Review – Ghostbusters 101 #1 (IDW Publishing)

Publisher: IDW Publishing
Writer: Erik Burnham
Artist: Dan Schoening, Luis Antonio Delgado (colours)
Release Date: 22nd March 2017

The next chapter in the IDW Ghostbusters universe starts this week, and I’m happy to report that it’s off to a superb start.

As should be expected from those familiar with IDW’s previous Ghostbusters titles, this latest series manages to balance humour, fan service and natural-feeling exposition  while still packing a decent amount of story into the limited page count and laying the ground work for the future.   Honestly, Erik, Dan and Luis continue to astound me with just how seamlessly the work together and how smoothly they unfold the stories they’re telling.

This issue starts off with the IDW GB team getting themselves into trouble with the EPA. This time however, even Peck is worried as the fine will close the company completely. It must truly be the end of the world, because Peck actually likes Venkman’s idea to get out of the situation. Meanwhile, Kylie shows the new recruits the inter-dimensional portal created in the TMNT crossover. And, as she closes the doorway we get to see she that she has connected to the “Answer The Call” universe.

We find Patty and Holtzmann out on a bust, Abby and Erin discussing a large PKE spike they have been experiencing and Kevin, well, being Kevin. We also get our first glimpse at Kevin’s dog Mike Hatt who looks less than impressed, to say the least.

Without delving into the realm of spoilers, let’s just summarize by say that Ghostbusters 101 features more of the same greatness that we’ve all come to expect from a truly great creative team who continue to be at the absolute top of their game.  This initial issue already has me desperately craving the next one. Just go out and buy it.  Now.

Rating: 4/5.

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13012810_10209079779014221_9172740812625086955_nThe writer of this piece was: David Gladman
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