Shadowman vs Plasticman

Suggested by Sonic Shadowman is a pretty skilled navi. He was able to easily overpower Megaman and would have won if not for Searchman. While Plasticman is perfect for evading attacks and landing good counter blows in, his lack of speed will hurt him quite a lot. Shadowman’s all about precise hits so Plasticman won’t be able to dodge for long and his durability isn’t great against stabbing moves. Ultimately this will be a rather one sided battle in favor of the ninja. Shadowman wins.

Scooby Doo Team Up Volume 5 Review

It’s time to look at another volume of the Scooby Doo Team Up series. With a lot of the bigger heroes already accounted for this volume mostly focuses on the less known heroes. That being said, these guys are mainly household names, but just not in the same league as the big 7. As always it’s a fun collection with a lot of fun moments and good pacing. By now you will likely know if this series is your style or not, but I’d definitely recommend it.

The first story has Green Arrow and Green Lantern show up. They have been travelling across America trying to find out what the true nature of the country is. Unfortunately their findings have not been all that positive as of yet and they believe that things aren’t going well for the country. Fortunately the Mystery Inc is here to solve a case and along the way they will remind the heroes that there is always hope. Can this band of adventurers and heroes really help this village visit the outside world though? Yes, part of the plot is that a group of people have secluded themselves in a little village and refuse to go to the outside world but now they are being haunted.

It’s a good first story although the whole thing is definitely a little odd. First off, Green Arrow is just really out of character here. He’s constantly being a pessimist and can’t stop thinking about politics. I also wasn’t crazy about the resolution of the story here. Basically the ghosts were the kids of these people who were trying to scare them into going back to town. The reason is that they moved away but are now lonely without their parents. I mean…they could just visit the parents right? It seems like they wanted everything to go their way and it is never necessarily pointed out that this is the wrong approach. The kids just seemed very entitled.

Then we have a crossover with a Kung Fu dog that I’ve never heard of. Essentially the gang are being attacked by fire breathing dragons who know Kung Fu. Scooby Doo and the gang are usually prepared for anything, but for once they have met their match. That’s why calling in the dog made sense, but unfortunately he doesn’t know how to fight and the Kung Fu was all a sham. I feel bad for fans of this character. Fortunately Daphne knows how to fight which ultimately helps the team make it through this adventure. It’s a reasonable comic although I can’t say that I’m a big fan of the dog. If he can’t really fight then I don’t see how he will be able to help anyone.

A pretty fun story features a bunch of obscure groups. They solve mysteries under the sea, in space, etc. All of the groups have similar costumes and egos. This one is pretty strong because the group ends up insulting the Mystery Inc’s effectiveness so naturally this starts a rivalry. Even if this should be pretty lopsided in favor of the team that can actually fight I always like to see the Mystery Inc talk tough. Fred certainly doesn’t back down from a challenge. If Shaggy and Scooby weren’t constantly embarrassing the team I’m sure their rep would be even better than it currently is. By the end the group managed to pull their own weight though and it was fun seeing all of the obscure DC teams. They all seemed pretty likable and I wouldn’t mind seeing more of them.

Typically in all of these stories the heroes are teaming up with DC fighters who are much stronger and better equipped to handle a situation. This next story is the first exception to that. There are a group of alley cats who are always causing trouble. This time they have pretended to make a ghost to scare off the cops. Fortunately this cop is pretty smart and calls in the main characters. They decide to solve the case which puts the cats in a pretty bad spot. Things get worse when the Real Estate agents show up to make a mess of the situation. It’s pretty nice to see Fred and the gang get to tackle some actual ghosts here since that’s their area of expertise. You could argue that they controlled the pace and tempo of this case.

Then we’ve got a story that takes place in the distant past. It turns out that there was an original Mystery Inc who worked in the Wild West. They were called in to deal with a monster, but there is also a fugitive of the law in this place who is being hunted by Cinnamon and Jonah Hex. The guy seems innocent though so the Mystery Inc may have to step in. It’s certainly interesting to see the group operating in the past even if it may seem like a bit of a stretch. I suppose it’s the only way they could team up with someone like Jonah Hex though so it’ll have to do. I’ve never heard of Cinnamon, but it’s hard to tell if she’s real or fake. I’m personally thinking that it may be the latter.

Plasticman also shows up. His sidekick was tricked by a fortune teller into thinking that his days are numbered so naturally he is spooked. Fred and the gang don’t believe that the magic was real since they don’t believe in the supernatural but as bad things continue to happen Shaggy and Scooby lose their nerve once more. It’s a fun enough story and I suppose it’s good for some of the guest stars to be spooked so it’s not always Shaggy and Scooby making their group look bad. Plasticman’s abilities are also pretty useful when he uses them right which the comic has him do.

The art is pretty good for all of the comics and is part of what makes the collection so fun to read. The art is very streamlined and everyone has their iconic designs. You can glance at a page and instantly know what is happening. The art is very clear and the colors are vibrant. Each issue has good pacing and writing within so that each story is able to be told without feeling rushed. As the collection contains 5-7 comics it’s also a pretty good value. I hope to see many more Scooby Doo Team Up volumes.

Overall, Scooby Doo Team Up is a fun series. It’s a nice crossover series that gets to put the Mystery Inc in a lot of crazy situations. While they may not always be very well equipped to handle a situation you always have to give them credit for trying. These issues could easily work as normal episodes in the show which is probably the whole point. It shows that the comic writers know what they are doing here. If you haven’t checked this volume/series out then I definitely recommend fixing that. Everything is basically on point here.

Overall 7/10

Flatman vs Plasticman

Suggested by Destroyer Nothing against Flatman but he was never quite as impressive as Plasticman. Plastic Man has helped to save the world from many opponents over the years and even Superman has acknowledged his abilities. Although both fighters have similar abilities, Plasticman is far more versatile with them. His experience will also help lead him to victory. Plasticman wins.

Plasticman vs Cell

Plasticman returns, but he’s up against a foe who was even able to defeat Goku in a fight. Plasticman has always wanted to help out the League in a big way, but securing the win here will be impossible. He’s just not in the same league as Cell and he can’t hope to escape either. This is the definition of a complete win and Cell’s road to success won’t falter here. Cell wins.

Megaman SF vs Plasticman

Plasticman used to be one of the more popular Justice League members, but he has really faded from the limelight in recent years. His plastic gimmick is pretty interesting, but it really won’t help him defeat Megaman SF. Megaman has taken out foes who could move at incredibly high speeds and Plasticman will seem to be moving with the speed of a snail in comparison. One charge shot should end this. Megaman SF wins.

Plasticman vs Dr Doom

Plasticman is back, but if you thought it was for a win you may want to take a step back. Dr Doom has powers beyond Plasticman’s wildest dreams. Dr Doom has the power of Odin and Wolverine’s skeleton. With these abilities not even Plasticman can take him down. Plasticman drops down the rankings again. Dr Doom wins.

Yusei vs Plasticman

Well it has begun. The rise of Yusei. Plasticman may be made of plastic but he can’t handle Speed Warrior. Speed Warrior is one of Yusei’s weaker monsters so if Plasticman can’t beat him it’s over. Yusei also has Jump Syncron which can syncro summun Jump Warrior. Amongst that Yusei knows hand to hand combat and has a barrier. Yusei could beat Plasticman without his cards. Yusei wins.

Plasticman vs Elongated Man

Plasticman and Elongated Man are very similar in many ways. Too Similar. They are both mirror images of themselves. Plasticman got more popular but I don’t really see much of a difference. I guess I also like him more. Plasticman wins this match of stretchables because he has more experience. Plasticman wins.