Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Reddit Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin Share on Tumblr What’s next for Mystery Incorporated in the comic book medium? With those meddling kids, anything is possible! In 1969, the beloved franchise started with a group of teens and a talking dog, solving mysteries and eating Scooby Snacks. Today, Scooby-Doo and the gang are everywhere; in cartoons, film, and, yes, even comic books. Let’s check out what the Scooby gang is up to now in the comics, and what could be next for future comics publications. What’s New Scooby-Doo? Image courtesy of DC Entertainment. Currently, DC is publishing three Scooby-centric comics. First, there’s SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? Featured in this series is the wholesome comedy the brand is known for. In terms of artwork and plot, each issue is reminiscent of the style from the original cartoons. Based on the classic Saturday morning entertainment, this comic is meant for a younger readership. Another bi-monthly comic book is SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP. Written for an audience of all ages, every story centers around the Scooby gang working together with other DC and Hanna-Barbara characters. Some of the more notable crossovers include Batman, the Teen Titans, the Flintstones, and the Jetsons. In an effort to reinvent the Hanna-Barbara characters for a new generation of readers, SCOOBY APOCALYPSE throws the gang into a post-apocalyptic world. In order to survive, they must defend themselves against real monsters. Unlike other Scooby centered publications, SCOOBY APOCALYPSE has more gore and a darker tone, earning the title a “TEEN PLUS” rating. So, with SCOOBY APOCALYPSE being the most radically different of the comics under the Scooby brand, what’s next for Scooby-Doo? Is it possible that Scooby and the gang could explore another genre or storyline altogether? Let’s look at some potential ideas for future comic books. Hard-Boiled Detectives IT ALWAYS RAINS ON A SUNDAY (1947). Who doesn’t love a good murder mystery? Remember those classic detective films from the forties and fifties? Imagine a film noir transformed into a comic. The Scooby gang as gritty, hard-boiled detectives! Functioning as private-eyes, the story could involve more serious crimes, like murder. With the line between right and wrong blurred, a mystery comic like this has the potential for an intriguing plot line. Similar to the work of Raymond Chandler, this could be a comic that pays homage to iconic investigators from detective fiction. The artwork in the series would emphasize smokey, shadowy streets in an urban setting. Instead of being a bunch of kids chasing costumed crooks around a haunted house, the characters have room to evolve into real detectives solving serious cases. Ghost Hunters In SCOOBY APOCALYPSE, the gang fights against real monsters in an apocalyptic world. However, most of the humor in that series is missing. What if the Scooby-Doo crew went up against another supernatural force, like actual ghosts? Now, I’m not talking about Old Man Jenkins with a sheet over his head. Undoubtedly, it would be cool to see the team as ghost hunters, catching real spirits! Velma could even be in charge of building spirit tracking technology. So lighthearted comedy has always been a big part of the Scooby-Doo brand. That wholesome comedy paired with battling poltergeists would be an interesting balance between humor and horror. Similar to the GHOSTBUSTER movies, it’s a comic that’s also a supernatural comedy. This idea would definitely entertain a wide audience. Detective Chimp Image courtesy of DC Entertainment. Think Scooby-Doo is the only mystery-solving, talking animal out there? Think again! First appearing in 1985, Detective Chimp is an intelligent chimpanzee who has aided many DC heroes in solving puzzles and combating mystic anomalies. Recently, he’s made several appearances in comics such as DARK NIGHTS: METAL and JUSTICE LEAGUE: DARK. Actually, the Scooby gang has worked alongside Detective Chimp before. In SCOOBY-DOO! TEAM-UP! #42, the primate makes a guest star appearance when villainous gorillas try taking over a city. So imagine an ongoing crossover comic featuring Mystery Incorporated and Detective Chimp. Both animals each have a signature sense of humor, and both know a thing or two about solving a mystery. Who knows, maybe they can share a box of Scooby Snacks together while solving a case? An ongoing series that follows the gang working together with Bobo. Why hasn’t this series happened already? RIVERDALE Based on the Archie comics of the same name, RIVERDALE is a teen drama TV series currently airing on the CW. On the show, the idealistic, quiet town of Riverdale turns into a twisted, chilling place. If a darker plot with the Archie characters can be successful, then why not try with the Scooby gang? The group could explore Coolsville, their hometown, and uncover the dark truth behind their picture-perfect town. Visually, a comic like this could be whimsical and creepy-looking all at once. For a slightly older audience, the team’s appearance would have a more mature look. Also, within the team, relationships and drama could create interesting new dynamics. Seriously, throw the gang into a story full of sex, murder, mystery, and teen angst. Clearly, if it worked for Archie and friends, then a Riverdale-esque comic of Mystery Incorporated can work too.A New Scooby Gang Image courtesy of DC Entertainment. Now, hear me out for a minute. I’m not suggesting Hanna-Barbera get rid of Fred, Daphne, Velma, and Shaggy. Of course, they will always be iconic characters. Yet, with a modern day Mystery Incorporated, it would be a great opportunity to promote diversity with a group of teens that showcased different ethnic backgrounds and sexual orientations. In the end, the original Scooby gang boils down to common character archetypes, like the leader and the smart one. Reinvented characters could fill the roles of the original cast. Perhaps the old Scooby gang could act as mentors to junior sleuths. Think about it. For today’s audience, a whole new generation of meddling kids. Also, they could inherit the Mystery Machine, explore haunted houses, and solve cases. How awesome would that be? Jinkies! With Mystery Incorporated, the possibilities are endless. They’re a versatile group of characters that can fit into just about any genre and time period. So, what do you think should be next for the Scooby-Doo crew in future comics? Let us know in the comments, the folks here at ComicsVerse would love to hear your ideas!