Scooby-Doo is one of the most well known and instantly recognizable cartoons in history, and if you're someone who doesn't like change, maybe avert your eyes now. In a drastic reimagining, DC Comics has produced a new strip called Scooby Apocalypse.
The graphic novel, which will launch this month, will place Scooby, Fred, Daphne, Velma, and "Shaggy" in a dystopian world, where they have to fight real monsters. Although the prospect is interesting, there's one undeniable issue we need to highlight:
Shaggy Doesn't Look Like Shaggy
The placid stoner we all know and love has been transformed into a tattooed and bearded hipster. This isn't something that has been lost on the creators. In an interview with TV Guide, DC Entertainment co-publisher Jim Lee, who produced the front cover, said:
"We knew it would be controversial. All these people saying, 'it's horrible, [Shaggy]'s a d-bag,' and I say, 'wait...you look like this guy!' It's an unusual look, but it's to show he's visually distinct from the others, and not part of the mainstream."
In a way, the depiction highlighting Shaggy's distinction as non "mainstream" is the modern equivalent of "down with the kids," but we'll give Lee a break; the series, which will explore the origin of the gang, does look like good fun.
Scooby Apocalypse is one of a number of Hanna-Barbera crossovers, which will eventually include Flintstones, Future Quest, and Wacky Raceland.
What do you think of Shaggy's new look?
Source: TV Guide