This is a retcon version of the Scooby Gang, more like the recent Riverdale. It’s more adult and there’s murder and real monsters involved. I would say it’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Resident Evil.
What I liked: The new Mystery Machine is an awesome stolen government ATV. The work a lot of the old Scooby dialogue and make it fresh. Scooby’s speech is explained really well. Scrappy Doo is in this book and is so freaking awesome, I love what they did with his character, I can’t wait to read the next book because he gets a cliffhanger. The ending is is really great too big reveals. I love what they did with Velma’s character, she’s really the main character in this novel, and has an interesting arc. I’m not totally on board with Daphne’s character, but I like that she is not the damsel in distress, she gets very bloody and is kind of a hysterical badass. The art work is great the only new character design I did not like was Shaggy’s. The flashback’s are really excellent, I loved the story of how shaggy and Scooby first met, and the heartbreaking story of a misunderstood Velma from birth to adult.
What I disliked: The dialogue repeats too much, Not the exact words but the same conversations, that was a big one and it almost made me drop my review to three stars. Shaggy is a hipster, he has a beard, a curling mustache, and ear gages, the beard is okay but the curling mustache is a bit much. Fred is the only character that’s written really flat, I hope he develops in the next volumes.
Recommendations: For fan’s of Velma she gets a lot of development and story time. For people that wanted more adult version of the old Scooby Doo: where are you? cartoon. Fans of Scrappy Doo you will be pleasantly surprised about how crazy he is and that his story direction goes. If you ever wanted an explanation on why Scooby dog can talk and who can hear him, then this is the book for you, because the explanation is detailed and really great. I rated this book 4 out of 5 stars for twist and turns .