Before I get into this...odd news story, really allow that headline to sink in. Read every word until you're certain you read it right, because you did...
DC Comics has launched comic book titles based on Hanna-Barbera cartoons before- both DC and H-B have a strong partnership with Warner Bros. So the news that DC Comics is launching several new series based on Hanna-Barbera characters isn't that surprising.
What' surprising is the direction they're apparently taking it. Especially the direction they're taking with everyone's favorite mystery solving meddling kids!
DC Comics is launching titles based on The Flintstones, Wacky Races, Scooby Doo, and Johnny Quest. We don't know much about most of the titles yet, other than the fact that Wacky Races may have a Mad Max-style to it thanks to Mark Sexton, of the designers for [Mad Max: Fury Road](tag:41445)!
But while information may be scarce, there's one thing that we know for certain: Scooby Doo is headed to the apocalypse.
That's right, Scooby and the Mystery Gang are headed to the most dangerous landscape of all time; an apocalyptic Earth! You can see in the picture above, which features a gun-toting Fred and Daphne and a tattooed Charlie Hunn- I mean Shaggy, that the apocalypse has changed the gang.
Scooby Apocalypse is DC's flagship title in their attempt to bring the classic Hanna-Barbera characters that so many generations grew up with to a new day and age, and revitalize them for a new generation.
But even though it might seem like the Scooby we knew and loved is gone, replaced by a bad-ass cybernetic version, the gang is still the same. If you look at the picture, you'll see that the characters still posses their basic attributes.
Shaggy still looks to be the wacky, often hungry and frightened one, Daphne still has the kick-butt attitude she's developed over the years since her first appearance, and Scooby still has mostly food on the brain. Then you have Fred and Velma, who still possess their leader and brainiac personalities respectively. The gang's still the same at its core, even if they've changed everywhere else.
Personally, I'm all for this new iteration of classic Hanna-Barbera properties, especially Scooby Apocalypse! Scooby Doo is a franchise that always changes over time. Maybe not this drastically, but still.
The concept of Scooby Doo is never set in stone, every iteration has had its differences. What stayed the same was the characteristics the gang. It definetely looks like the gang will be going through some changes, but at their very core, they look to be the same.
So even though I find the concept of Scooby Doo trekking across an apocalyptic world weird to say the least, I'm willing to check it out!
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