Monday, January 30, 2023

Comics Review: "THE BATMAN & SCOOBY-DOO MYSTERIES #3" - Twerkin' for the Talon


STORY: Matthew Cody
ART: Erich Owen
COLORS: Erich Owen
LETTERS: Saida Temofonte
EDITOR: Kristy Quinn
COVER: Erich Owen
32pp, Color, $2.99 U.S. (January 2023)

Ages 8+

Batman created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger

“Night of the Owlful Party!”

The Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries was a 12-issue comic book limited series that DC Comics published in 2021 and 2022.  The series brought the characters from both the Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? and Batman comic book series together.  Over the past five decades, Scooby-Doo and friends have joined Batman and (often) Robin to solve mysteries in various animated television series and comic books.

The Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries sold well enough that DC Comics began a second series in October 2022.  The Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries #3 (“Night of the Owlful Party!”) is written by Matthew Cody; drawn by Erich Owen; colored Erich Owen; and lettered by Saida Temofonte.  This issue guest-stars The Talon of the Court of Owls.

The Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries #3 opens in Gotham City at one of the city's most haunted old buildings, the abandoned Owl Court Hotel.  It is said to be home to the most terrifying ghost in Gotham – The Talon of the Court of Owls, Gotham's most secret of secret societies.

Tonight, however, it is the site of the grooviest celebration, the birthday part of one of the city's richest daughters, Bibi Powers.  Well, it was supposed to the grooviest.  So far, Bibi's only guests are the members of Mystery Inc.Fred, Daphne, and Velma, Shaggy, and Scooby-Doo.  Velma and Bibi were … friends back in Velma's days as a cheerleader.

The guests barely have time to dance before the legendary owl-beast, The Talon, appears.  Luckily, Bruce Wayne is also at the hotel on business, so that means The Batman is also nearby.

THE LOWDOWN:  As a child, the most important characters in my life were Batman and Robin and Scooby-Doo and company.  I am still excited about the worlds of Batman and Scooby-Doo coming together.  Obviously, The Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries is one of those comic book series that is perfectly made for me.

The Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries #3 features the character Talon, an element in “the Court of Owls,” the Batman adversaries that first appeared in Batman (2011) #6.  I think the Court of Owls and everything to do with them is ridiculous and contrived, but I like this issue.

I like the art by Erich Owen, which looks like a blend of computer-rendered backgrounds and hand drawn characters in the foreground.  It looks kind of weird, but the technique works.  The illustration and colors for the first page combine to create one of the best opening pages that I have seen in years.  It's pitch perfect for “Night of the Ow1ful Party!”

Speaking of story:  in “Night of the Owlful Story!,” writer Matthew Cody offers a one-off tale that feels like an episode of a Scooby-Doo television series.  I like the way Cody plays out the party and the action.  He makes Bibi a brat, a snob, and a “mean girl,” but she is harmless and kinda cute.   The highest compliment that I can give this story is that I did not want it to end.

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of the union of the worlds of Batman and Scooby-Doo will want The Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries.

[This comic book includes a seven-page preview of the DC Comics original graphic novel, “My Buddy, Killer Croc” by Sara Farizan and Nicoletta Baldar.]


Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"

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