DC Comics 2013
Written by Sholly Fisch
Illustrated by Dario Brizuela
Coloured by Franco Riesco
Lettered by Saida Temofonte
I know this is pretty much targeted to kids but we’re all kids at heart and there is so much in these team-ups that appeal to longtime comics readers. This time around the gang gets to meet Zatanna and become a part of her stage show! Backstage after the kids are introduced to Mystic Mansion’s owner Mel Magnus the kids discover the real reason she wanted them here. Turns out her father is missing and she needs their help finding him. See the Justice League is off in another Galaxy right now and I gotta say the reason she called them well yeah they have a reputation in the superhero circles.
So the story gets underway for the search for Zatara by visiting those in the magical community. It’s a veritable who’s who of magic users set and for some of us seeing characters like Sargon, Ibis the Invincible, Baron Winters not to mention all the usual suspects is a dream come true. I mean this is the reason we love reading this series Sholly doesn’t shy away from the obscure characters in the slightest. Best part of that montage was the reference to a certain British guy in a rumpled trenchcoat!
As if all these guest appearances weren’t enough the way Dario and Franco deliver them like it’s all a part of the cartoon movie series is utterly delightful. I mean yeah i’m totally on board with the look, tone and feel here and it makes me wish that DC would take these issues and make an actual cartoon out of them. I mean c’mon there’s no reason kids and adults wouldn’t eat this up on tv. Seriously the way this book flows is perfectly done and the use of angles and perspective are well done.
There’s another mystery to be learned along the way as Zatanna takes them on the magical mystery tour. If you can follow the clues that are learned along the way you can follow Velma’s train of thought that leads them to Zatara, the person who captured him as well as the one responsible for well read the story and find out. I will say this much there’s a moment in this story where Scooby ends up wearing Dr. Fate’s Helmet and I so wish we’d seen Nabu use him to do a little magic of his own!
An absolutely delightful romp through the magical DC universe full of guest stars, surprise appearances and situations that will thrill the child in all of us. This is a perfect example of why the Scooby Movies and the Scooby Franchise have flourished since before I was born and that we get some of the best superhero costars around just makes this an unforgettable experience. Plus how could you not love when someone like Zatanna calls upon the gang to help her solve a mystery?
All-Ages greatness and a perfect all around 5 out of 5 stars from me!