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In which Sholly Fisch proves once again that he has a better grasp on the characters than many "big name" writers...



We open with Scooby Doo fantasising about being Batman's sidekick, even down to the red tunic and yellow cape. Shaggy wakes him, uncertain how anyone can sleep at a meeting of....

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The Mystery Analysts of Gotham City were a group who first appeared in 1964. A sort of social club of professional criminologists and crime fighters; Batman, Robin, Commissioner Gordon, the Gotham DA (A chap by the name of Danton at the time), mystery writer Kaye Daye and a few others would get together to discuss unsolved crimes and usually work out a way to solve them by putting their collective skills together.

In this iteration we meet Kaye Daye again (I can easily imagine Daphne being a fan), Roy Raymond (The TV Detective) and Mysto (another old DC character).

This whole issue is worth it for the panel of Batman, Freddy and Dr Terence Thirteen swapping their crime solving techniques...

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It pleases me greatly that this title (Like "Brave and the Bold" shows respect for Detective Chimp and Sam Simeon (of "The Angel and the Ape") at a time when DC seems positively embarassed by such things. Also that Ace stresses he's not a pet, he's Batman's partner (Which is how he insisted on being referred to in the old "Krypto the Superdog" cartoon series)

The meeting is interrupted by a giant invading monster (as you do) and the humans present find themselves unable to stop it, but Ace and Scooby don't understand what they're on about, since there's nothing there. Batman and co don't even notice when the Scarecrow appears with his gang, checking that the fear gas he's released will keep all the crime fighters occupied whilst he and his gang loot the city. (See that other Bat writers? Not every crime has to be a murder spree)

Ace decides that since he and Scooby are the only ones unaffected, and since the humans aren't paying them any attention, it's up to them to stop the Scarecrow. Scooby WANTS to help but knows he's a chicken... Ace as other ideas...

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Criminals beware (And any dog catchers not working entirely within the law are probably wetting themselves)

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LOVE that line...

The heroes eventually realise that they're fighting an illusion when they finally realise that they're all seeing a different monster (Velma see's a giant spider, Robin an acideic sludge monster, Jason Bard (Yes, he's there too) a werewolf, and so on...

The heroic hounds find the Scarecrow and his gang looting a jewellery store and manage to delay them long enough for the combined Mystery Analysts to arrive and stop him. (And yes, Freddie does get to demonstrate the proper mask-pulling off technique to Roy Raymond)

In the end Scooby returns the Robin costume (Robin says nothing on the subject, which is perhaps for the best, but he seems to be being a good sport about it).

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Awwwww! :)

 

Date: 2014-01-18 07:21 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] alexanderlucard
I love this series. I've been getting the digital versions which come out a little earlier than the print versions and this series has so much potential. Next issue has Scooby getting his own Batmite equivalent which should be insane.

Date: 2014-01-18 10:22 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] silverzeo
I wonder if they team Scooby with Ben10, who would be who's sidekick...

Date: 2014-01-18 10:37 pm (UTC)
silverzeo: (Default)
From: [personal profile] silverzeo
Course Ben would take all the glory, talking about how lame Kyber is, which seems to happen in part 2 of anything (sad how Ma Vreedle is pretty much the only legit threat in the franchise now) baddie in the franchise now)...

Date: 2014-01-21 12:04 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] thezmage
I would think that the natural Ben 10/Scooby Doo crossover situation would be less of a team up and more of Mystery Inc repeatedly trapping different monsters only to find out, repeatedly, that they're just forms of Ben.

Date: 2014-01-18 11:30 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] lego_joker
That lightning panel... now I'm imagining Frank Miller's "The Dark Hound Returns".

"This would be a good place to be put down. But not good enough."

"Bruce was a good general. He commanded me well. But the war goes on."

"This isn't a mudhole. It's a neutering table. And I'm the vet."

I can't think of any Carrie Kelly lines at the moment to put into Scooby's mouth. Can anyone help?

Date: 2014-01-19 07:09 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] althechi
"Hope Rob don't say 'butts nasty'."

"Butts nasty."

"Shh!"

Date: 2014-01-23 01:27 pm (UTC)
lieut_kettch: (Default)
From: [personal profile] lieut_kettch
Shouldn't it be, "Rutts rasty?"
Edited Date: 2014-01-23 01:27 pm (UTC)

Date: 2014-01-20 12:18 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] leoboiko
now I want to read that…

Date: 2014-01-19 12:32 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] arbre_rieur
Were any people of color included in this collection of "the world's greatest detectives"?

Date: 2014-01-19 02:30 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jkcarrier
And that's a retcon, since he was a white guy in the old Detective Comics stories. Or maybe this is his successor? Google informs me that Mysto had a Tibetan sidekick named Sikhi, perhaps this is Sikhi's son.

Of course, that's always the problem with these easter egg/nostalgia fests -- they're drawing from an era when only white people could be protagonists. Offhand, the only detective of color I can recall from DC's "classic era" is the Native American Pow-Wow Smith.

Date: 2014-01-19 07:06 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pyynk
Exactly. Lampshaded in Scary Movie, of all places.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gfj2aiWh0ek

Date: 2014-01-19 01:37 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] razsolo
hahahaha admittedly I am really not into Scooby Doo generally, it has never been my thing...but that line about the lightning was pretty awesome :D

Also, I think that panel you mentioned with them comparing crime-fighting techniques might be Batman, Freddy and Dr Thirteen? Batman says Dr Thirteen and I can see him getting behind the Scooby Doo kids and their constant debunking of mystical thingamies.. :)

Date: 2014-01-19 07:55 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cainofdreaming
Are the other detectives named in the story? I thought that the pair to the right from... Bullock is that.... might have been the Dibnys, but the hair colour seems off for Sue. So, any clue?

Date: 2014-01-19 06:09 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cypherfdp
Probably canon.

Date: 2014-01-19 11:24 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] zapbiffpow
Oh, man, this is great! I loved Sholly Fisch's back ups on Action Comics, glad to see him writing this.

Also, I was confused by that last page. I thought Batman was holding a Robin cape that shrunk in the wash before I went, "nah, man, it's some kind of revealing cloth!"

Date: 2014-01-19 01:00 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] zapbiffpow
I actually am going to go with that Robin donation explanation, icon!

God knows Alfred's got enough to be cleaning with. Wayne Manor, the Batcave, the Batmobile, the Bat-Shower Drains...

Date: 2014-01-19 12:10 pm (UTC)
lieut_kettch: (Default)
From: [personal profile] lieut_kettch
Wait... did you say "Dog Wonder?"


Date: 2014-01-23 01:32 pm (UTC)
lieut_kettch: (Default)
From: [personal profile] lieut_kettch
Oh. My. God. Must find this episode!

Date: 2014-01-19 06:31 pm (UTC)
ficticons: Venus, from the Marvel Comic Agents of Atlas, jumping for joy. (venus yay)
From: [personal profile] ficticons
It really is 'never just you'. Dynomutt was the first per...er, dog I thought of upon reading that line, as well! :D

I wondered if it were a deliberate shout-out, though a perhaps admittedly obscure one...haven't Mystery Inc teamed up with Blue Falcon and Dog Wonder before?
Edited Date: 2014-01-19 06:32 pm (UTC)

Date: 2014-01-23 01:31 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lieut_kettch
I think there's been more than one Mystery, Inc/Blue Falcon teamup. Plus Scoobs and Dynomutt were teammates on the Scooby-Doobies team on Laff-A-Lympics (the other teams were the Yogi Bear-led Yogi Yahooies and the Dick Dastardly-led Really Rottens).

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