How many Ghostbusters does it take to bust some major ghosts? Normally, the answer is four. How many is too many? We find out in this finale to the first arc in The New Ghostbusters #4. Not surprisingly, this cartoon in comic form would benefit from being an actual cartoon series.
WRITTEN BY: Erik Burnham
ART BY: Dan Schoening
PUBLISHER: IDW Publishing
RELEASE: May 22nd, 2013
The story mashes up the original Ghostbusters with the new squad as they try to track down their tormentors from the past few issues. The bickering is cute and even the word “horked” comes out which I’ve never seen before. The fights with the supernatural spirits are pretty by-the-book which did not help the dramatic tension of this story.
The art by Dan Schoening is clearly influenced by animation. Each character has its own unique look which helps keep readers straight on who is who. I like that each character does seem to have their own voice and gear, like Janine. Her wrist-mounted blasters, although very super-villain-like, is a good attempt at mixing up the look of a Ghostbuster. It reminds me of the slime-shooters from Ghostbusters 2. As ridiculous as it is, these guys are supposed to be scientists. Scientists invent things so their gear should be evolving from the 1980s classics at some point.
The back-up story is fun as always. It shows some of the ghosts and demons from the animated series from the 1980s-90s and their plotting while contained. It’s a nice device for sub-plots to boil while not taking away from the current storyline. Erik Burnham can write and draw a nice little slice of a story here. Overall, I still feel these creators would better serve Ghostbusters if they animated this comic. Reading a cartoon isn’t as satisfying as watching one so I’m a little underwhelmed by this series. Unless they change up the look entirely, I’ll just be reminded that this was a good show but a marginal comic.
Reviewed by – Your Friendly Neighborhood Brady