Monday, February 20, 2023

Comics Review: "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #120" Offers Thieving Genies and Zombie Rings


STORY: Derek Fridolfs; Sholly Fisch
ART: Valerio Chiola; Scott Neely
COLORS: Valerio Chiola; Jason Lewis
LETTERS: Saida Temofonte
EDITORS: Courtney Jordan; Alex Antone (reprint)
COVER: Derek Fridolfs with Valerio Chiola
32pp, Color, $2.99 U.S. (April 2023)

Ages 8+


Welcome, dear readers, to my continuing journey through the Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? comic book series, which began publication in 2010.  I continue to renew my subscription so that I can continue to review this series for you, dear readers.

Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #120 opens with “Djinn-Kies!,” which is written by Derek Fridolfs and drawn by Valerio Chiola.  The story finds Mystery Inc.Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne, and Velma attending the “Coolsville Antiques Auction.”  Velma has even brought a Van Dinkenstein family heirloom, a vase, for appraisal.  However, a thieving Djinn (a magical spirit from Arabian and Islamic mythology) keeps arriving in a cloud of smoke and stealing antiques.  Can the gang solve this mystery before everything valuable gets stolen?

The second story, “Give Me a Ring” is, as usual, a reprint story and is written by Sholly Fisch and drawn by Scott Neely.  [This story was originally published in Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #30 (cover date: April 2013).]  The story finds Mystery Inc. called to New Orleans.

It seems that two of the world's great archaeologists, Lewis Clark and Stanley Livingston, have discovered the legendary “ancient ring” that belonged to the “voodoo queen,” Marie LeFaux.  Hundreds of years ago, Marie used the ring to turn people into zombies.  Lewis tells the gang that Stanley was turned into a zombie after he placed the ring on his finger.  Can the gang solve the mystery of the new zombie and the cursed ring?  Can Shaggy and Scooby survive the spicy Cajun food?

If Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #120 has a theme, it is that the two stories involve some of my favorite fantasy beings/creatures.  So the theme is “for Leroy's pleasure.”  The title “Djinn-Kies” is a play on Velma's favorite exclamation, “Jinkies!”  Besides that, the story features a delightful mix of an antique-stealing Djinn, family heirlooms, and a secret armoire.  It is also produced by Derek Fridolfs and Valerio Chiola, two of my favorite Scooby-Doo comic book creators.

As a Louisiana native, I like having “Give Me a Ring” set in a cartoon version of New Orleans.  Zombies, voodoo, Dixieland jazz, and a playful nod to spicy Louisiana food:  I think these would make the perfect elements for a Scooby-Doo straight-to-DVD movie.  Oh, and “Give Me a Ring” is produced by Sholly Fisch and Scott Neely, Scooby-Doo favorites of mine.

Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #120 is simply a fun read.  So grab your “Scooby Snacks” and read issue #120 and maybe watch a Scooby-Doo movie, later.  And until next time, Scooby-Dooby-Doo!


[This comic book includes a seven-page preview of the DC Comics original graphic novel, “Diana and Nubia: Princess of the Amazons” by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale and Victoria Ying.]

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

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