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This article is about the comic story. For the featured team, see Secrets Unlimited.
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Secrets Unlimited (story)
Secrets Unlimited
Description
Part of Scooby-Doo! #133
# of pages 10
Writer Jack Briglio
Penciler Roberto Barrios Angelelli
Inker Sebastian Bartolucci
Colorer Heroic Age
Letterer Travis Lanham
Editor Jeanine Schaefer
Chronology
Previous story

Hot Time in the Temple Tonight

Next story

Velma's Monsters of the World: The Calchona


Secrets Unlimited is the second of three stories in Scooby-Doo! #133, by DC Comics. It was preceded by Hot Time in the Temple Tonight, and followed by Velma's Monsters of the World: The Calchona.

Premise

The gang encounters a rival group of crime-solvers, who stage their actions for a reality TV show.

Synopsis

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Characters

Main characters:

Villains:

Locations

  • Television studio
    • Last Man Standing set
    • What Won't You Do? set
    • Secrets Unlimited set
      • Secret Sanctum of Silence set
  • Hotel
    • Gang's room

Objects

Vehicles

  • TBA

Suspects

Suspect Motive/reason
Suspect Motive/reason

Culprits

Culprit Motive/reason
Fernando (actually the Secrets Unlimited producer in disguise) and his gang of actors using remote-controlled wax-covered robot as the Waxy Monster Staged all their crime solutions as Secrets Unlimited.

Notes/trivia

  • TBA

Cultural references

Reception

"So like, I guess we're needed after all!"--Shaggy

Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? is considered the indisputable canon of Scooby-Doo fans, but things get murky when fans discuss the shows that came after. Recently, thanks to the popularity of the Scooby-Doo movies, which I recommend for any fan of Scooby-Doo, Scooby and the Gang returned for What's New Scooby-Doo?[sic] This series slightly tweaked and updated the formula as well as the characters. It was a mostly worthy successor to Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?[sic], unlike any Scrappy-Doo era show and the banal A Pup Named Scooby-Doo.

In "Secrets Unlimited" Jack Briglio asks the question that almost every Scooby-Doo fan dreads. What if the networks decided to use Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? as the plagiaristic template for a new group of mystery solvers? I'm not talking the beloved Goober and the Ghost-Chasers or Clue Club either.

First you get a smug, smarmy mimbo replacing Fred. Two curvy hotties whose dress sense is more obviously sexy fill the slots of Daphne and Velma; there also seems to be some sexual innuendo between the two and the faux Freddie. A motivated literal dude with a soulpatch takes the place of the overtly cowardly Shaggy, and the cartoony Scooby goes to the dogpound. A gorgeous, primped German shepherd eats low-fat Scooby Snack substitutes in this new crime solving clique.

Although the Gang contend with an interestingly designed monster, the mystery's secondary to the friction between the real Mystery Inc. and their "hipper" doppelgangers. What I like about the sparks is that while the team clearly feels neglected, the presence of Secrets Unlimited doesn't cripple them with doubt and despair, the cliché reaction. Instead, the upstarts galvanize Mystery Inc. into cohesive action. Our sleuths soon determine the reality behind the facade, and they wrap things up in a professional classic manner.[1]

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