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Scooby-Doo in The Dragon's Eye Conclusion: Just Deserts is the second and last story in Scooby-Doo! #66.
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- Lee Shiu Shian (final appearance)
- Chinese ghost warriors (single appearance)(disguise)/
- Lee Shiu Shian's followers (single appearance)
- Chinese Emperor's ghost (Ching Siu Tung) (single appearance)(disguise)
| Lee Shiu Shian|
His followers, dressed as Chinese ghost warriors
|To invoke the Dragon's Eye's magic and take over China.|
| Ching Siu Tung disguised as the Chinese Emperor's ghost|
Cheung Man-Yuk disguised as one of the warriors
|To stop Lee Shiu Shian.|
John Rozum’s “Dragon’s Eye” concludes on a high note making use of Freddie’s intelligence as well as Velma’s and Daphne’s skepticism. Scooby and Shaggy are somewhat forgotten, yet more than any other storyarc DC has inflicted on its readers, the “Dragon’s Eye” really did seem connected. Thus, Scooby and Shaggy were the stars in different chapters—most notably when Scoob saves Freddie’s life and in the last chapter when both Shaggy and Scooby take the roles of guardians. Freddie felt extraordinarily disgusted with himself when he felt he let the villain get away early on, but in this chapter he redeems himself. Not that I considered his actions any less intelligent or formidable earlier. The character felt less than perfect, and in this chapter, he achieves his goals admirably. So, what’s perhaps the most unusual thing about this groundbreaking Scooby-Doo storyarc is that the characters really did change from what they were in the beginning.
In terms of plotting, it’s pure Scooby-Doo with the twist of the scheme not being about real estate except in the broadest sense. The story reinforces the tenets of Scooby-Doo; though the movie, which still can be included in the canon, did break these rules but with style and substance. There’s also a sneaky little hint of continuity included. Rozum I believe was the writer who answered the question asked by many a Scooby-fan: if every one of their villains have been petty criminals in masks, why are they always running away as if being pursued by real monsters? To quote Daphne: “You never know when one of them will turn out to be real.” Likewise, Freddie decides in the conclusion to “Dragon’s Eye” to put aside his own ego and his own certainties to insure the villain will be utterly defeated.
Joe Staton and Horacio Ottolini as usual do their professional best. This time they evoke an eerie mood from an often-overlooked gem of horror: the Chinese ghost story. Readers will enjoy the unusual setting and the weird atmosphere of a spectral sandstorm—or is it just in the mind that sets up the intricate menpo and uniform of glowing samurai. A big kudos goes to Paul Becton’s coloring. The realist browns and sands stones combined with those all important flesh tones and the gang’s more vibrant costumes contrast and therefore accent the otherworldly ruse.