Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Ghostbusters #8 - Review


WRITER: Erik Burnham

ARTIST: Dan Schoening

COLORS: Luis Antonio Delgado

LETTERS: Neil Uyetake

EDITOR: Tom Waltz


PRICE: $3.99

RELEASE DATE: April 18th, 2012

The recent spikes in PKE activity have been continuing, even after the Ghostbusters stopped the recent return of Gozer. As Egon spends days and nights trying to figure out the cause of the increasing spiritual energy, what he finds turns out to be more horrifying to him than anything he’s ever encountered before – a problem he doesn’t know how to solve!

When I reviewed the first trade of this new ongoing series from IDW, I talked about its ability to build and expand on the world of the original films and recent video game. This issue continues that new tradition and makes me appreciate the Ghostbusters franchise even more, which I thought wasn’t even possible. Ghostbusters has some of the most loyal fans in terms of film, comedy, and science fiction, and this series is the most faithful entry into its lexicon.

Erik Burnham and Dan Schoening are the perfect team when it comes to writing and drawing these iconic characters on the printed page. Each panel is filled with classic quips, true-to-character reactions and dialogue, and beautiful cartooning. The pacing is well executed, the story is captivating, and there’s even a wonderful extra story in the back about Tobin, Vigo, and Death.

Ghostbusters has always had a rich universe to explore; it’s just taken a team with a good pair of creative pickaxes to dig it up. Burnham and Schoening are tying all of the events of the movies and game together to make a continuity that’s fun, engaging, and deepens the mythology that these characters inhabit. While most licensed comic book adaptations simply use the characters they’re given, this book actually builds upon them and makes them better.

This issue gets a solid 5/5. And, before I forget to mention, I absolutely love the cover for this issue.

1 comment:

  1. I love IDW and their adaptations of Ghostbusters and Doctor Who, but 3.99?