The end of the world continues for the Mystery Gang. How will they stay afloat this issue? Is it good?
Scooby Apocalypse #5 (DC Comics)
Of all the issues in the series, this is unfortunately the weakest. It didn’t feel like we made new strides in the story and character departments. The issue is about the characters surviving a monster siege at a Wal-Mart expy using their intelligence and dumb luck. Now, the siege itself was certainly entertaining, and there were good character bits and intelligence shown by everyone and some genuinely creepy moments here and there. However, everyone is still in the same place as they were last issue (Daphne’s characterization seems to be on a constant loop) in terms of character and the story made no real progress. It just feels like the issue needed some more meat to it here, especially since we’re still early on in the series.
The writing still holds strong for the most part. The pacing is solid and the story never feels too quick or too slow. The dialogue is nice and there are some good conversations between the characters. There are some issues with there being too much dialogue at times and telling too much instead of showing, like the time when Daphne has a conservation with herself. The characterization remains on point and everyone is still pretty likeable, but Daphne’s character arc of coming to accept Velma feels like it is going in circles continuously. It’s very tiring, since it always feels like it resets every issue. The ending is rather awkward, since it come across like the story just stops. It reaches a point in the narrative and just ends. No twist, no big cliffhanger, no resolution. We’re just done with the issue and we’ll see you next time. The big plus I’ll give to the writing is the comic is still doing a very job balancing the creepiness and humor of the story. It really knows when to let something creepy happen and when to let something funny happen. The two tones of the story coexist beautifully, and never feel like they get in the way.
The artwork by Howard Porter is great here like usual. The characters are all decently drawn from start to finish, some foreshortening issues notwithstanding. The layouts are good and there’s an amazing amount of detail put into every panel. The action and movement can flow rather well from panel to panel, but it’s more often than not rather stiff and static. And like before, the monster designs are very nice and memorable, including the big one from this issue. I pretty much have the same praises and complaints as with the previous issues. It’s good overall, but not without its flaws.
Is It Good?
Scooby Apocalypse #5 is the weakest issue of the series, but still decent to read. Its main problem lies in the fact it felt like neither the story nor the characters really progressed all that much. It had an entertaining story and situation, but it just needed a bit more to make it better. Even with this small slump though, this is still an issue that was enjoyable to read and is worth your time if you’ve been liking the run up till now.
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