We are living in an era where the strangest crossovers imaginable are actually being published at an almost alarming rate. I mean, we just got through Archie vs. Predator, in which Riverdale's teenage population had their collective spines ripped out by an alien hunter, and once we've seen that happen, there's not a whole lot that is no longer on the table.

Those books, however, tend to be isolated incidents. DC's digital-first Scooby-Doo Team-Up, on the other hand, is based entirely around that premise, and while they've done team-ups with classic cartoon properties like The Flintstones and Jonny Quest, the most notable stories are always the ones where they're hanging out with super-heroes, and those are getting a whole lot weirder.

So in case you missed it, this week's issue had them teaming up with Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy, and it's pretty great.


Scooby-Doo Team-Up, Chapter 23


That in itself isn't actually unusual. The series started with a Batman team-up that made a whole lot of sense when you consider that the Scarecrow is almost a Scooby-Doo villain already. But with this issue, Sholly Fisch and Dario Brizuela are bringing an entirely new level of charm to the series.

Not to spoil the whole thing, but the plot involves Harley and Ivy luring Mystery Inc. to Gotham because they're being haunted after stealing a cursed opal. Since they can't turn to the person who usually deals with that sort of thing in Gotham City, it's time to turn to a talking dog.


Scooby-Doo Team-Up Chapter 23


It's a great premise with a lot of potential for comedy, and Fisch and Brizuela deliver on it in this first chapter. I used the word charm earlier, and that's exactly what it is --- it's charming, in a way that you don't always see for these characters.

While the hook of the story is great in its own right (and so's the reveal of the actual villain, for that matter) and it's great to see Harley and Ivy's apartment, the best thing about the story might be seeing Brizuela drawing the two villains in the Scooby-Doo style. It's a great little story, and well-worth checking out.

Scooby-Doo Team-Up Chapter 23 is available on Comixology.


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