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In Scooby-Doo John Rozum entertains with a most unexpected homage to Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon. While it is true that he merely employs one viewpoint in the comic book, the principle is still the same.
We see the original Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? episode through two lenses. The classic focuses on the mystery solving of Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and Scooby. That story enchanted viewers years ago and can be witnessed again on DVD and in syndication. The second image shimmers in this issue of Scooby-Doo.
Rozum relates the sea chanty through the eyes of Captain Cutler, he of the glowing, green diving suit. Fans of the series will recognize the criminal immediately and will enjoy this witty flip-flop of the same tale. Newcomers to the world of Scooby-Doo can at the very least appreciate Rozum's skills as a writer.
Rozum adheres to a single point of view, and you never become confused about the voice in the narrative. The author includes a turnabout in what exactly can be defined as weird. Rozum's creativity can be seen in the way he fleshes out the main characters. He gives them greater dimension but still preserves their larceny and even murderous ways. Cutler and his wife are antagonists. Unlike other writers, Rozum does not build the villains up at the expense of the heroes. He does not make you feel sympathy for the duo. Despite Mystery Inc. being incidental characters in Cutler's story, the reader still roots for Scooby-Scooby-Scooby-Dooooooo!