Publisher: IDW Publishing
Writer: Erik Burnham
Artist: Dan Schoening
Release Date: 27th November 2013
Mexican celebration Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) marks the second issue of Ghostbusters ‘Happy Horror Days!’ four issue run. People all over Brooklyn have been making alters to guide home the spirits of lost relatives with some pretty tricky consequences to the ever more in demand Ghostbusters team.
It’s another taught, action packed issue from Burnham and Schoening’s excellent run with these legendary characters. The dialogue, although minimal, is crisp and funny and, when combined with the art, really comes alive with some great comedic expression. We are treated to the usual sharp wit of Venkman but it is Egon that is really starting to shine with some class dialogue of his own. Each of the characters is brilliantly realised and this comic shines as a result.
It must be a strange job chasing after these marauding ghosts; most of the time they are just flying around New York and getting right in everyone’s face. They distract drivers, make a lot of noise and generally just make a scene without causing any real harm but every now and again they really step out of line.
The colours play a big part in this comic with some great “glowing” effects whenever something strange is going on. Set at night, these effects look brilliant against the midnight blue sky. There are, however, a few action scenes that could use an extra panel or two for the sake of fluency.
I continue to be impressed by the pacing of this book. There is just enough progression from issue to issue to keep a reader engrossed in the grand scheme of things. At the same time anyone could pick up this up for the first time and not be disoriented. If you are pining for a new Ghostbusters movie then pick this up instead.
The writer of this piece was: James McQueen