Scooby-Doo! and the Creepy Cruise

Authors: Various
Artists: Various
Titan Books
RRP 3.99
ISBN 1 84023 884 4
Available 21 May 2004

It's time for Phantasmagorical fun with that cowardly cartoon canine - Scooby-Doo! Join Scooby and his gang of sleuthing sidekicks as they set off to uncover more monstrous mysteries, ghostly goings-on and creepy crimes...

Scooby-Doo! and the Creepy Cruise is an odd title for this collection as none of the stories feature a cruise.

The artwork is pretty good - with all characters looking exactly like their TV versions - except Vince Deporter's opening story which offers a slightly personalised version of the Scooby gang.

The stories are your standard Mystery Inc. affair - with the ghost being revealed at the end. However, I loved the way that the writers had attempted to drag the stories into the 21st Century. High School Ghoul, for example, has the team returning to their old High School - where all the kids dress in trendy gear. Sadly, Fred and the gang still dress as though they have stepped out of the '60s.

The jokes are as funny as the TV series ever was - yes, that bad - but to be honest, this is a pretty good collection of stories. The fact that this is a mini graphic novel also means that it is ideal for the smaller reader.

Amber Leigh

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