|This needs a stretch.|
|The Creature of Lagoona Beach|
|Release date||April 2008|
|Part of||Scooby-Doo! #129|
|Pencils||Robert W. Pope|
|Previous||History Is History|
|Next||Snacks on a Plane|
Mystery Inc. investigates a monster haunting a reality show.
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.