Writer: Ivan Cohen
Art: Dario Brizuela
Colors: Franco Rieso
Letters: Saida Temofonte
Release Date: 6/8/21
Double Dog Dare:
Cohen and the art team are back at it again with a new issue of the Batman and Scooby-Doo Mysteries with issue number 3. In the latest issue, we are back in Gotham to witness a dog show, pretzels, and of course, Ace the Bat-Hound! While reading this issue, I came across a few gold nuggets that once more solidified why I love both Batman and the Mystery Gang. Let’s return to a more upbeat version of Gotham and see what our detectives are up to now!
Batman and Robin go together like peanut butter and jelly. Scooby and Shaggy go together like…Scooby and Shaggy at a buffet. In this issue, we are witnesses to a few new team-ups! While Fred and Velma are away on a mystery, Shaggy, Scooby, and Daphne are back in Gotham City. As the trio splits up, Daphne and Shaggy handle one mystery, while Scooby and The Caped Crusader handle another. I kind of laughed at myself that I cared so much about certain characters and their counterparts. We rarely if ever) see Shaggy and Scooby separated. I found it even odder that Batman chose Scooby over Ace. I guess divide and conquer truly works in certain scenarios!
Honestly, while reading the Batman and Scooby-Doo Mysteries #3, I was not expecting to pick up this little thread, however, Batman and Scooby have two very unique styles of sleuthing (duh). Batman and co are very focused on bringing down the enemy. Scooby and the Gang are more whimsical and lighthearted. This may be because of the stark differences in the cases that the two teams have. The stakes are normally higher with Batman (crazy gardeners, deranged clowns, and kleptomaniac women dressed in a cat costume). With this in mind, Batman has to be more focused to ensure there aren’t deaths. The Mystery Gang’s mysteries allow them to eat popcorn, spring traps, get lost, etc. I mean, when they have villains such as the Miner 49 and The Creeper, they have slightly more flexibility to accomplish the mission.
Thus far, we have witnessed various members of Batman’s Rogue Gallery interact with Mystery Inc. Batman has so many layers that you can take a former lawyer and make him want to kidnap a German Shepard because it has a double coat. It works and lends itself well to the overall narrative. With a self-contained storyline coupled with various character team-ups, this was a solid issue. Granted, I am not a fan of Two-Face per se, so I would say you could skip this issue. But I am a major fan of Scooby-Doo, so go ahead and give The Batman and Scooby-Doo Mysteries #3 a shot!