Friday, March 18, 2011

Ghostbusters: The Other Side - Review

The Ghostbusters get Busted

When Peter, Egon, Ray, and Winston breakup a meeting of the otherworldly criminal underworld, they become targets of the four biggest dead crime bosses in history! With Venkman displaced from his body and the other Ghostbusters shot down in a back alley by ghosts wielding real machine guns, they all end up in purgatory while the spirit of a dead gangster roams around in Venkman's body. Can the Ghostbusters escape purgatory and stop the underworld deals of Capone and his cronies?

Written by Keith Champagne and illustrated by Tom Nguyen, this four issue mini-series was a quick and fun read. It had all the musings of a great ghostly tale, and the characters rang true to their movie counterparts. One thing that I really enjoyed was the evolution of Winston. Apparently while he's been working with the boys in grey, he's been inspired to go to school to get a PhD in Para-Psychology. I think that it's a wonderful way to further the character. Winston has always been the working man of the group, the eyes through which the normal person sees these situations. By making him further study into his trade, the character becomes even more believable.

What I didn't like about the book was the stance that it took on Heaven and Hell. It made the two different realms known in the series and I always felt that it was something that wasn't supposed to be addressed in these stories.

The tone is still a mix of realistic characters but with the plot lines geared more toward the cartoons. That being said, the violence definitely puts it over it's Saturday morning counterparts.

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