Writer: Sholly Fisch
Art: Dario Brizuela and Franco Riesco (colors)
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: February 14th, 2023
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The Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries #5 is interesting because Batman is relatively absent for most of the issue. Instead, the book focuses on less popular members of the bat-family, namely Batwoman, or make that Batwomen, as it features both the Kate Kane and Kathy Kane iterations of Batwoman. Fans of the classic silver age era of comics will appreciate this, as there are many homages to the Batman comics of the past. It’s also funny how the Mystery Inc. gang shows obvious confusion about the various Batgirls and Batwomen. The only downside for Scooby fans is, in this issue, Scooby and the gang are just kind of…there. They don’t really do much of anything compared to other issues. This issue focuses primarily on Batwoman.
The art in The Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries #5 is consistent with Brizuela’s usual style for this series. Some readers may be annoyed or frustrated that despite some of the villain cameos in flashbacks being modeled after the silver age designs, some feature designs from later eras such as Joker and Catwoman. Additionally, the artist put in some humor by depicting Kathy Kane Batwoman help Batman and Robin fight the Terrible Trio as the 3 heroes were referred to as the Terrific Trio.
The Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries #5 is a fun book and presents a closer look at some of the more obscure and less popular members of the bat-family. It contains references to the silver age for older readers who are maybe reading along with their kids. It has something for everyone.