Review – Ghostbusters International #2 – 5 (IDW Publishing)

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Publisher: IDW Publishing
Writer: Erik Burnham
Art: Dan Schoening
Colours: Luis Antonio Delgado
Release Date: 25th May, 2016

I’m not going to go too far into the plot for this first part of the arc, as I really don’t want to spoil it. I will say that it does start off slowly but, given what came before, that’s wholly understandable. The slow start gives new readers time to get on on board, and, given the fact that a new movie is out soon, I would hope that the readership of this series should be increasing.

As I have said in previous reviews, this series is a true masterclass in artwork, storytelling and fan service. Newcomers wont feel excluded and die-hard Ghost Heads will feel the warm embrace of familiar characters in new and exciting scenarios. The ongoing series has allowed the creative team to expand on the characters’ histories and universal lore in a relaxed and progressive manner that feels both natural and authentic. I haven’t seen this level of success before in a licensed book, and doubt I will in many others.

Sony are planning on doing a new Ghostbusters cartoon and if Eric, Dan and Luis aren’t given first crack at it then they have clearly gone off the deep end. The IDW GB series has received unanimous praise from both the comic book and Ghost Head community, so a direct rip of the story should be front and centre of the Ghost Corps leadership.

Although I get to look at digital review copies of this series, I still have to buy the physical copies when they’re released.  They’re just that good. When I eventually get a man cave they will be taking pride of place on my bookshelf, hopefully next to some of Dan’s wonderful artwork.

My biggest concern for the series is that the team will get pulled apart to work on other projects to try and recreate the magic with different titles. I can only hope that the IDW management leave the team alone to continue this wonderful series.

If asked “Are you a God?”, this entire creative team should most definitely say “Yes!”

Overall Score: 5/5.

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13012810_10209079779014221_9172740812625086955_nThe writer of this piece was: David Gladman
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