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Wat a Scare!
Wat a Scare
Information
Publisher DC Comics
Release date August 2004
Part of Scooby-Doo! #85
Pages 10
Writer Brian Swenlin
Pencils Joe Staton
Inks Dan Davis
Colors Heroic Age
Letters Nick J. Napolitano
Chronology
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Wat A Scare! is a story in Scooby-Doo! #85 by DC Comics.

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Characters

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

Villains

Suspects

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Culprits

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Notes/trivia

Reception

Two well-researched stories also double as two enjoyable cases for Mystery Inc. to solve in Scooby-Doo. Scooby-Doo offers quintessential examples in storycrafting.

In "What a Scare!" the Gang go to Cambodia to visit Angor Wat, an ancient city. When they intend to cross the swamp, their guide turns away and claims that Meru, the Crocodile God guards the ruins and will unleash his wrath upon visitors. Naturally, the Gang intend to debunk this myth. It's what they do.

Brian Swenlin directs scenes that build up the potential supernatural nature of the beast, and he times the comedy of Shaggy and Scooby within these scenes perfectly. Soon after, he unveils the clues that tell the reader and the Gang something fishy is going on with the Water Deity. The clues also hint at the motive behind the mystery.

Swenlin captures the Gang's dialogue and their universal appeal. I'm pleased that though these are the updated versions that Daphne still shouts out "This is so Groovy!" Daphne's interest in the subject fits her character as does the interest of Velma who adds the book knowledge to Daphne's discovery. Their interest also broadens their personalities. While both of these ladies love a mystery, they still can appreciate beauty, which pertains to the puzzle and involves a very real but often unpublicized crime.

Joe Staton not only renders his typical best look for Mystery Inc. He details a vivid setting with a neatly designed monster that provides much scaredy-cat gymnastics from Shaggy and Scooby. [1]

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References

  1. Ray Tate in Firing Line Reviews

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