Scooby Apocalypse #1
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Scooby Apocalypse #1

Writer: Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis Artist: Hank Porter Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: May 25, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 35 User Reviews: 14
6.8Critic Rating
7.7User Rating

Those meddling kids-Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy, and their dog, Scooby-Doo-get more ghost-debunking than they bargained for when faced with a fundamental change in their world. The apocalypse has happened. Old rules about logic no longer apply. The creatures of the night are among us, and the crew of the Magical Mystery Machine has to fight to survive-because in the apocalyptic badlands of the near-future, the horrors are real!
This new monthly series takes Scooby and the gang to a whole new level and features character designs by comics superstar Jim Lee!

  • 10
    Comicosity - Aaron Long May 25, 2016

    The concept and setting of the book is very intriguing, and Scooby Apocalypse #1 feels a bit like the Archie Horror titles in the way that characters can be re-imagined and put in very different scenarios but still stay true to their original forms. It shows the depth and range of the characters and when storytellers like Giffen, DeMatteis and Porter get a hold of them, magic happens. Scooby Apocalypse #1 has the perfect blend of fun, drama and action and it is everything I hoped it would be, and much more. This is a fun comic that made me smile like a fool, and I enjoyed it immensely. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Sean Blumenshine May 30, 2016

    Overall, this is a really fun read. It's wildly creative, full of heart and features terrific artwork. I highly recommend picking this issue up. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Adam Frey May 24, 2016

    I put Scooby Apocalypse to the ultimate test by having my 10 year-old daughter read it. She's had limited exposure to Scooby, although she reads DC's Scooby-Doo Team-Up regularly and just watched the newly-released Lego Scooby-Doo: Haunted Hollywood film. Guess what? She actually liked it. She had no problem with an "adult" Scooby and enjoyed the sense impending doom that builds during the story. If a member of classic Scooby's target audience can enjoy a radically recreation of the character, then maybe adults can too. Consider giving this one a shot. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes May 27, 2016

    This is the setup, next month the monster hunting begins. If you enjoyed Justice League 3000, this is one you'll want to pick up. If you're a fan of Scooby-Doo you'll see that even in a different place and time the gang will get together to save the day. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    The Fandom Post - Richard Gutierrez May 25, 2016

    Scooby Apocalypse has created a new world for Scooby Doo the gang and the beginning is a gruesome one in which we may yet see the full potential of this title. The team of Giffen, DeMattis, Porter and Hi-Fi have introduced us to something which has become enmeshed within popular culture, the end of the world, but to surround such popular characters within this grim atmosphere is a new approach which most would never imagine. The idea is sound and the actors are set, so it is only a matter of time until we see if they will survive within this mystery come true. Scooby-Doo " where are you?? Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    GWW - Cory Anderson May 24, 2016

    The creative team behind this first issue did an amazing job keeping the identity of the Scooby Doo gang constant and familiar while re-vamping a product to be in the here and now. It is great to see that the end product is clearly a Scooby Doo theme with the same tropes as you would expect, just with a more serious and well-illustrated tone. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Crusaders - Shane Tydeman May 31, 2016

    Overall, the first issue provides no punches in terms of action. It is filled with dialogue to introduce each character, tothose who watched the TV like I did. Keep an open mind as it is new and different in appearances " this is not a kids book and it is stimulating for adults. For those too young, this is like Supernatural and the X-Files where the heroes will set out to solve mysteries. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi May 24, 2016

    This is an amazing book both visually and in terms of plot. The creative team is doing a brilliant job with this series thus far and, if the rest of the series is anything like this issue, I’m already a fan. Hopefully we get to see some more action next issue, and I can’t wait for it! This is most definitely a must-read for any and every Scooby-Doo fan. For new fans of the pup and his pals, this is a great place to start. It’s a completely reimagined story, so you don’t have to know a single thing about the franchise to understand what’s going on. There is a lot of talent on this series, and I’m positive this team won’t let us down. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Joseph May 24, 2016

    All in all, Scooby Apocalypse shows much promise and makes for a welcome addition to the pull lists of open-minded readers amid the coming Rebirth storm. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Slackjaw Punks - Duff May 25, 2016

    Now some of you might have nay sayer around; "That's a kids book!" It's their loss, two panels into this book you realize it's a kiddy book, it's the horror/sci-fi infused Mystery Incorporated saga you've dreamt about since you were a kid. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Spartantown - Enrique Rea May 25, 2016

    'Scooby Apocalypse' is an unexpected joy full of smart fun that mixes nostalgia with fresh present day drama. Issue one sets the groundwork for a great adventure and with top-tier talents like Giffen, DeMatteis, Porter, and Hi-Fi behind it, they're giving Scooby and the gang the story they and fans deserve. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Matthew Mueller May 27, 2016

    I have to admit, I didn't hold out much hope for this book when it was announced, but just like Future Quest before it, the team has done an admirable job at bringing some new relevance to these classic characters, and giving fans who love the property something new to bite into. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Critical Blast - Critical Blast Staff Jun 2, 2016

    Creating a modernized version of Scooby Doo is a tricky balance, but Giffen and DeMatteis pulled it off really well here. Some of the character designs leave a lot to be desired, but they function well enough in the story. DC has done some solid work with their Hanna-Barbara revamps. Read Full Review

  • 7.1
    Graphic Policy - Brett May 24, 2016

    The first issue is definitely bold and interesting, I'm just very undecided as to what I think in the end. I'll definitely check out the second issue to see where it goes, but the first issue is more befuddling than exciting for me. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AIPT - Jordan Richards May 24, 2016

    Scooby Apocalypse #1 is an interesting start to what has been a controversial idea to some. It shows promise, gets the characters well enough, got almost all of the setup already out of the way, and has some nice artwork. Though, it suffers from problems in the writing and the art, especially around Velma. Still, this is a series with potential and I look forward to discovering whether or not it succeeds as time goes on, especially now that apocalypse has arrived for the characters. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Capeless Crusader - Andy Gober May 25, 2016

    Despite a few storytelling peculiarities and railroading the plot, Scooby Apocalypse succeeds as a re-imagining of the classic Mystery Inc. gang. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comicsverse - Fabio Castelblanco Jun 2, 2016

    In the end, the comic certainly has a fascinating storylinewith some great scenery.J.M. DeMatteis and Keith Giffen are definitelytalented writers, and their story combined withHoward Porter's artwork makes this comic worth checking out.However, if you read this comic expectingthe Scooby-Doo gang to solve some sort of mystery, then you will be sorely disappointed. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Fortress of Solitude - Rick Austin May 27, 2016

    Clearly there's a long-term plan here; if a comic like Archie can successfully shake up its style then so can Scooby-Doo. The question is whether they've gone too far with this. It looks great and the writing really helps to lay the foundations of the series impressively. Still, whether it's Scooby-Doo at heart or not remains to be seen, and it's hard to tell if it'll catch on with audiences. These points aside, it's well worth a read even if only to satisfy your curiosity. But be warned, this is something new so it'll take time to get to grips with it. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas May 28, 2016

    I would still recommend this to Scooby-Doo fans, I think it's an interesting take on the characters, but you're enjoyment of this interpretation of them may vary. Although we got an origin for Scooby, he still had his lovable personality. Although I didn't love some of the design updates to the characters, Porter's art is really fantastic. Although I didn't love the heavy dose of sci-fi themes in the story, the ending gave me hope for a more traditional take on the characters. So"I'll be back for a second issue and hope that it makes more of a connection with me. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams May 23, 2016

    Ultimately then, against all expectations, Scooby Apocalypse manages to present a bright, lively and creative first issue that while being a little exposition-heavy in places sets the table admirably for the series to come.  And while the Scooby Purists (that's a thing, right?) may balk at the very concept, theres no denying that, when you get right down to it, this is actually a hell of a lot of fun.  Zoinks indeed. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    We The Nerdy - Adeem Khan May 24, 2016

    Overall, Scooby Apocalypse is a surprisingly better book than most expected it to be. While the character designs are still something I'm bitter about and I hope one of the villains they face in this series takes a razor againstShaggy, the characters themselves are just about as I remembered them. There is a lot of promise in this first issue, and I'm excited to see where it heads. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBuzz - murrakmr Jun 30, 2016

    For the most well-known franchise in the Hannah Barbera line, Scooby Apocalypse takes some brave steps in how it presents the characters and in rebooting their world. Based on a concept by Jim Lee, it's probably no surprise that it quite often calls to mind 90s Wildstorm books like Sci-Tech and Divine Right, fans of those books will probably have a lot of fun with this take on the Mystery gang. For everyone else it might take a period of adjustment, but I'm pretty sure there's enough here to tease your interest and bring you back to see where this story is heading. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Gary Moloney May 24, 2016

    There is potential here for a compelling narrative about a group of meddling-kids way in over their heads. It longs to be Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but often forgets that it was the characters and not the concept that made that series work. This has the bones of the classic Scooby Doo underdog story and the talent to execute it, but they need to return to first principles. The creative team has a way to go if they want to earn themselves a Scooby Snack. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Anthony Wendel May 24, 2016

    So there it is. The most wild and off the wall attempt to reinvent Scooby Doo in a while and it sadly comes off as bland. Maybe in the following issues with the plot established there will be more intrigue but for now there doesn't seem to be much substance here. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Lan Pitts May 24, 2016

    Scooby Apocalypse was probably the most controversial of the Hanna-Barbera line when it was announced, as it just comes across as dated. It might have worked a decade ago right as steampunk is passe today, but there is something here that could be molded into actually something good. The last page had me excited for what the creators have in store, but it felt like a chore to get to the best part. That's not how a debut issue should work, and with the marquee names behind this, one would expect more. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Marykate Jasper May 24, 2016

    All told, "Scooby Apocalypse" #1 is an interesting, inoffensive reboot that needs more magic of its own to match the source material. I really wish this first issue had shown more than it told and moved more quickly to its most promising part, but the tone and the pacing just didn't get me excited. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Jun 5, 2016

    Scooby Apocalypse is a reboot that arguably no one wanted. There are some decent ideas in here, and they could stand on their own without being latched on to the Scooby-Doo name. This is an attempt to make this group of mystery solving co-eds and their talking dog cool. By doing so, it's subverting what made them a piece of pop culture to begin with. At no point during this series will Shaggy pull off a monster's mask to reveal an old-man janitor who was behind this all along. Instead, he might lose a limb or be forced to eat one of his friends to survive. Actually, I'd totally read that. At the bare minimum, you can pick up this book to see Velma get compared to Hitler. No joke. Read Full Review

  • 4.7
    Heroes Direct - Adam Fitch Jun 18, 2016

    Overall, this comic book is not a good adaptation of characters every kid loves. The source material has been adapted into a serious style, going against the very style of their world and turning into a ridiculously farfetched post-apocalyptic story. They say you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but in this instance I'd recommend doing so. Read Full Review

  • 4.6
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen May 24, 2016

    Scooby Apocalypse is not a good Scooby-Doo adaptation. It takes the source material far too seriously and builds a needlessly complicated post-apocalyptic sci-fi tale on that foundation. But even if you judge this book strictly on its own merits and not in the context of the Scooby stories that have come before, the book simply isn't very memorable. It focuses too much energy on world-building without actually offering readers a reason to become engaged with the characters. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner May 24, 2016

    I love Scooby-Doo for so many reasons, but unfortunately, none of them are here.  Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis seem more intent on proving they can build a better Scooby, but they left out the most important part...the fun.  Howard Porter's art is outstanding, but it doesn't cover up for the .unlikeable characters and hum drum story.  I had high expectations for this mini series, now I just hope I can get through next issue. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Carl Boehm May 25, 2016

    There are a lot of things that are interesting and some that aren't"and that leaves a reader with a meh feeling. For that reason, I must defer to a real middle-of-the-road score on this one. Nothing really made me want to put the book down, but nothing impressed me. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal May 25, 2016

    The art is good minus the fact that every hipster has been in the gym for their entire life. The story sucks a lot and there's nothing believable about the dialogue. If someone talked for five minutes straight telling you the craziest shit you've ever heard in your life and you didn't stop them and tell them to shut the fuck up, you'd probably find yourself at a comic panel for this very comic and that's the only reasonable excuse for letting ever character rant and not have the other characters interject in a believable way. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Asa Giannini May 25, 2016

    I don't quite understand what's going on with the art in this issue. It's not bad, in a stylized, DC house style sort of way, but every panel is a nearly identically composed shot of the characters talking. It gets so dull and repetitive that I found myself longing for something that would be harder to follow if it would just mean breaking the monotony. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    The Source by SuperHeroStuff - Ethan Supovitz Jun 1, 2016

    So in short,Scooby Apocalypse #1 is not great but also not terrible. There were some good things in this issue but there were just too many negativesoccurringsimultaneously. Unfortunately, this comic was kind of unremarkable and therefore hard for me to recommend it, but if youre really curious I wouldnt stop you either. Just dont go into it expecting the Scooby-Doo youre used to. Will this new Scooby-Doo be a Scooby Dont? Well, maybe well see next issue. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comic Bastards - Justin Wood May 25, 2016

    I'm not going to claim any disappointment here, I already cringed it out from the cover when it was first announced. I will say however I was genuinely surprised by how awful it was, a spectacular landmark in Scooby's library that overshadows any recent projects that come to mind. Don't exchange a cent for this book, but find a good play-by-play review if you can find one online, so you can enjoy the fetid treats in this book from a safe, financially ethical, distance. Read Full Review

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