Scooby Apocalypse #16

Scooby Apocalypse #15 finally revealed to us where all the zombified mutants were marching, and it wasn’t good. Scrappy-Doo discovered the army combining into a single giant monster, at which point we are promised a story called “Attack of the Giant Thingee!” (but they promised a better title). Issue #16 is instead “The Sacrifice.” I liked the other title better.

Scrappy-Doo is still watching the Giant Thingee (because I now insist on it calling it that) from a farmhouse roof, when the Scooby Gang show up following Scooby (whose canine senses have been picking up the signal controlling the mutants). Scrappy confronts the group in a surprisingly peaceable manner, but they are interrupted when the Thingee starts to stand.

I’ll skim past the details of the confrontation, and touch on the backup story. I was a little slow on the uptake with this. There a squirrel. He can talk. He can take out a black ops hit squad. In a later scene, he wears a squirrel sized trench coat. It wasn’t until the last panel that I went, “Well, duh, of course!” He’s Secret Squirrel, and he’s bad ass! I don’t know how, or if, they plan to bring him into the overall story but I look forward to more.

Overall issue #16 was pretty good. Keith Griffen and J.M. DeMatteis continue to walk us down an interesting narrative path. Ron Wagner and Andy Owens handle the art well, although there were a few panels where I was frustratingly unsure if I was looking at a dust cloud or an explosion. Although I can’t pin down WHAT, it did feel like something was missing in this issue, but it remained a great read, and gets 3.5 out of 5 for me.

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