Comic Review: Ghostbusters, Vol. 1

Published: March 20th, 2014
Written by: Erik Burnham
Art by: Dan Schoening, Tristan Jones
Based on: Ghostbusters by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis

IDW Publishing, 104 Pages


I read the first Ghostbusters/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles crossover before this and it inspired me to checkout IDW’s regular Ghostbusters series, which starts with this collected volume.

I have been an avid fan of Ghostbusters for as long as I can remember. I watched the movies constantly and had The Real Ghostbusters cartoon on my television every single day after school.

So when IDW got the rights to publish comics on my favorite ghost busting heroes, I was pretty stoked. Granted, I didn’t pick them up until now but life is a busy bitch and there are so many damn comics to read between all the franchises I love and all the heroes I have a hard time keeping up with already.

One thing about IDW’s handling of this universe is that it feels like a true extension of the film series. This almost reads like it is Ghostbusters 3. It’s sadly missing Dana and Louis but watching the boys and Janine ham it up is always fun. Plus, that evil pencil pushing pinhead Walter Peck is back to be a thorn in the Ghostbusters’ sides.

This collection covers the first story arc in the IDW comic but it is still pretty open ended when you get through the last chapter. It calls back to Gozer and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from the original film while trying to add more to the Gozer mythos. We also see the reappearance of Slimer.

Strangely, there are two weird cameos in this comic, the first is Jake from The Blues Borthers and the second is Roger Murdock from Airplane! They aren’t called by their names but it is very obvious who they are supposed to be.

This book was fun but it left me wanting more meat to sink my teeth into. Still, it was a good, quick and enjoyable read.

Rating: 7/10
Pairs well with: Other IDW Ghostbusters comics, also the Ghostbusters/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles crossovers.