Art: Dario Brizuela
Colors: Franco Riesco
Letters: Saida Temofonte
Release Date: 5/11/21
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Monsters on Parade:
The Batman and Scooby-Doo Mysteries is slowly becoming one of my favorite DC Comics of 2021. Issue #4 of the Batman and Scooby-Doo Mysteries by Sholly Fisch finally introduces us to Nightwing and Batgirl. Coupled with a classic Batman villain (the Black Mask) this was easily one of my favorite issues. With the Mystery Gang taking the mask off of every bad guy (and civilian) in town, what is not to love with this issue?
*Disclaimer* Mild spoilers follow!
The Perfect Entry into Batman:
As I was reading this issue, it dawned upon me that this is the perfect starting point for any young reader to jump into the Batman Mythos. Now what’s missing is the grittiness and darkness that goes hand and hand with your average Batman comic, but for a young kid (say 5 or 6) that is perfect. Thus far, the Batman and Scooby-Doo Mysteries have provided the perfect balance of fun and camp while still spotlighting various villains from the Batman Universe (the Joker and Two-Face for example). This is perfect to slowly introduce the Dark Knight appropriately to minors. Great job on this!
And the Villain Is:
The Batman and Scooby-Doo Mysteries #4 by Sholly Fisch served as the perfect magnifying glass on the Mystery Gang. We all know by now, that they love to yank masks off of villains every chance that they can get (“JEEPERS! IT’S THE CREEPER!”). Normally, we do not question this process (it’s Scooby-Doo!). But what happens when they are hunting a villain in the middle of a mask parade? This leads to several funny moments with Fred snatching the masks off of various civilians. It is a force of habit for him. This is one of those character flaws that we have grown used to over the years (like Batman dressing up as a bat to beat up clowns and quizmasters). When it is amplified x10, it causes one to take a step back and laugh at the ridiculousness of it! Stop taking people’s masks off Fred!
Yes. Just yes. I would 100% recommend reading the Batman and Scooby-Doo Mysteries #4 by Sholly Fisch. The writing is this issue is top-notch and we are finally introduced to Nightwing and Batgirl. The style of the Bat-Family seems to be that of the Bruce Timm Universe and that is another pro for this story. If you have yet to check it out, do so at your earliest convenience! You will not be disappointed!