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APNSD! Comic Book Revue: SCOOBY-DOO! TEAM-UP #16

As part of my duties running a Scooby-Doo-centric podcast and blog I have been reviewing the Scooby-Doo comic books published by DC Comics. This is a review for Scooby-Doo Team-Up #16. These are especially hard to do as I try to balance the quality of the writing and art with the demographic DC is targeting with these books. I try to be honest but fair.

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STL005135SCOOBY-DOO! TEAM-UP #16 (DC Comics)

  • W: Sholly Fisch
  • A: Dario Brizuela

In this issue of Scooby-Doo! Team-Up, the gang are summoned to Fawcett City to help find the miraculous Marvel Family who have gone missing, and only Mr. Mind and his Monster Society of Evil could be to blame!!

The story begins with Tawky Tawny and Uncle Marvel filling Mystery Inc. in on the disappearance of Captain Marvel, Mary Marvel, and Captain Marvel Junior. They are told that they were the best chance at finding the Marvels since their area of expertise is finding monsters. With the Monster Society of Evil undoubtedly behind their capture, they are the perfect match for the job.

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Afterthoughts: Lights Out (2016)

This is a review I wrote after watching the film, Lights Out. I wish I could have been kinder to it but there were just so many things wrong with it to give it a pass.

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I went to see Lights Out this weekend, the new horror movie written by Eric Heisserer and directed by David Sandberg. It comes as no surprise to me that the film was produced by James Wan as he seems to be behind just about every scary movie that has hit cinemas in the last few years, and Lights Out has that familiar vibe to it that we’ve come to expect from the likes of the Insidious movies and The Conjurings. One difference with Lights Out compared to those other movies, however, is the fact that it started life as short film of Sandberg’s that was then adapted  by Heisserer with a few tweaks to the story to accommodate the longer running time. Overall I’d say it’s a serviceable boofest but I have to qualify that I do have some genuinely mixed feelings about it.

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Afterthoughts: The Girl With All the Gifts (2016)

I wrote a movie review of the wonderfully done 2016 zombie film, The Girl With All the Gifts, for my film-based podcast blog.

For Your Consideration

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Although it hasn’t had a wide release in North America I had a chance to see The Girl With All the Gifts the other day at one of my local cinemas. I was pretty jazzed to see it based on the trailer I had caught on the internet a few months ago but wasn’t entirely sure what to expect other than that. I knew it was going to be kind of a zombie movie, it kind of reminded me a bit of 28 Days Later, and it was written by a writer I enjoy, Mike Carey. I am pleased to report that what I got from the film was both exactly what I expected and a whole lot more, as well.

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Afterthoughts: Spring (2014)

A review I wrote for one of my favourite movies of the last few years, Spring. It’s a surprisingly warm, romantic, and charming little horror movie. Great stuff.

For Your Consideration

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It’s going to be a real challenge to talk about Spring without giving away any juicy plot points and, believe me, this is the kind of movie you want to go into and experience as fresh as you possibly can on your first viewing. It’ll be difficult but I’m going to try and say as little as possible yet still express how great this movie is and why you should seek it out and watch it before you spend any more time being the person who has yet to have the pleasure of having watched Spring.

I mean, how often does a smart, touching, and layered indie horror movie come along that totally subverts its genre and tropes and has the ability to appeal just as easily to a non-horror audience as it does to its core demographic?

Be warned, though, if you’re a hardcore genre fan looking for a visceral movie more akin to…

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Scooby-Doo Comic Book Revue #02

My review of the second, and very entertaining, issue of Scooby Apocalypse. It was a weird idea that shouldn’t have been as good as it is, but there you have it. If you’re fan and you’re not reading this, you should take the time to check it out. It’s fun stuff.

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SDOAPOC_Cv2_dsSCOOBY APOCALYPSE #2 (DC Comics)

  • W: Keith Giffen/JM DeMatteis
  • A: Howard Porter

After the surprising success of Scooby Apocalypse #1 I was a little worried about how the second issue would measure up. I enjoyed the new take on the characters as well as the writing and art so much that I was kind of waiting for the other shoe to drop. Was the first issue a fluke? Would it continue the same level of excellence and intrigue by building on this mysterious new H-B world and concept presented in the first issue?

The answer to all those questions is a resounding “Yes!”

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Scooby-Doo Comic Book Revue #04

I cannot even begin to tell you how hard it is to review these all-ages Scooby-Doo books. I want to bring my full critical powers to bear on them but they are very much targeted at a younger demographic and, as such, cannot be judged in the same way. It takes me twice as long to write one of these as it does any regular comic for a general audience.

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STL010819SCOOBY-DOO! WHERE ARE YOU? #71 (DC Comics)

  • W: Derek Fridolks/Sholly Fisch/Embla Malmenlid
  • A: Walter Carzon & Horacio Ottolini/Scott Jeralds & Jorge Pacheco/Scott Neely

Just a quick disclaimer before I get into the review. I’m going to try to approach these family oriented books with an eye towards finding a balance between reviewing them with a lighter touch because of their intended audience and treating them like any other book with my normal reviewing style.

In “Boo Recruits”, the first of three stories in this issue, we find the gang being called in by the military to help solve the mystery of the Scary Soldier. They report to a Sargeant Williams who tells them of the spectre of a soldier who has been wandering the grounds of the base and scaring the base personnel. In order to investigate, Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy, and Scooby all have to pretend to join the army, boot camp and…

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Afterthoughts: The Legend Of Tarzan (2016)

I really enjoyed The Legend of Tarzan when I saw it a couple of weeks ago and fearing that it might go the way of another Edgar Rice Burroughs adaptation, John Carter, I thought I would write a review of it and challenge people to check the film out in theatres and not wait for it to come out on video to discover it. It’s a fun and engaging adventure movie. I’d hate to see it fail and fade away into the ether.

For Your Consideration

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Cinema’s latest foray into adapting the world of pulp characters to the big screen has arrived in the form of The Legend of Tarzan, and while the film looks like it’s on track to go down the same road of apathy and missed opportunity as the last Edgar Rice Burroughs adaptation, John Carter, did four years ago, I felt I should throw my hat into the ring and say some words in support of this entertaining and fun adventure story most people probably aren’t going to see.

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Scooby-Doo Comicbook Revue #01

I started up a Scooby-Doo podcast and was now in the business of reviewing Scooby-Doo episodes, films, and comic books. This is my take on the first issue of DC Comics’ Hanna-Barbera Beyond book, Scooby Apocalypse.

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sdapoccv1dsjpg-6846f0_765wSCOOBY APOCALYPSE #1 (DC Comics)

  • W: Keith Giffen/JM DeMatteis
  • A: Howard Porter

I was highly skeptical about Scooby Apocalypse when I first heard about it but my curiosity got the better of me when I saw who the creative team were that DC pulled together for this. I have been a fan of Giffen and DeMatteis for decades (both creators being responsible for some of my absolute favourite comic book stories of all time) and I really enjoyed Howard Porter’s work on Justice League 3000 so I figured the least I could do is check it out for myself. See what these guys have done with one of my favourite animated properties.

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