Scooby Apocalypse #14

Scooby Apocalypse #14 has a lot of important development going on. At the end of #13, the gang is joined by Daisy, Velma’s sister-in-law, who brings an outside viewpoint to the group dynamic. We also have Scrappy Doo being promoted from backup stories into the main plotline.

Over the last few issues, a number of characters have noted that the post apocalyptic monsters have been acting oddly. As the group discusses possible reasons, Scooby tells them that he can also hear the signal that is drawing these creatures.

Scrappy Doo is also trying to figure out what is causing the zombie-like mass migration but, for some reason, doesn’t seem to hear the signal that Scooby does. Eventually, Scrappy crosses paths with Scooby, Velma, and Daphne. That encounter ends abruptly as the monster mob comes out of the trance they were in and notices the others.

Apparently, in the next issue EVERYONE DIES. (They were kidding. But maybe they weren’t.)

I love this series. There are some moments that seem out of step, but even those are are incredibly well crafted and enjoyable. Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis are weaving a wonderful web. They have managed to ride a beautiful line between a new and modern story, while acknowledging some of the camp and oddities of the original characters that has made them so loved for decades. Eventually, the current storyline will come to an end, and I hope that it does so in a way that allows the series to continue on.

Issue #14 gets another strong 4 out of 5 for me. If you haven’t checked it out, the first six issues have been collected in a TPB edition, and the following six are scheduled for the same in late September.

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