As I headed back into the comic book store this week there was one comic in particular that caught my eye, and as someone who grew up watching Saturday morning cartoons in the 80’s, had almost all the toys (curse you Mom and Dad not getting me the fire house play set), every color of slime (smelly but oh so cool) and the first “grownup” movie I ever watched, its siren’s call could not be denied. So, without further ado I give you….
Writer: Erik Burnham
Penciller: Dan Schoening
Colorist: Luis Antonio Delgado
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Last time on…..
Alright, this is what I expect in a recap page (well actually it’s two pages): a headshot page if you’re not familiar with all the characters involved, and a brief synopsis – except here we get a little extra as the Ghostbuster’s logo comes to life and fills us in on what our heroes are up to. The Real Ghostbusters from the 80’s cartoon series have been accidentally transported to an alternate dimension by Proteus, a primordial god who is out to capture the Ghostbusters before they catch him. Fortunately, it just so happens to be the same dimension as the Ghostbusters from the movies and video game. I can already foresee problems differentiating between the two groups, a joke I’m sure was made early on in this mini-series.
As this was the last issue of the mini-series, most of the issue deals with defeating Proteus so there wasn’t as much character interaction as I’d like, but if you like seeing the Ghostbusters light’em up you won’t be disappointed. We do get to see a few character moments though: The Real Ghostbusters’ Peter cracks a few jokes that wouldn’t be out of place in the cartoon, the movie Ghostbusters’ Winston shows that he is undoubtedly the heart and undoubtedly the bravest of the team, and The Real Ghostbusters’ Janine dons a proton pack once again to look for her missing friends and saves the day with a little bit of help from Slimer. Speaking of The Real Ghostbusters’ Janine, based on her character design this may have taken place during the first season of the cartoon. What does that have to do with anything? When the Ghostbusters momentarily capture Proteus they all see visions of the future. The movie Ghostbusters see images probably from the Annual coming out later this year and the new series starting in 2016. The Real Ghostbusters see some of the most memorable villains from the cartoon series. Spoilers and continuity nods all in one beautiful splash page! I haven’t read any of the other IDW Ghostbusters series but Burnham seems to have nailed The Real Ghostbusters’ personalities, and (at least from what I can tell from this issue) wove a story that would have been an awesome episode of the cartoon series.
I honestly had to double check to make sure there weren’t two artists on this book. Schoening does a fantastic job of making the movie Ghostbusters and their universe look (for lack of a better term) real. At the same time The Real Ghostbusters are on model the whole issue, Proteus looks like a character that would be designed for the show, and the art shift when they get home is straight out of the cartoon. The only complaint I have is that the movie Ghostbusters’ Kylie and Janine have some serious duck lip action going on. It’s obviously a design choice for these two characters as there are other women that have less exaggerated lips. It’s a minor quibble, but hard to ignore. The one splash page showing the visions was well done, but I wish the Ghostbusters big damn heroes pose was a little bigger.
Coming in at the end of a mini-series is always tough, but this was still a fun read. Plot wise it’s a straightforward story, but sometimes it’s not the destination but the journey and this issue makes me want to go pick up the previous three. Hey, what can I say, I want to see how they pull off the overused same name joke. We get a taste of the movie (or I guess I should say the IDW) Ghostbusters and some of us get to scratch our nostalgia itch. A peanut butter in the chocolate situation: two great tastes in one! I give this 5 proton grenades out of 5.
Digging Through the Long Box
Cross dimensional travel? A group of heroes meeting their mirrored opposites? Too easy. Go check out Excalibur vol. 1 issues #11 through 24. Known as the Cross Time Caper the X-Men team known as Excalibur (Captain Britain, Megan, Nightcrawler, Shadow Cat, and Pheonix) are bounced from dimension to dimension by an unusual robot named Widget. Along the way they encounter different versions of themselves and Great Britain. If you don’t want pick up the whole arc, most of them are one shots and can be read as a self-contained story.