Two years ago, DC Comics kicked off a radical reinvention of the Hanna-Barbera characters with Scooby Apocalypse, a post-apocalyptic take on Scooby-Doo and the entire gang from Mystery Incorporated. Within this world, the monsters were all too real, as Scooby, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne, and Velma tried to stay alive alongside a few of the other human survivors. It’s not exactly The Walking Dead, but the book did successfully establish its stakes and its characters. Now, the ride is over for one of the original heroes.
SPOILER ALERT: This post includes the big reveal and secrets of Scooby Apocalypse #25
In Scooby Apocalypse #25, writers Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis teamed with artist Ron Wagner for a story that chronicled the final hours of Fred Jones, the longtime leader of the group. However, the issue took place largely from the perspective of Daphne Blake, as her subconscious attempted to come to terms with her loss by creating an apparition of Fred whom she could speak to.In this world, Daphne isn’t a damsel in distress, she’s a warrior who has protected Fred and the rest of the characters from the horrors they have encountered along the way. This is the first time that Daphne has failed to protect her friends, and it hits even harder because she and Fred had decided to get married.
Fred perished when he and Daphne were trapped inside an abandoned mall with monsters who were using it as a breeding ground. Daphne and Fred put up a good fight, but they missed one of the young monsters at a critical moment. Fred pushed Daphne away from the creature, and he was mortally wounded as a result.
While Daphne’s visions of Fred were likely all in her head, the final pages do hint at Fred’s actual spirit saying goodbye to his friends as they go to recover his body from the monsters’ lair.
Fred may really be gone for good, and that leaves the remaining Scooby gang with some intriguing story possibilities. Who is going to step up and fill the void left by Fred? And who’s going to be the next to fall? Because if Fred can die, none of the human characters are safe. We’re convinced that only Scooby is guaranteed to survive the Scooby Apocalypse series.
Scooby Apocalypse #25 is available now in comic stores everywhere.