Mystery Inc. rejoins the Caped Crusader for a trip down memory lane… to their first case! Watch as young Bruce Wayne gets rejected for detective studies in favor of a pup!

What pup, you ask?

Why, a pup named Scooby-Doo, of course!!

Let’s jump in to this delightfully fun-sized adventure. Listening to the Pup Named Scooby-Doo theme song before or during reading isn’t required, but it is heavily encouraged.

 

There’s a mystery in town!

This issue is adorable. That’s it. That’s the review.

In all seriousness though, my only complaint about this series is that it’s just so consistently good that I have nothing to talk about. I can feel safe with the knowledge that I can pick up every issue of this maxi and have a good time. That’s astounding, especially for a rotating art and writing team. Major props to Sholly Fisch, Scott Jeralds, Carrie Strachan, Wes Abbot, and everyone else who’s worked on this series.

So call the greatest pup around!

The issue focuses on the first case that Batman and the gang ever worked together, way back even before the case in the iconic movie (which I was ecstatic to see get a callback).

Way before Bruce Wayne became Batman, he was looking for detective lessons. Unfortunately for him, the World’s Greatest Detective, Harvey Harris (who some fans might recognize from waaaaaaaaaaaaay back Pre-Crisis), is full up on students: a young Mystery Inc. has come looking for the same thing!

This issue is a wonderful retelling of an old Batman story, one where Bruce Wayne debuted the Robin costume for the first time, with the delightful addition of the young Mystery Inc. Young Daphne in particular is a treat this issue, the running gag with her butler is hilarious, and leads to this gem of an interaction:

Close one there, Bruce.

All of this wacky fun is perfectly accentuated by the art. The style of the young gang is absolutely on point here, and young Bruce’s design is great too. It’s a nice modernization of a prototype Robin costume, not overtly Robin, but close enough to get the point across. Fantastic work as always by the creative team.

Recommended if…

  • You have a young reader in your life.
  • This series continues to capture your heart after 6 issues.
  • Come on. You know if you want to buy it. Nothing I say will change that.

Overall

This issue continues the series’ streak of absolute charmers that are perfect for kids. I love this book so much.

Score: 9/10


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