With the sad passing of Harold Ramis, any hopes of a proper Ghostbusters sequel are now surely over, but IDW’s series is as good a second option as we’re going to get.
In fact, it’s hard to imagine a movie sequel getting it *quite* so right. Eric Burnham has crafted a script that gets every beat spot on, from the individual voices of each character to the fine balance of humour and horror, this is the Ghostbusters that we all know and love.
This massive tome covers all 16 issues of IDW’s first volume of the series and it’s a joy from start to finish.
Set after “that business with the Statue Of Liberty”, the opening arc reintroduces us to the Ghostbusters and their world, one where Walter “Dickless” Peck is back on his job and Gozer is planning on making yet another comeback.
With so many familiar elements being thrown back into the mix, it would be easy for this to sound like an idea-free zone, big nothing could be further from the truth. Without getting too spoilery, everything and everyone is there for a reason and you’re glad they are. Even the offhand continuity references raise more chuckles than they do groans. Oh and there’s even room for a John Belushi cameo. Oh, yes.
After the introductory arc, it’s business as usual for the Ghostbusters, coming up against a Who’s Who of American supernatural folklore, with appearances from Ancient Manitou, General Wayne and his troop of Civil War soldiers and Marie Laveau, voodoo Queen of New Orleans.
Burnham gets the scripting pitch-perfect, absolutely nailing each character’s personality and mannerisms. Venkman’s droll sarcasm, Ray’s excitable puppy dog, Egon’s quirkiness and Winston’s pragmatic down to earth Everyman are all expertly recreated here.
The art is uniformly cartoony, with a cohesive style applied by Dan Schoening, but the animated look can still convey the horror when it needs to all the while suiting the more amusing elements too.
If you’re remotely a Ghostbusters fan, you need this in your life. Even if you aren’t, you still do.
Comics don’t get much more fun than this. Outstanding.
The writer of this piece was: Jules Boyle