Comic Review: The Batman and Scooby Doo Mysteries #1 (DC Comics)

DC’s all-ages comic book library expands with Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries #1, in a new 12 issue series of original team-up stories for young readers. The Dark Knight joins Scooby-Doo […]

DC’s all-ages comic book library expands with Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries #1, in a new 12 issue series of original team-up stories for young readers.

The Dark Knight joins Scooby-Doo and the sleuths of Mystery, Inc. (Shaggy, Velma, Daphne, and Fred) in this mini-series. The stories are issued in digital format first, then go into print.

This first issue is written by Ivan Cohen, with Dario Brizuela illustrating and Franco Riesco on colour. Lettering is by Saida Temofonte. Batman discovers his original purple gloves have gone missing, so the gang go traveling back in time to Batman’s Year One era to solve the case!

The story is a bit disjointed, to be honest. I’m not the most consistent Batman reader, having missed big chunks of Batman’s published history. But this story confused the heck out of me. As we magically sweep back in time to try to locate purple gloves that have gone missing from a Batman museum exhibit, we start to exhibit disorientation. We’re back to a certain year (maybe the early 40s if my math is correct) in Gotham. We’re looking for gloves. Got it. But then we are back in the present with a giant Bat Submarine, and then back to the past, feeding Scooby some treats. Back to the present! Mix and remix, until the reader is clutching their dime at the payphone, dialing “0” for the operator, wanting “heeeeellllpp” to understand the story.

We’re off to a complicated start for a ‘mystery-romp’ young reader book. Next issue, a new writer and a new adventure. Keep your purple gloves on, it could be another wild ride!

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