Sure, he can talk, but Scooby-Doo really isn't a superpowered dog. Nevertheless, Superman's dog, Batman's dog and a bunch of other canine crusaders need his specific set of skills to help figure out some spooky doings when a "Doggone Crisis" kicks off in Scooby-Doo Team-Up #35. Written by Sholly Fisch, with art by Dario Brizuela, Franco Riesco and Saida Temofonte, the issue is the latest instalment of the weekly digital-first series which has paired the Mystery, Inc. crew with cartoony versions of various characters from the DC Universe. Dig this cover and opening gag from a while back:
Scooby-Doo Team-Up #35 begins with the gang cleaning up the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse thwarted with the help of Wonder Dog, the Super Friends mascot who ranks up there as one of the dumbest animal sidekicks ever. But Fisch and crew instantly make it seem like Wendy and Marvin's pup has hidden depths…
The appearance of Krypto and Ace the Bathound is soon followed by the arrival of G'Nort, the goofy man-dog Green Lantern who tested the Justice League's patience back in the 1990s.
They make a short space jaunt with G'Nort to a planet in the Canis Major system where another team of super-dogs called the Space Canine Patrol Agents (SPCA) battles evil cats.
The best thing about this opening chapter is how it pays homage to the Silver Age JSA/JLA team-ups of old.
Heroes from different walks of life meet, team up, encounter a new group of characters and then set to resolving a deeper mystery of cosmic proportions.
As to be expected with anything Scooby-centric, there's a punny stripe of humour throughout the whole thing. I also like how the powers and codenames of the SPCA and their enemies evoke the simpler character creation aesthetic of the Golden Age: Kitty Hawk is a cat with wings, Hot Dog a dachshund with pyrokinetic powers and so on and so forth. I went into this issue thinking it'd just feature loopy usage of old pet sidekicks, but it feels like Fisch is doing more than that, making a little dog-park pocket continuity of animal characters. Fingers crossed that Streaky the Super-Cat shows up.