Trying to make ghost busting sexy is like trying to cram more chocolate into into a chocolate chip chocolate muffin: nice idea but overkill and unnecessary. The new team goes on its first case this issue in Central Park. Our lady-centric Busters fight their way into relevance and some ghosts as well in The New Ghostbusters #2.
WRITTEN BY: Erik Burnham
ART BY: Dan Schoening
RELEASE: 13 March 2013
The point of making things sexy to boost popularity is well made as the ladies are forced to wear Hooters-ish versions of the classic Ghostbuster uniforms. The writing by Burnham in this issue has the same biting humor I recall from the cartoon series. This series feels like a continuation of that version in its art by Shoening as well as its dialogue. Bonus points for that!
Another nice touch I’m enjoying is the back-up feature of what goes on to the ghosts once they’ve been busted. The walking tour is a great gallery of past ghosts and the great creative visuals that animated series used so well. All that plus the Stay Puft Marshmellow Man.
My only wish is that these chapters were longer. I went through these first two issues so quickly that I felt it was half of a regular episode. Perhaps that’s my preference nowadays as I’ve become more accustomed to trade paperbacks. If the creators can find a better balance between the talking and the action, I’ll feel more satisfied. Until then, I’ll keep my fingers crossed…but not the streams. You never cross the streams!
Reviewed by – Your Friendly Neighborhood Brady