Ghostbusters 101 Brings Together Both Slime Covered Teams

first_imgStay on target The Ghostbusters comic book license has been tossed around by quite a few different hands over the years. After Canadian-based publishers 88 Miles Per Hour went under, it was IDW that came in and quickly scooped up the hot property. From 2008 on, IDW has been releasing every Ghostbuster story you could ever imagine, including fun mash-ups with The Real Ghostbusters, Mars Attacks, The X-Files, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and more! This time around; an all new series is in the works bringing together the classic characters from the original films, some IDW series originals and the gals from 2016’s film “Answer the Call.”Ghostbusters 101(W) Erik Burnham (A) Dan SchoeningLet’s Do The Space-Warp Again!” Before they began investigating the supernatural, most of the original Ghostbusters were teachers… and they’ve decided it’s time they start sharing their knowledge again. But when their first batch of students start poking around the firehouse and accidentally set in motion the merging of two universes (it’s easier than you’d think) Venkman, Stantz, Zeddemore, and Spengler will need all the help they can get to put things right! And who do you think will Answer The Call? (If you guessed Holtzmann, Yates, Tolan, and Gilbert… you get a gold star!) It’s a brand new inter-dimensional meeting of the minds, starting here!”Ghostbusters 101 may be a make it or break it deal for fans of the past few comic iterations. I’ve only dabbled in a handful of Ghostbuster comics from IDW, but the issue felt a tad off. The issue begins with the original members investigating a Case 3 apparition on and underneath New York’s famed Coney Island amusement park. There is a moment where Peter and Egon discover positively charged ectoplasm under the park and Ray suggests they give it some negativity to help make the transportation of it easier. Egon then punches Ray in the face… It is turned into a joke having Egon apologize while explaining that he was recently possessed by a Scandinavian Warlock. Ray then reports into the other Ghostbusters that Egon is now urinating on the ectoplasm after throwing a proton grenade at it. Let me just state, when I read anything adapted from a film, I tend to read the dialogue as if it was spoken by the characters from the films. I could not imagine any of these characters reciting these lines or even acting this way. It completely took me out of the story.Meanwhile, at the firehouse, Kylie Griffin from The Extreme Ghostbusters is training Janine’s niece and friends to become Ghostbusters themselves one day. While her students are bored of her lectures, Kylie shows them a portal that resides in the firehouse that goes to alternate New York’s. This opens up the comic to include the Answer the Call team. Dialogue runs a tad dry throughout the issue and includes a silly moment from alternate Ghostbusters secretary Kevin Beckman in a broccoli costume practicing martial arts for no reason at all.I know that this is a comic to reunite all the best parts of the Ghostbusters. It just sadly falls flat with characters performing acts out of their elements and reciting lines I could not imagine them speaking. There is, however, potential buried within these slimy pages. The artwork is fun and sharp, reminding me of the classic Star Wars: Clone Wars cartoons. It is also important to mention Luis Delgado’s colors fly off the pages when spirits are abound! The writing style is simply not for me, but I can see a younger audience enjoying it with no strings attached.Ghostbusters 101 is written by Erik Burnham, with art by Dan Schoening, and published by IDW. Releasing this week, the first issue is available in stores and online at Variant Covers to Grab This Week (8/29/18)Variant Covers to Grab This Week (8/15/18) last_img

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