Sunday, April 23, 2023

Comics Review: "THE BATMAN & SCOOBY-DOO MYSTERIES #5" Offers the Legacy of Batwoman and Bat-Girl


STORY: Sholly Fisch
ART: Dario Brizuela
COLORS: Franco Riesco
LETTERS: Saida Temofonte
EDITOR: Kristy Quinn
COVER: Scott Jeralds with Carrie Strachan
32pp, Color, $2.99 U.S. (April 2023)

Ages 8+

Batman created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger

“Rat's All Folks!”

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, Mystery Inc.:  Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne, and Velma, 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 #5 (“Rat's All Folks!”) is written by Sholly Fisch; drawn by Dario Brizuela; colored by Franco Riesco; and lettered by Saida Temofonte.

The Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries #5 (“Rat's All Folks!”) opens at the palatial estate of Bette Kane, professional tennis player.  It seems that she is having some troubles, and because he is away on Justice League business, Batman has called on his Mystery Inc. friends to help Ms. Kane.  First problem:  members of a motorcycle gang, “The Ratpack,” are gradually stealing her Aunt Kathy Kane's priceless vintage motorcycle collection.  Second problem:  Aunt Kathy is missing!

Much to Scooby-Doo and company's surprise, the Ratpack is actually a gang of giant, humanoid rats.  And they are apparently really rat creatures because Fred discovers that they aren't wearing masks.  Luckily, for our heroes, Batwoman (Kate Kane) was conveniently in the area.  Now, Mystery Inc. must join Batwoman to discover who is behind the mystery of the Ratpack.  This story also guest-stars the original Batwoman and Bat-Girl.

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 #5 is written by longtime Scooby-Doo comics writer, Sholly Fisch.  It is not one of his best stories, but it's a fun read.  I can also state that Fisch seems to be having a grand time playing around with the history of Bat-female characters.  I could do with another Scooby-Doo adventure featuring two versions of Batwoman and two version of Batgirl, for that measure.

The art is produced by one of my favorite Scooby-Doo comic book artists, Dario Brizuela, and he does solid work here depicting the guest-stars.  He also makes the action really move, and it all looks great under Franco Reisco's bright colors.

I'll highly recommend this series if you aren't already reading it, dear readers.  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, “Diana and Nubia: Princesses 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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