The Scooby-Doo Christmas Comics Caper: Happy Harley-Daze (Scooby-Doo Team-up # 21)
Jim: Glad to be collaborating with you again, my friend, especially on a topic like this. I am a big fan of the Scooby-Doo team-ups with DC characters. They’re very well written, and it’s always amusing seeing the Mystery Inc. gang play off such famous heroes and villains. Apparently, the popularity of these comics got someone at Warner Bros. to notice since the last Scooby movie appeared to place the team firmly in the DC Universe with a cameo from long-time Batman villain Scarecrow. Like you, I’m not the biggest fan of Harley. I think she works well in small doses, and obviously when the writer knows how to handle her (such as in the recent series “Harleen” which shows Dr. Quinzel’s descent into madness). But like her ex the Joker, she’s been seriously overused and overexposed in recent years, to the point that many people are getting tired of her antics. Call it the Deadpool effect, if you will. Thankfully for this issue, writer Sholly Fisch knew how to properly portray Harley so that she steals the show gracefully without becoming irritating, and has a proper balance with the Scooby gang rather than hogging the spotlight for herself throughout the issue. Though as you said, it was a bit strange to see her in the traditional B:TAS outfit again. When I read it my mind kept switching between Arleen Sorkin and Tara Strong’s voice for her dialogue.
Jim: It should be noted that this is Harley’s second appearance in the Team-Up series. The first time she was part of an ensemble with the rest of the Gotham City Sirens (Poison Ivy and Catwoman). Let’s see how she fares in her solo debut
3 thoughts on “The Scooby-Doo Christmas Comics Caper: Happy Harley-Daze (Scooby-Doo Team-up # 21)”
Seems like an odd choice for a crossover but it’s good it wasn’t as bad as I would expect it too.
Believe me, this was far from the strangest Scooby Doo crossover.
Like Jim said, this barely scratches the surface the surface of odd for this series. Especially since the final issues do a Into The Scooby-Verse thing