Writers: Sholly Fisch
Art: Randy Elliot
Colors: Silvana Brys
Letters: Saida Temofonte
Release Date: 5/11/21
How can a team-up between the world’s best detectives make it past issue number 2? Well, that question was floating around my head as I read Sholly Fisch’s Batman and Scooby-Doo Mysteries #2. How do you all think I enjoyed it? Well, stay tuned and find out!
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1 + 1 = Harmony
So, in this issue, we are with the Gang and the Dynamic Duo as they are trying to stop the Harlequinn of Hate, the Joker. This is a classic premise for a great Batman adventure. Now that I think about it, this is also a great premise for a solid Scooby-Doo mystery (sans the Joker for any of Scooby’s “monsters”). The highlight of this particular story is the Mystery Gang. They add a consistent level of curiosity that serves as the perfect inverse to the Dynamic Duo. As I continued to read this issue, it became more and more apparent that Fisch was able to meet the two universes together in a beautiful way.
The Batman Universe and Scooby Universe are similar along the lines of they both solve crimes and are detectives. Where they deviate, is the overall tone. Batman deals with murders etc, while Scooby and the Gang are constantly up to their ears with phantoms, witches, and chocolate malts. The story can be viewed in three parts. Part 1: Batman and Robin, Part 2: Scooby and the Gang, and Part 3: A combination of both. Fisch was able to find some of the best versions of the characters, and again, mold them to work in tandem with each other. This issue was true comic book harmony.
The Joke is in Details:
Elliot did an amazing job on the art. As the mega team was in the Batcave, we can see various trophies and other Bat-Artifacts from Batman’s past exploits (i.e. the Penguin’s Umbrella and a statue of Poison Ivy). Elliot is so detailed that if you take a look at the opening of the circus, the clown looks vaguely familiar (and it’s not the Joker). To understand what I am getting at, look up the Scooby-Doo, Where are you!?” episode “Bedlam in the Big Top.”
How can you not like Scooby-Doo and Batman? Thus far, this series is the perfect amalgam of the two pop culture icons. I can see DC continuing to pair some of their heroes with other Warner IPs. Imagine Wonder Woman meeting Fred Flintstone of the Green Lantern chilling with the Jetsons. Heck, I can even imagine an Infinite Universe title with the Super Friends and Scooby-Doo. These are natural crossovers! The possibilities are endless. One final thing I noted, is that this issue contains a different Robin. It would be interesting to see various members of the Bat-Family make a “special appearance” throughout this 12-part series. I would 100% recommend this issue. It is honestly a fun read. And most importantly, it’s Batman and Scooby-Doo!