Posts Tagged ‘Scooby-Doo’

Scooby-Doo’s Best Moment On Paradise Island

July 7, 2014

Scooby-Doo Team-Up #5 came out last week, and the Scooby gang traveled to Paradise Island to help Wonder Woman with a spooky mystery, on the recommendation of Batman no less! The book was fantastic; it was fun and amusing, with lots of great gags and cool references to Wonder Woman’s mythos. The setting seemed to be Wonder Woman ca. 1975 or so. Hippolyta was blonde, Nubia was a key character in the story, and Wonder Woman’s outfit and the appearance of the Amazons generally matched this era.

Daphne and Velma got to tour the island and train with the Amazons while Freddy and Shaggy had to wait in the invisible jet, because men aren’t allowed to set foot on Paradise Island (at least with the invisible jet, they got a decent view!). Luckily for Scooby-Doo, the rule doesn’t apply to dogs and he got to trot around and see what’s up. He sang the theme song from the Wonder Woman television show as he explored Paradise Island:

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And then, in the best moment from the whole comic, Scooby exclaimed “Suffering Sappho!” in shock as a minotaur attacked the Amazons:

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“Suffering Sappho!” is, of course, one of Wonder Woman’s trademark catchphrases, along with favourites like “Merciful Minerva!” and “Thunderbolts of Jove!” It’s also the only one of her catchphrases that references an ancient figure known primarily for lesbianism, a fact that has been used by some (including me!) to point out a lesbian subtext in Silver Age Wonder Woman comics. I love that writer Sholly Fisch worked it into Scooby-Doo Team-Up. It’s a great reference.

Scooby-Doo Team-Up #5 is an absolute blast, and one of my favourite comic books of the year thus far! You should definitely check it out if you haven’t yet. It’s available in comic shops everywhere, and the first half of the book is available for digital download online.

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Is The Cover For Scooby-Doo Team-Up #5 Featuring Wonder Woman The Best Cover Of The Year?

June 27, 2014

When Scooby-Doo Team-Up #5 was announced in the solicits a few months back, it came with a generic cover that didn’t feature Wonder Woman at all. But now, thanks to J. Torres’ twitter feed, we’ve got a look at the proper cover, and it is amazing:

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Daphne and Velma in Amazon armour variations of their regular costumes is just spectacular, as is Scooby-Doo in his Leonidas-esque gear. A Scooby-Doo/Wonder Woman team-up is super fun in and of itself, but these rad costumes are pushing the awesomeness to a whole new level.

In case you’ve forgotten, here’s what’s going on in the issue:

Wonder Woman’s homeland is under attack by mythological monsters that vanish into thin air before the Amazon warriors can fight back! Scooby, Wonder Woman and the gang must work together to solve this mystery…assuming Daphne and Velma complete their Amazon training in time!

I absolutely cannot wait to see who’s under the masks of these mythological monsters. Maybe it will be Old Man Dr. Psycho, or Circe, disguised as the Amazon’s janitor, disguised as a monster. So many options!

This issue sounds like it will be an absolute blast, so be sure to check it out this Wednesday online or in comic shops everywhere!

Wonder Woman’s Many July 2014 Solicits OR The Usual Fun, Plus Annuals And Scooby-Doo

April 23, 2014

Wonder Woman has got a very busy July ahead of her. There’s her own series, of course, plus the team-up book with Superman, an annual for the Superman book, a guest spot in an Aquaman annual, AND a super cool Scooby-Doo team-up. The gal is all over the place.

Let’s start with her own series first:

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WONDER WOMAN #33
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO
Art and cover by CLIFF CHIANG
BATMAN 75 variant cover
On sale JULY 16 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
It’s the beginning of the end as writer Brian Azzarello and artist Cliff Chiang kick off the astonishing finale of their epic run! Olympus must fall, and its rightful ruler must be restored – but in Diana’s depraved family of demigods and gods, who can be trusted to rule with decency and justice?

If things go like they have for the past two years, Wonder Woman’s yearlong arc should wrap up in August, and that could make this possibly the penultimate issue of Azzarello and Chiang’s run. In typical fashion, we’re not getting a lot of hints from the solicit and the cover, while gorgeous, isn’t giving us much information either. We’re moving toward the inevitable final conflict with the First Born and a new Olympian ruler, and I guess we’ll just have to pick up the book to see what happens.

Now onto Superman/Wonder Woman:

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SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #10
Written by CHARLES SOULE
Art by TONY S. DANIEL and MATT BANNING
Cover by TONY S. DANIEL
BATMAN 75 variant cover
On sale JULY 9 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Twelfth level intellect Lois Lane uses all her new Psi Power against the God of War, Diana, in the ultimate showdown! And Superman must go up against the new Cyborg Superman as an invading armada arrives in space!

So yeah, that sound you just heard was me sighing heavily. It was so loud and heartfelt that you all could hear it even though it was coming all the way from Canada. Wonder Woman fighting Lois Lane over Superman; that’s a new one. Also, what is up with Lois? Is she Brainiac now? Lois being taken over by a bad guy is also a startling new and innovative idea. Siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh.

Anyway, there’s no mention of the “Doomed” crossover in this solicit, but that does look like Doomsday in the background so I assume it has something to do with all of that jazz. On the one hand, I’m always glad to see Lois Lane, but on the other hand, this sounds sort of terrible.

But wait, there’s more! Superman/Wonder Woman has its first annual in July:

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SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN ANNUAL #1
Written by CHARLES SOULE
Art and cover by ED BENES
On sale JULY 30 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T
Only an Annual could contain this chapter of “SUPERMAN: DOOMED”! It’s an all-out assault by the heroes of Earth (superpowered and not) on the God of War, Wonder Woman, who’s leading the charge against all manner of alien attackers. The monstrous Superman smashes through everything friend or foe as his de-evolution reaches a critical stage. It all leads to their best hope: the Phantom Zone?!

I’m curious as to why the solicits are hitting so hard on the God of War thing this month. Wonder Woman must be going to town busting up people in a warlike manner in this “Doomed” story. Anyway, all of the excitement continues here in an issue that costs an extra buck, though I suppose you’re getting 50% more book. That’s not a bad deal.

Ed Benes is drawing the annual, which could go either way. Benes goes into T&A territory often, but I think that when he reins that in he’s actually a pretty good artist. I’ve liked a lot of his less brokeback stuff.

Wonder Woman’s visiting another annual as well. July is going to be expensive!

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AQUAMAN ANNUAL #2
Written by JEFF PARKER
Art and cover by YVEL GUICHET and JASON GORDER
On sale JULY 30 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T
During his battle with Hercules, Aquaman unleashed an ancient evil from the days of the Greeks — so he’s called in Wonder Woman to help him clean up the mess! You can be sure the Queen of the Amazons and the King of Atlantis have plenty to talk about…if they can hear each other over the bloodcurdling screams of the Giant-Born!

I haven’t been following the New 52 Aquaman very closely, but I’m excited to read Jeff Parker writing Wonder Woman. I’ve enjoyed a lot of his stuff, and I’m betting he’ll have a good take on her. Wonder Woman and Aquaman teaming up for an underwater mythological battle is a story I can definitely get behind. I’m looking forward to this one.

And finally, what should be the most anticipated book of July:

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SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP #5
Written by SHOLLY FISCH
Art and cover by DARIO BRIZUELA
On sale JULY 2 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED E
Wonder Woman’s homeland is under attack by mythological monsters that vanish into thin air before the Amazon warriors can fight back! Scooby, Wonder Woman and the gang must work together to solve this mystery…assuming Daphne and Velma complete their Amazon training in time!

If this is the actual cover, I’m going to be a little disappointed. But regardless, this should be FANTASTIC. A Wonder Woman/Scooby-Doo team-up sounds like an absolute blast. My current 28 year old self and my past 10 year old self are high-fiving so hard right now. I really hope that the monsters on Paradise Island turn out to be dudes in masks, because that would be so hilarious. Perhaps a corrupt land developer who’s trying to scare away the Amazons so he can turn Paradise Island into a resort? That would be so fun. Whatever they do with the book, I’m crazy excited to read it.

July is going to be a five-week month, and we’ll be able to get a Wonder Woman-starring comic every single week but the fourth one. That’s a fun change of pace. I could get used to having more than one and a half Wonder Woman comics every month. Plus, there’s something for everyone, from mythological enthusiasts to Superman shippers to undersea fans to kids and the young at heart. July should be a good time.


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