Saturday, March 18, 2023

Comics Review: "THE BATMAN & SCOOBY-DOO MYSTERIES #4" is Purr-Fectly Haunted


STORY: Amanda Deibert
ART: Scott Jeralds
COLORS: Carrie Strachan
LETTERS: Saida Temofonte
EDITOR: Kristy Quinn
COVER: Scott Jeralds with Carrie Strachan
32pp, Color, $2.99 U.S. (March 2023)

Ages 8+

Batman created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger


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 #4 (“Gold/Fish”) is written by Amanda Deibert; drawn by Scott Jeralds; colored Carrie Strachan; and lettered by Saida Temofonte.

The Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries #4 (“Gold/Fish”) opens in Beach City, which his apparently a resort locale near Gotham City.  Inside a well-appointed beach house, widow Dottie Richards is about to get the scare of her life – from her vengeful ghost of her late husband, Roger.  Luckily, it's Batman to the rescue!

The Dark Knight has been investigating a series of ghostly apparitions in Gotham City, and he asks Mystery Inc. to check out the sightings in Beach City while he continues his investigations in Gotham.  Velma suspects that the hauntings are related to a psychic named Madame Clara Voyante.  When Velma finds herself being haunted, Mystery Inc. discovers that they may have more ghosts on their hands than they can possibly handle.  And is Batman facing a familiar foe from his rogues gallery?

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 #4 is written by television writer and recent comic book scribe, Amanda Deibert.  She is currently writing Dynamite Entertainment's delightful Darkwing Duck comic book series.  “Gold/Fish” is entertaining because of the offbeat sensibilities Deibert brings to the story, especially the odd collection of spirits haunting various characters.  It seems that anyone with a connection to a deceased person – intimated or tenuous – can be haunted in the strangest ways.  The story also presents a more personal side of Velma, which makes “Gold/Fish” seem like more than just another episode of this series.

Scott Jeralds is one of my favorite Scooby-Doo comic book artists, and he makes this story bouncy with true-blue Scooby-Doo energy.  This story hops around and is happy; it reads like a classic, good-times, kid comic book.  Carrie Strachan's colors light up this story, as well as capture the delights of the classic blue-gray Batman costume.  Do you need more classic vibes?  There is Saida Temofonte pitch-perfect lettering.

So, until next Bat-time, have a Scooby-Dooby-Doo day, dear readers.

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, “Deadman Tells the Spooky Tales” by Franco and various artists.]


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

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