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Big House Brouhaha
Big House Brouhaha
Information
Publisher DC Comics
Release date September 2001
Part of Scooby-Doo! #50
Pages 22
Writer Dan Slott
Pencils Joe Staton
Inks Dave Hunt
Colors Paul Becton
Letters Jenna Garcia
Chronology
Previous Elf King Swing
Next The Revenger

Big House Brouhaha is a story in Scooby-Doo! #50 by DC Comics.

Premise

Five freaky monsters have just been caught and it's Mystery Inc. under the masks! What's going on? And what will happen when the gang winds up in the same prison as every single criminal they've ever foiled? This special 50th issue features a story with guest stars galore, including characters from Goober & the Ghost Chasers, The Funky Phantom, Speed Buggy and Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kids.

Synopsis

Characters

Character
Scooby-Doo
Shaggy Rogers
Fred Jones
Daphne Blake
Velma Dinkley

Guest stars

Goober and the Ghost Chasers

  • Goober (dog that can turn invisible when frightened)
  • Ted (leader)
  • Gilly (photographer)
  • Tina (reporter)

The Funky Phantom

  • Johnathan Wellington "Mudsy" Muddlemore
  • Augie Anderson
  • Skip Gilroy
  • April Stewart
  • Elmo the dog
  • Boo the ghost cat

Speed Buggy

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kids

  • Butch Cassidy (rock singer/secret agent)
  • Merilee
  • Steffy
  • Wally
  • Elvis the dog

Dynomutt

Villains

Suspects

Suspect Motive/reason
Suspect Motive/reason

Culprits

Culprit Motive/reason
Culprit Motive/reason

Locations

Notes/trivia

Reception

Plot: Have Scooby-Doo and the Gang gone bad?

I should have really loved this issue of Scooby-Doo, but to be honest, I really had no feeling for it. It suffers from the same disease that plagues any villain gathering, the diminishing of the villainy itself.

The plot is fairly hoary and although similar to the umpteenth real estate related crimes the gang have solved in the past, this one is a little too hard to swallow.

The secret passage in the prison comes a letdown, and despite what the writer may think, Monte Cristo escaped his guest accommodations by hiding himself in a body bag which was thrown into the sea.

Another item really bothered me. The writer attempted to pay homage to the Mystery Inc. by showing how many groups of crime-solvers were inspired by their example. This in itself is fine, but the execution is ruined by including The Funky Phantom. He's a genuine Hanna-Barbera character, but his presence undermines the Scooby-Doo cosmology. The theme of every Scooby-Doo mystery is that there are no ghosts nor monsters. Every seemingly supernatural event has a rational answer. Put a Funky Phantom in the world view, and suddenly, "whatever remains, however, improbable" expands far too much in scope. The presence of the ghost is doubly irritating when one considers overlooked Hanna Barbera science fiction themed, crime solving absentees who follow the Scooby-formula: Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels shamelessly canceled by ABC and of course Clue Club, which was shamelessly canceled by CBS.

Joe Staton does not reach the plateau he usually attains. The attention to shadows and shading is minimal, and the group--overwhelming to be sure--lacks his usual visual depth. Oh, and Goober of the Ghost Chasers was blue not green. [1]

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