Comic Review: Ghostbusters #1

As Zaius is still troubled by a man called Taylor over at Escape From Tomorrow (he mentioned something about brain surgery...?), I'm posting this review of IDW's new ongoing comic series Ghostbusters, here on my blog.

Two of my favourite comic houses at the moment has to be Dynamite Entertainment and IDW. Both are producing some really good titles and doing it consistently, just how comics should be done! This month my reading pile was joined by the new ongoing series of Ghostbusters by IDW.

Ongoing series?

Yes!

Not a mini series or a new Infestation (well, there is one of those, but it has nothing to do with this new series) but an ongoing series of the brilliant Ghostbusters!

Here is the solicitation from IDW:

Are you troubled by strange noises in the middle of the night? Do you experience feelings of dread in your basement or attic? Have you or any of your family ever seen a spook, spectre or ghost? If the answer is yes, call the professionals!

Psychokinetic energy is on the rise again, business is booming for the boys, and Ray is troubled by what could be a prophetic dream… Is this an ill omen of an upcoming apocalypse, or just a little indigestion? These questions and more are raised in the first issue of the all-new, ongoing GHOSTBUSTERS!

Okay, so there you have it. Picking up Ghostbusters wasn't a long thought out process for me. I just dropped the awful Action Comics by DC (It is very weird, I seem to be one of very few who didn't like this one) and while I was aimlessly browsing my comic shop's online store wondering what to fill that gap in my monthly subscription with, my son was watching Ghostbusters on the TV on one of its many outings and at that very moment an email popped in my inbox listing some up and coming titles. There, right at the top of the list, was the announcement of the new ongoing Ghostbusters series – coming soon!

What the hell, right?

I like the first film (scrub that: LOVE the first film), the cartoon my son watches (and I used to watch as a kid!!) isn't that bad. What have I got to lose? $3.99! I spend that on sweets at the weekend.

For about the time it takes you to read this sentence I mulled it over and placed the order. Ghostbusters is not something that I would normally look to read, but how bad could it be?

The answer?

Not bad at all. In fact very good!

I think I started out trying not to like the Ghostbusters comic from the moment I added it to my subscription. Yet I can't help but like it. The cartoon styled art, even though on a quick glance made me roll my eyes, is perfectly for the story and once I started reading it grew on me really quickly, by about panel two on page one in fact.

The writing (again I wondered would it just be monster/ghost of the week?) is spot on! It is fun, witty, has a good direction and has some very clever moments, and the dialogue could be right out of the film. I'm happy to pay $3.99 for it too. Not only do you get the main story, a short story and some concept art – but NO adverts scattered randomly throughout to pull you out of the story! That last point alone is worth the cover price.

In fact Ghostbusters is a really good comic and by the time I had finished reading this first issue I was already thinking about issue #2 and where IDW are taking the series. My only concern is with the introduction of Slimer, the green ghost the eats all the food from the hotel at the start of the first film who became the, 'Scrappy Doo' of the Ghostbusters cartoon TV show. Now I hope, as things are unclear in the first issue, that they just hit him with the Ghosterbuster packs and stick him in a trap – for good! Only time and the second issue will tell and I can see this becoming a sticking point for me should the little spud hang about as a poor comedy sidekick.

A well deserved 3.5 out of 5 stay puff marshmallow monsters!


Ghostbusters #1




Written by Erik Burnham
Art and Cover by Dan Schoening
Colours by Luis Antonio Delgado
PCOC Pages by Tristan Jones
Letters by Shawn Lee
Published by IDW



*How my ratings work: 1: Awful, 2: Passable, 3: Good, 4: Brilliant, 5: Knocked it Out of the Park!  

Comments

  1. Hi Erik, I should be thanking you! It is about time someone created some cool Ghostbusters stories, and this is it! Looking forward to reading a lot more.

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