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A Basilisk is turning people in a small town into stone. Then Fred and Daphne are petrified, too!
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- Basilisk (single appearance)(disguise)
- Leo Sunburst (single appearance)
- Mayor (single appearance)
- Butcher (single appearance)
- Dustin Chalk (single appearance)(redeemed)
- Jed Brady (single appearance)(no lines)(flashback only)
- Unnamed town
- Butcher shop
- Town hall
|Leo Sunburst||He knew all about the legend of the Basilisk.|
|Leo Sunburst, the mayor, and the butcher made up the story of the Basilisk||To get the town in the news.|
|Dustin Chalk created the statues of all of the Basilisk's so-called victims||The others had hired him to help them out in their plan.|
Dan Abnett in the first story immediately instills curiosity. The nature of the mystery requires people turning into statues of stone. Given the Scooby formula that always there is a rational explanation for seeming supernatural events, how on earth can science explain instantaneous petrification? Mr. Abnett comes up with a delightful solution that still plays fair with the reader.
...Characterization can be overlooked in any mystery to favor the plot, but both authors and artists keep Mystery Inc. in near perfect pitch. The camaraderie between them feels comfortable and genuine, and because of this attention to interaction, the reader cares about what happens on the cover: Daphne and Fred turned into statues.