Review – Ghostbusters: Crossing Over #6 (IDW Publishing)

Publisher: IDW Publishing
Writer:  Erik Burnham
Artist: Dan Schoening
Colours: Luis Antonio Delgado
Lettering: Neil Uyetake
Release Date: 1st August 2018

Things are getting dire. The Ghostbusters from across the multiverse are battling to recapture the greatest ghost they have ever faced. But the battles are taking its toll. One team competes in a deadly game of chess for the fate of Egon Spengler, another battles a team of Ghostbusters possessed by the Headless Horseman, while some of our other heroes fight a classic villain that long-time fans will be familiar with. Oh, and a god that nearly costs the Ghostbusters everything has returned and seems to be planning her next move, and where the embodiment of chaos goes… a lot of overtime is waiting for the Ghostbusters.

If you read my review of the previous issue, you already know of my love for this series. In short, I’ve been a fan forever and I absolutely love this creative team. That said, my previous niggling concerns flare up more than ever in this issue. This book is in no way friendly for new readers. For instance, this latest issue brings in characters and plot elements from the beginning of the run almost 10 years ago. So yes, If you’re a new fan you should probably start reading at Ghostbusters International.  But for those of us who have been here as long as me, this is yet another spectacular outing.

Despite knowing that almost every character can and will escape this comic unharmed, the series still manages to deliver a good amount of tension as the stakes get progressively higher. The team starts taking injuries and things start getting desperate and It’s truly interesting to see how Erik Burnham thinks up new and unique way to get the Ghostbusters out of trouble. As a long-term fan this is definitely a series that rewards your investment.

I know it did the same thing last time, but I’m going to once again praise Dan Schoening and Luis Antonio Delgado for their magnificent art and colours which truly bring this book to life. The varied Ghost designs look great along with the backgrounds of the book which transcend style. This is a book that manages to look like an ’80s Saturday Morning cartoon one page and a classic ’30s horror movie the next.  And at the risk of repeating myself again, it’s impressive how Schoening and Delgago make the various teams all look like their respective style whether it be 80’s or 90’s animation, live action or video game.

As I said previously, if you love Ghostbusters you need to be reading this. If you are a fan of Ghostbusters and you haven’t already started this series… well, you have a lot of catching up to do. But either way, this is yet another solid issue by the IDW team, and I’m definitely looking forward to seeing how this arc ends.

Rating: 4/5.



The writer of this piece was: Jonathan Mullen
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