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Unbelievable Beast (story)

MI sees the Unbelievable Beast

Unbelievable Beast title card

Publisher DC Comics
Date published September 2004
Part of Scooby-Doo! #88
# of pages 10
Writer John Rozum
Penciler Joe Staton
Inker Scott McRae
Colorer Heroic Age
Letterer Nick J. Napolitano
Editor Joan Hilty
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Unbelievable Beast is the first of three stories in Scooby-Doo! #88, by DC Comics. It was followed by The Shadow Knows and The Crossword Clue.


Dexter, Velma's cousin, is arrested by the police for vandalizing the school, but his story does not check out since he blames it on a unbelievably strange monster. He calls his cousin and Mystery Inc. comes out to investigate the strange story.


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Main characters:

Supporting characters:


Other characters:

  • Police officers (single appearance)(miscellaneous speaking)
  • Mr. Carr (single appearance)


  • Police station
  • School
  • Hardware store


  • TBA



Suspect Motive/reason
Principal Donnelley He seemed a little too sure about Dexter's guilt.
Smitty He was the only other person at the school at night.
Kevin "Bumper" Carr The hammer and the spray paint that the beast used came from his father's store.


Culprit Motive/reason
Kevin "Bumper" Carr as the Unbelievable Beast To vandalize the school and blame Dexter for it.


  • TBA


DC seems to be dumbing down Scooby-Doo, and that just misses the point. Kids became involved with Scooby-Doo because of the fairplay mysteries that were often kind of creepy and the friendship shared by Freddie, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and Scoob.

I do not ask for the complexity of say Raymond Chandler in Scooby-Doo mysteries, but I do want a puzzle that does not insult my intelligence. Kids would like that too. John Rozum has written some awesome issues of Scooby-Doo, but this latest collection of stories represents his worst.

The first tale visits Velma's cousin Dexter who has been framed for vandalism. Unfortunately, the clues given are telegraphed and really do not highlight the detective skills of Mystery Inc. Inspector Clouseau could have solved this one. There is some mild cogitation regarding the reason why the criminal in question would choose such an outlandish costume, but it's not really enough.[1]



  1. Ray Tate in Firing Line Reviews