Saturday, March 9, 2024

Comics Review: "SCOOBY-DOO, Where Are You? #126" is in the Books


STORY: Derek Fridolfs; Sholly Fisch
PENCILS: Valerio Chiola; Scott Jeralds
INKS: Valerio Chiola; Scott Jeralds
COLORS: Valerio Chiola; Silvana Brys
LETTERS: Saida Temofonte
EDITORS: Courtney Jordan; Brittany Holzherr (reprint)
COVER: Derek Fridolfs with Valerio Chiola
32pp, Color, $2.99 U.S. (February 2024)

Ages 8+

“Girls Night Ouch!”

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? #126 opens with “Girls Night Ouch!,” which is written by Derek Fridolfs and drawn by Valerio Chiola.  The story finds Mystery Inc.Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne, and Velma making some plans.  Not everyone has the same plans for this evening.  Scooby and Shaggy have an all-you-can-eat buffet to attend, and Fred is going to investigate a haunted kitchen.

Meanwhile, Daphne and Velma are going to a local bookstore for a release party for the second book in the popular, teenage vampire romance book series, “Once Bitten.”  The series' author, Steven Majors, is going to read from “Twice Bitten,” the new book, but his appearance is nothing compared to a surprise appearance.  It seems that the book series' star, the vampire Danté, has arrived and is tearing the bookstore apart.  Can Daphne and Velma solve this mystery alone?

As usual, the second story, “Ghost Writers,” is a reprint story.  It is written by Sholly Fisch and drawn by Scott Jeralds.  [This story was originally published in Scooby-Doo, Where Are You #76 (cover date: February 2017).]  The story finds Mystery Inc. investigating a haunted library.  Paige the librarian wants to know why the ghosts of Edgar Allen Poe and William Shakespeare are haunting her library.  Now, Scooby and the gang have to discover what these literary ghosts want.

Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #126 has as its theme literary hauntings.  The new story is set in a book event at a local book store, and of course, there is an obvious reference to author Stephenie Meyer's Twilight book series.  Readers familiar with Twilight will enjoy the references to the book and to its fans and – dare I say it – its devoted, cult-like following.

Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #126 is not a particularly good issue compared to recent issues.  Still, it's a fun read.  So grab your “Scooby Snacks” and read it, 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, “Metropolis Grove” by Drew Brockington.]

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

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