Greetings, Explorers! Our second episode of the 2020 Summer Special is here! The gang takes a look at Scooby Apocalypse, Vol. 1 by writers Keith Giffen and J. M. DeMatteis. This Scooby story is part of DC Comics’ Hannah-Barbera Beyond. We previously covered The Flintstones story that is part of the Hanna-Barbera Beyond series in Episode 40.
Scooby Apocalypse, Vol. 1 is an Scooby Gang origin story set in a post-apocalyptic world. In the story, Fred and Daphne are a hard-hitting two-person news team. Daphne is the on-camera personality and Fred is her loyal cameraman (who is desperately in love with Daphne). Wilma is part of a secret science team whose experiments with nanotechnology may bring out about the end of the world. And what about Scooby and Shaggy? Scooby is part of a secret experiment at Wilma’s lab and Shaggy is a friendly dog trainer hired by the lab where Wilma works.
Johnny and Dennis (Frankie is off getting Scooby Snacks) chat about by chatting about Dennis’s love of all things Scooby. Secondly, they discuss the connection between Scrappy Doo, Snarf, Orko, and Poochie. Lastly, they discuss the differences between wonderfully complex and witty The Flintstones and the lighthearted Scooby Apocalypse.
Further topics include the difference between Shaggy’s and Velma’s relationships with their coworkers; the moral dilemma of killing zombies and monster that were once human beings; the connection between this comic, Sideshow Bob, and Jean Valjean; and last, but not least, the storytelling and art of Scooby Apocalypse, Vol. 1.
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