Scooby Apocalypse transcends the campy nature of the original characters and creates a fresh and fun take on the Scooby gang. It is, to bring it into the modern lexicon, Scooby Doo facing off against the Walking Dead. Only instead of just zombies, we have mutated monsters that border on the demonic. We have mad scientists and government weapons gone awry. And yes, we have those meddling kids, only older and not the friends we once knew them to be.
Down on their luck reporter, Daphne and her cameraman Fred, stumble on the story of a lifetime. A government experiment gone awry. With the socially inept but brilliant scientist Velma cluing them in, they are in the wrong place at the wrong time. As the scientific experiments go wrong the entire compound becomes infected and all those inside are turned into monsters. Animal trainer Shaggy and his faithful dog, Scooby-Doo join the team as they escape from the compound but find that the mutations were not kept to the compound alone, but have escaped to the outside world.
Now it is up to Scooby and the gang, to stop these monsters and save the world.
These re-imagining of the characters and their adventures takes a decidedly dark turn with brilliant results. The artwork is terrific and there is a really good story behind it all. Each of the Scooby gang has their origin story told and while heartbreaking, Velma’s is especially well done. A prodigy whose life is shadowed by her own insecurities. Daphne’s ambition and Fred’s blind love for her drive this duo and Shaggy and Scooby are just trying to survive.
This book is fun. For those of us who grew up with Scooby and the Gang, this is sort of the dark nightmare version we always imagined on the Saturday mornings. What if, for once, the monsters weren’t fake and what if Fred finally made his move on Daphne and what if Velma didn’t really have it all together and what if there was more to Shaggy and Scooby than eating?
What if someone wrote a kick ass comic that was mature and well plotted and then got some of the best artwork to back it up?
Then this is the book you would have. A terrific read!