The Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries #4 Review

Scooby and the gang are back, and they’re facing their greatest threat yet- Black Mask! They’ll need some help on this one, and who better than Nightwing and Batgirl?

That’s right sports fans, Nightwing is here!! In a Scooby-Doo comic!! I literally could not be happier. Now, before I spend my entire article gushing about how excited I am to see my favorite boy, let’s jump in!

What’s New, Dynamic Du(o)?

Sholly Fisch returns for this story, and it’s probably my favorite issue yet. Masked criminals have overrun the city, selling “monster insurance” on behalf of Black Mask’s False Face Society, and it’s up to the gang to stop them. The tone is wonderfully whimsical, and there’s plenty here to delight both casual reader and hardcore fan alike.

Also Fred said DickBabs superiority so I guess you DickKori shippers can die mad.

If I had to choose a word to describe this book, it would have to be adorable. Fisch understands what it means to write Dick Grayson in a Scooby-Doo book, and it shows here.

He’s optimistic, quippy, and kind. There’s a wonderful charm to his relationship with Barbara here, too. They really feel not only like capable vigilantes, but like partners who are on the same wavelength. There’s an unspoken bond between them, and I might be reading way too into a children’s comic here, but it’s a kind of characterization you don’t see too terribly often. Masterful work by Fisch.

I couldn’t think of a way to make a Rage Against the Machine joke so just pretend I said something funny about Bulls on Parade

The art in this issue is fantastic as always. Dario Brizuela consistently blends Mystery Inc’s just-off-the-screen look with the more seriously drawn Bat Family in a way that makes the whole world feel seamlessly connected. This Saturday morning cartoon vibe is perfectly enhanced by Franco Riesco’s colors.

Every single panel is vibrant and full of life, jumping off the page to give your eyes the most delicious feast they’ve had in a long time. It’s no secret that I’ve been absolutely in love with this book’s art since issue 1, and I’m so glad it’s maintained that level of quality. I can’t wait to see more.

Recommended if…

  • You have a young reader in your life that you want to get started on comics.
  • Seeing Black Mask makes you as excited as it does me.


I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: this book is Saturday morning incarnate. It shouldn’t be hard to tell if you want to pick this up, but I highly recommend it for any fan of either Batman or Scooby-Doo. This has been an absolutely charming mini, and I’ll be sad to see it go.

Score: 8/10

Disclaimer: DC Comics provided Batman News with an advance copy of this comic for the purpose of this review.