Sholly Fisch delivers a playful all-ages adventure in “Scooby-Doo Team-Up” #1 that perfectly plays to all of the wonderfully prescribed formulas of a Scooby-Doo escapade. This comic book, however, with wonderfully matched artwork from Dario Brizuela, adds in the bonus of Batman and Robin teaming up with the Mystery Gang.
For readers who grew up (or are still growing up) with Scooby and pals, Fisch even drops in a few chuckles and goofs. Shaggy and Scooby foiling the scheme and the schemers blaming the meddling interference are expected in a Scooby-Doo story and Fisch does not disappoint. A talented craftsman, Fisch is even able to work in references to the other all-ages/kid-friendly book he used to write for DC: “The All-New Batman: The Brave and the Bold,” and brings readers a concise, enjoyable done-in-one story in the pages of “Scooby-Doo Team-Up” #1.
Fisch’s writing and Brizuela’s art call to mind the voice of Olan Soule as that of Batman. The artwork is clean, crisp and colorful, like a Saturday morning cartoon recently unearthed and discovered to be in stunningly perfect condition. Brizuela does not overdo the detail in the story, giving just enough to engage and intrigue, providing texture and tone to the characters and their surroundings. When the big bad, in this case Man-Bat, does appear Brizuela gives him enough detail and depth to be scary and intimidating, but at no point does the artist pour the creepy on too thick.
Man-Bat is an “Of course!” forehead-smacker foe for the dynamic duo and the Mystery Gang to team up against, but the all-ages fun never takes itself too seriously. Instead, “Scooby-Doo Team-Up” #1 doesn’t hesitate to celebrate being a comic and even regales in the timeless appearances of the characters from their first meeting, including Robin’s shorts-centered outfit. It’s not revelatory reading, but there is no doubt kids of all ages will be hoping to see more Man-Bat and wondering why Robin is wearing shorts. Personally, I can’t wait to see what other gems Fisch and company unearth to team up with Scooby-Doo in the pages of “Scooby-Doo Team-Up” in the months ahead. This debut issue is a fun read that is sure to put a smile on the faces of every reader fortunate enough to pick it up.