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Family Monster
Frank (Family Monster)
Information
Publisher DC Comics
Release date February 2008
Part of Scooby-Doo! #127
Pages 8
Writer Greg Thompson
Pencils Jaime Garcia Corral
Inks Conchita Mas Fuentes
Colors Heroic Age
Letters Randy Gentile
Editing Jeanine Schaefer
Chronology
Previous The Phantom Of The Rock Club
Next The Football Fiend

Family Monster is the first of three stories in Scooby-Doo! #127 by DC Comics.

Premise

Velma's great-aunt in Germany has died and Velma might inherit the castle, but it comes with a prowling Frankenstein's monster.

Synopsis

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Characters

Character
Scooby-Doo
Shaggy Rogers
Fred Jones
Daphne Blake
Velma Dinkley
Fritz
Viveka Von Dinkley (picture only)
Victor Von Dinkley
Viveka's lawyer
Frank/Frankenstein Monster of Castle Von Dinkley

Villains

  • Frankenstein Monster of Castle Von Dinkley/Frank
  • Victor Von Dinkley

Suspects

Suspect Motive/reason
Fritz In most mysteries, the butler does it 50% of the time.
Victor Von Dinkley He was the only relative left at Castle Von Dinkley.
Viveca's lawyer The gang have seen lawyers do such odd things to keep thier clients fourtunes.

Culprits

Culprit Motive/reason
Frank, a monstrous-looking individual who may have been brought to life by the old Victor Von Dinkley, acting as the Frankenstein Monster of Castle Von Dinkley without a mask. He was convinced by Victor Von Dinkley that he would be driven from his home unless he scared the other heirs away.
Victor Von Dinkley as the Frankenstein Monster of Castle Von Dinkley's master He was using Frank to scare everyone away, so that he could inherit Viveka Von Dinkley's fortune alone.

Locations

Notes/trivia

  • TBA

Reception

No mistake. One Bullet. The art in the second story by Scott Neeley and Dan Davis in addition to a particularly interesting supporting character are the only good things I can list for this issue of Scooby-Doo.

In the first tale "Family Monster," Greg Thompson comes up with a decent premise then takes it nowhere. Velma may be due for an inheritance, but the creature haunting the hallways of the Germanic castle gutturally objects to that.

The creature resembles the Frankenstein Monster, but he turns out not to be a man in a mask, just an unfortunate homely individual. The trouble is we have no idea how anybody figures this out. Velma finds a sheaf of papers in the laboratory, and she has a eureka moment. I guess because of the ebullition, she forgets to divulge what she learned.

Nobody, not the writer or the artist, shares the crucial information with the reader, and in an eye-blink, the Gang magically solve the mystery. Scooby-Doo is supposed to be a fairplay. Clues are shown to the audience. Suspects are given. The procedure of detection is witnessed. That's part of the fun. The art in this story is just off-model enough to be distracting. Freddie looks especially weird.[1]

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