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The Creature of Lagoona Beach
Creature of Laguna Beach
Information
Publisher DC Comics
Release date April 2008
Part of Scooby-Doo! #129
Pages 6
Writer Robbie Busch
Pencils Robert W. Pope
Inks Scott McRae
Colors Heroic Age
Letters Brian Durniak
Editing Jeanine Schaefer
Chronology
Previous History Is History
Next Snacks on a Plane

The Creature of Lagoona Beach is a story in Scooby-Doo! #129 by DC Comics.

Premise

Mystery Inc. investigates a monster haunting a reality show.

Synopsis

Characters

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

Villains

Suspects

Suspect Motive/reason
Suspect Motive/reason

Culprits

Culprit Motive/reason
Culprit Motive/reason

Locations

Notes/trivia

Reception

Robbie Busch has become very comfortable with Scoob and the Gang. This is evident in the second mystery. Here Mystery Inc. investigate a monster haunting a reality show, and Busch throws in enough twists to keep you guessing about the motive if not the culprit.

Penciler Robert Pope crafts some classic poses for the gang in the opening shot. Freddie, Velma and Daphne run after a monster kidnapping a hapless starlet. Freddie looks like he's about to tackle somebody. Daphne looks like a pulp action heroine with her hair flickering behind her. Velma is peering at the creature in disbelief. Shaggy looks scared out of his wits but still follows the others, and Scoob is just a big friendly great dane in on the chase, no doubt after being enticed by Scooby Snacks.

Inker Scott McCrae really excels this issue. The opening splash heralds the good to come. McCrae uses his blacks to create the illusion of fabric and darken the mood with almost Kirbyesque flourishes in the monster's scalework. Lovely, and this care in craft is all for a humble all-ages book.

Read on, and the story fosters a more sophisticated tone than so-called adult books. An unusual POV foreshadows the solution to the mystery and adds pep to the formula of Scooby-Doo. Kudos must also be given to Heroic Age. In one scene, Shaggy, Scoob and the Monster are in ink silhoutte, and you can discern their features and the sight gags because of the indigo backdrop.[1]

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