|This needs a stretch.|
|The Toxic Troll|
|Release date||June 2008|
|Part of||Scooby-Doo! #131|
|Previous||Surreal Cereal Spook|
Scooby-Doo celebrates Earth Day by not being a waste of trees.
Scott Cunningham's "The Toxic Troll" neatly addresses environmental crime without losing the formula for Scooby-Doo fun. The Gang are in high spirits. I like that Cunningham shows them outside of the mystery first before becoming involved, and their interaction offers some referential amusement. Shag and Scoob know what to expect from their exploits:
"So, Scoob...A scary old factory - what do you think are the odds that we'll wind up there?"
In the scene, Scott Gross shows Scooby counting on his paws as Cunningham and letterer Randy Gentile "radd" up the numbers. The monster, formed by Gross, Jorge Pacheco and the eerie colors of Heroic Age, echoes a classic Scooby-Doo fiend without ripping off the shtick.
In its own right, the costume is pretty scary, and in a rare moment Velma screams when facing the creature. Fred takes him down with an impressive tackle, and Daphne gets some excellent energetic moments.