If you spend time on a lot of fan art sites, I’m sure you’ve seen the Scooby Gang reimagined as apocalypse survivors fighting their way through creatures of the night. Well, this Hanna-Barbera classic has officially gotten this reimagining under its belt now. In the new collection, Scooby Apocalypse: Volume 1, Daphne is a late night cable access reporter, Fred is her devoted lackey, Velma is a possible mad scientist, and Shaggy is…a Hipster. All that was left was for Scooby-Doo to be a failed science experiment.
After investigating a scoop for her late night Knitting Channel TV show, Velma and Fred head to a festival that is quite obviously Burning Man, but with a thinly veiled nickname to avoid copyright infringement. Their informant, Dr. Velma Dinkley, has asked them to come so that she can expose a dastardly plan to infect the human population with nannites. While created to make human beings more docile and kind, the mini bots actually are turning people into monsters. Shaggy is a dog trainer at the facility working to keep in line a group of dogs created to be soldiers. Scooby Doo is a failed experiment, as he never became a trained killer. Having pity on the dog, Shaggy runs into the group after taking him to get some sort of tofu pizza. The group is all ushered into a saferoom after alarms sound and it’s discovered the nannites are becoming active. Outside, the world becomes populated by creatures. Inside the safe zone, Velma panics. The group gathers to escape the compound and find their military grade vehicle, the Mystery Machine.
With the deepest respect, what the heck did I just read? While the concept works on a superficial level, the characters feel like they are something out of The Walking Dead. The loving jovial nature of the Hanna-Barbera cartoon is completely wiped away. If you’re not a fan of Hipster culture, you will be rolling your eyes somewhat consistently through this comic. What it does have going for it is the artwork. Pretty much every main character would be a hoot to cosplay.
While Scooby Apocalypse: Volume 1 is an interesting read, I feel like the concept plays out better on fan art boards than in comic book form.
Scooby Apocalypse: Volume 1 is available from DC Comics February 7, 2017.