The Ghostbusters are back in the main stream and the question is, why did they ever leave? The recent Ghostbusters film featuring a new continuity, with an all female cast, was a hilarious triumph. A strong movie on its own, with just the proper amount of homage to its origins. New characters, specifically Jillian Holtzmann played by Kate McKinnon, stand strong as the modern face of paranormal hunters. With the rise in popularity of the new film, so to has interest in the modern comic series featuring the original crew.
With the first issue of Ghostbusters released from IDW Publishing in September of 2011, a new continuation has been built from the ’84 hit film. Spanning many volumes, and mini series, recently the series has been re-launched under the title: Ghostbusters International. Volume one TPB of the original series run was released in March 2012, featuring a nostalgic storyline, under the guise, The Man from the Mirror.
Starting with Ray Stantz haunted by the events of the original film, in which he was responsible for the iconic image that the Destructor chose to manifest itself, in the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. His night terrors also feature a cameo of the late Blues Brother John Belushi. As Ray does what he can to shake off this midnight hauntings, and other Ghostbusters maintain some familiar other ghosts, the haunting Stay Puft Destructor reforms. There is only one group in all of New York who can take on the giant fluffy beast.
A jump in time, of an unspecified amount of years, since the events of film Ghostbusters 2, the comic maintains a time stream of where the team has gone. Mostly, right where they were, facing an infestation of ghosts in New York. The characters are spot on to their originals, and the story reads like a continuation of the movie franchise. The nostalgic feel runs through the entire volume, with references, reappearances, and recognizable images. Giving long time fans exactly what they would hope for. While the art can be cartoonish and choppy, kudos, to writer Erik Burnham for handling the transition of film to comic, with over 20 years in between, with such grace and seamlessness.
An entertaining, throwback read, that is a developed enough storyline to keep fans interested. As much as I appreciate not shaking things up too much, I kind of wished there was more. With not being limited to the confines of 80’s film making, the comic had an opportunity to go bigger and badder, but failed to deliver on such. 3/5, fun enough to get through, but nothing substantial to make the comic stand out on its own. I am not sure yet, how I feel about continuing on with this series. If you grew up in the height of Ghostbuster popularity this is a great book of nostalgic entertainment, worth a read if you are craving more ghostbusting action.
Thanks booknerds, I ain’t afraid of no ghost.