Written by Robert J. Baden, Fanboy Comics Contributor
Tuesday, 23 October 2012 04:34
I’ve never read any Ghostbusters comics before, because I wasn’t sure if I’d be interested in it, but I figured it was worth finally giving it a show—and let me just say, I’m glad I did. The storytelling and artwork were fantastic, and I have a feeling I’m going to investigate more Ghostbusters titles for my future reading. Just what I need, yet another comic series to follow. Darn you, IDW!
Summary (covering all 5 stories)
"The Other Side #1"
The ghosts of long-dead mobsters are meeting to discuss a job when the Ghostbusters kick down the door. During the confrontation, Peter is taken over by one of the mobsters, unwittingly fighting on their behalf against the rest of his team. They knock out the mobster, but Peter’s spirit hasn’t returned to his own body, confusing the others. Later on, the mobsters decide to put a hit out on the Ghostbusters, getting them out of the way of their operations before they become more of a menace.
"Displaced Aggression #1"
In the Old West, Peter is helping out the citizens of a nearby town by taking out coach-robbing ghosts. He explains how he got sent back in time by the father of Gozer the Gozerian, though no one really believes him. He meets a woman who has her own proton pack, a student of Egon’s from their original time period, who has come back to help Peter fight against ghosts until they can track the rest of the group back together.
The Ghostbusters are fighting a lot of spooks, way more than usual, and the media doesn’t seem to be giving them any breaks. During their attempt to track down some poltergeists, they come across “zombies” making their debut in downtown Manhattan, and the proton packs seem to have no effect on them . . . until they explode. More calls come in for the Ghostbuster to handle the zombies, even though they’re not the normal brand of creepy stuff the gang works with.
"What in Samhain Just Happened?!"
The “best-known” name in reality TV production wants his Halloween gala to be spooktacular, when suddenly ghosts and unnatural noises begin appearing on the dance floor . . . making him happy and his workers worried. He wants to hire the Ghostbusters, but they decline due to not wanting to sully their good reputation. Moments later, Janine agrees to be a Ghostbuster for the event due to needing the cash. As usual, she gets in over her head and has to bring in the big guns to fight her battle for her.
"Guess What’s Coming to Dinner?"
The Ghostbusters answer a ghost call on Thanksgiving and find out that the spector turns out to be even more unusual than what they normally encounter.
Because there are five different stories going on in this book, there’s plenty of variety when it comes to the artwork and the writing. It can be a little disconcerting, since you’re going from one page to another and the artwork is vastly different, but it also helps to showcase the talents of more than just one creative team. For those of you prefer one style over the other, it will help you to select which story you like best and concentrate further reading on those particular teams.
Another great aspect is that the characters are very much true to their origins. They act just like how I remember from watching the movies and the cartoons, and even make me want to go back and re-watch them for nostalgic reasons. It’s not always easy to transfer the essence of a character from their original version to a new one, especially when done by different people, but IDW’s writers are doing a great job here.
The only bad thing I really don’t like about this book is that it took the first issue of three different stories. It’s more of a tease to me than actual fulfillment, since one would have to pick up the rest of the stories to find out what happened. I know that’s what intended, from a marketing and sensationalism stand point, but it really does annoy me.