also came along for the ride.
It really doesn’t take long for them to subdue the human crooks but that’s when they all encounter one of Aquaman’s arch-enemies. Ah Black Manta and his furry manta goons arrive on the scene and the gang is held to a standstill until one unique thing happens. So for someone who grew up reading the long ago adventures this was absolutely delightful to see. The whole tying the Aquaman life pre-crisis and pre death of Arthur Jr. into a world that’s shared with Scooby is one of those rare things that keeps the kid in me alive. Also there’s a moment where Fred uses and exclamation and the moment is hysterical and he’s quickly told to never say that again so we’re treated to a more recent colloquialism from the recent past as well.
As things are bound to happen Black Manta is just a diversion to keep them away from Atlantis as it’s attacked. Only the city isn’t defenseless as Aqualad and Aquagirl, Tula my beloved Tula!, are there to protect the city and Vulko rallies the citizens as well. Not to mention Topo and Tusky are here too! There’s so much love and nostalgia going on here that reaffirms why this series is THE best Scooby book ever published. It ranks up there with Cartoon Networks Brave and the Bold Batman series in terms of respect for the characters, sheer fun and a nod to everything that’s ever been done before.
With a perfect Saturday Morning cartoon style interior and the respect of the characters, with might I add impeccable spot on characterization, this is one series that regardless of age that everyone should be reading. Also i’d personally love to see Warner Brothers bring back the Scooby Doo movies where they team-up with these characters as a series or just cartoon movies.