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Comic Review: The New Ghostbusters #4
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The New Ghostbusters #4The New Ghostbusters #4
Written by Erik Burnham
Art by Dan Schoening
Colors by Luis Antonio DelGado
Lettered by Neil Uyetake
Edited by Tom Waltz
Covers by Dan Schoening and Freddie E. Williams II
IDW Publishing
Release Date: May 22, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99

The New Ghostbusters #4 is the epic team-up that we never knew we wanted. The Ghostbusters team up with THE GHOSTBUSTERS!!! No, STILL not the ones with the monkey. Leave that alone, it’s never happening. But, we get something much, much better.

Thanks to Erik Burnham, who’s mind came up with The New Ghostbusters, we finally get the two teams working together to stop a group of big bads that have been menacing them both since the last series. As usual, the writing is crisp, brisk, and full of laughs. What Burnham adds to this fourth installment is some really great character moments. Yes, he does that from time to time in the series, but this issue he gives it a new spin when The Ghostbusters are forced to team up with members of the OTHER Ghostbusting team. The result, is great. Most of the story takes place in the very creepy Parkview insane asylum, and that atmosphere is the perfect place for the climax of this story. Add to that a great ending, and an afterthought cliffhanger that you KNEW was coming, and you’ve got a really really well written issue.

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Comic Review: The New Ghostbusters #3
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The New Ghostbusters #3The New Ghostbusters #3
Written by Erik Burnham
Art by Dan Schoening
Colors by Luis Antonio DelGado
Letters by Neil Uyetake
Edits by Tom Waltz
Covers by Danny Cruz & Dan Schoening
IDW Publishing
Release Date: April 17, 2012
Cover Price: $3.99

The New Ghostbusters #3 is one hell of a summer movie told in comic book form. About two pages in, I wanted to grab some butter-drenched popcorn and Reese’s Pieces.

How man times do I have to sing Erik Burnham‘s praises? Looks like at least once more. This guy is a FANTASTIC writer and I don’t know how he doesn’t work more than he does. When it comes to dialogue, he’s one of the best in the business right now, BAR NONE. I can hear the actors delivering his line as I read the pages, and it’s so natural, that the movie really does play in your head as you read the comic.

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Comic Review: The New Ghostbusters #2
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The New Ghostbusters #2The New Ghostbusters #2
Written by Erik Burnham
Art by Dan Schoening
Colors by Luis Antonio DelGado
Letters by Neil Uyetake
Real Ghostbusters Story:
Written by Erik Burnham
Art by Erik Burnham
Letters by Luis Antonio DelGado
Edits by Tom Waltz
IDW Publishing
Release Date: March 13, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99

The New Ghostbusters #2 continues the adventures of a VERY different team of Ghostbusters. Thankfully, there’s no giant monkeys.

Wow, Erik Burnham. Just wow. I can’t remember when a comic has been so consistently entertaining and not dropped in quality. And, I might add, keep its monthly schedule. This is FANTASTIC!!! I still can’t believe that month in and month out, I ACTUALLY laugh out loud at some of the gags and one-liners. Congratulations, Mr. Burnham. That never happens with any other book. This issue is no exception to that rule. Along with The New Ghostbusters, we also get a new supporting cast. Some of them are familiar, some not, but they’re all great. Just like last issue, we get the main adventure focusing on the new team, with a little bit of the classic Ghostbusters thrown in for good measure. Both stories are moved forward at a great pace, nothing rushed or forced, and everything comes to a great and suspenseful stopping point at the issues end.

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Comic Review: The New Ghostbusters #1
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The New Ghostbusters #1The New Ghostbusters #1
Written by Erik Burnham
Art by Dan Schoening
Colors by Luis Antonio DelGado & Andrew Harmon
Real Ghostbusters Story & Art by Erik Burnham
Real Ghostbusters colors by Luis Antonio DelGado
Letters by Neil Uyetake
Edits by Tom Waltz
Covers by Dan Schoening & Xermanico
IDW Publishing
Release Date: February 13, 2013
Cover Price: $2.99

The New Ghostbusters #1 ushers in a brand new era in professional paranormal elimination. Now, everyone know that they “Real” Ghostbusters are irreplaceable. So, how does the new team measure up? Let’s take a look…

Erik Burnham manages to take (mostly) all new characters and make them into a brand new team of Ghostbusters with the same spirit (no pun intended) of the old team. Yes, they are TOTALLY different than the old team, but they still have humor, heart, and most of all, a lot of fun. Burnham pulls some VERY cool surprises out of thin air, like how the NYC brass deal with this new group of Ghostbusters, what they are doing to find and rescue Ray, Peter, Egon, and Winston, and also how they deal with the Ghostbusters perpetual pain in the neck, Walter Peck. It’s new, bold, refreshing, and yet familiar.

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Comic Review: Mars Attacks The Real Ghostbusters
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Mars Attacks The Real GhostbustersMars Attacks The Real Ghostbusters
Written by Erik Burnham
Art by Jose Holder
Colors by Jeremy Colwell
Letters by Neil Uyetake
Edited by Tom Waltz
Covers by Ray Dillon, Roy Guillory and Mike & Laura Allred
IDW Publishing
Release Date: January 16, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99

This weeks chapter in IDW Publishing’s Mars Attacks crossover is Mars Attacks The Real Ghostbusters! TONS of fans have been waiting for a Real Ghostbusters comic, and I’m happy to say, it’s here and it doesn’t disappoint!

Writer Erik Burnham steps flawlessly from the monthly Ghostbusters title to this long-anticipated one-shot. First off, I can’t believe Sony let IDW do this, but I’m sure glad they did! Anyone who’s watched the Real Ghostbusters cartoon knows and loves these classic characters. They’re not quite as dead-on to the movie characters that Burnham writes so well on the monthly. But, they are true to the spirit of the cartoon, and it’s fantastic. Burnham comes up with a great way to involve the Martians into a modern day job for “the boys”, and it works on a lot of different levels. What’s especially pleasing is the winks and nods to the old Real Ghostubsters comic published in the ’80s. There’s the talking “No Ghost Logo” and what would a Real Ghostbusters comic be without SLIMER?! Wrong, that’s what. This is a fun, old-school read from start to finish!

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Comic Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secret History of the Foot Clan #1
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secret History of the Foot Clan #1Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:
Secret History of the Foot Clan #1

Story by Mateus Santolouco
Script by Mateus Santolouco & Erik Burnham
Art by Mateus Santolouco
Colors by Joao “Azitona” Vieira
Letters by Shawn Lee
Edits by Bobby Curnow
IDW Publishing
Release Date: January 9, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99

In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Secret Origin of the Foot Clan #1, you get about 3 issues worth of story. I mean it. It’s REALLY packed with the history of how the foot clan came to be. After reading it, I can’t help but think, “Is there any more story that they can tell?” I guess we’ll find out.

With a story by Mateus Santolouco, and a script by Mateus Santolouco and Erik Burnham, this is a perfect blend of humor/history/mystery/suspense and action. Now, I don’t know who exactly scripted what, but I have a sneaking suspicion that Burnham was brought in to provide dialogue for the Turtles and contribute that unique brand of humor that he brings to Ghostbusters on a monthly basis. This issue is, simply put, a great story. You’re really gonna enjoy this book. I’ll even go so far as to say non-Turtle fans will get some enjoyment out of it.

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Comic Review: Ghostbusters #16
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Ghostbusters #16Ghostbusters #16
Written by Erik Burnham
Pencils by Dan Schoening
Colors by Luis Antonio DelGado
Slimer Pin-Up by Tristan Jones
Letters by Neil Uyetake
Edits by Tom Waltz
Covers by Dan Schoening & Chris Madden
IDW Publishing
Release Date: December 12, 2012
Cover Price: $3.99

Hidden in Ghostbusters #16 is a honest to God, heartwarming romantic story. No, seriously. C’mon, I’m not joking!!! And can I just say that’s it a nice treat to have a Christmas issue of a comic? Because, it is.

This month, Erik Burnham gives us an issue spotlighting Winston. We don’t get enough Winston. So, while this isn’t a SOLO tale by ANY means, it’s a nice issue that totally revolves around him. Don’t worry, he still gives us the patented Erik Burnham “meanwhile, he’s some things that are going to cause trouble down the line” moments. Back to this issue, though, it revolves around Winston and his girlfriend, a ghost from Winston’s past, and him being trapped alone in a creepy old house. For the first time that I can recall, we get some inner monologue, which is really nice and very entertaining. This issue also sets up some VERY cool stuff, that I can’t even imagine what it’s leading up to or how it’s going to pan out, but I’m really excited to see where this all goes. All in all, a really nice, charming and funny issue.

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Comic Review: Ghostbusters #15
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Ghostbusters #15Ghostbusters #15
Written by Erik Burnham
Art by Dan Schoening
Colors by Luis Antonio DelGado
PCOC Pages by Tristan Jones
Letters by Neil Uyetake
Covers by Dan Schoening & Tristan Jones
IDW Publishing
Release Date: November 28, 2012
Cover Price: $3.99

In many ways, Ghostbusters #15 is the culmination of fifteen consecutive issues of awesomeness. I mean it, readers, comics don’t get much more fun than this.

While I can’t really say much about the plot of this issue without giving away major spoilers, let’s just say that Erik Burnham turns in a classic Ghostbusters tale. I really mean it, it’s like you’re reading what would be Ghostbusters 3. Of course, this version would be about 6 hours long. This issue has everything and everyone, including characters not seen in a LONG time. It’s all payoff in this issue. But… of course, there’s some things left dangling that can propel the book even further into greatness in future issues. This is one hell of a great issue!

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Comic Review: Ghostbusters #14
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Ghostbusters #14Ghostbusters #14
Written by Erik Burnham
Art by Dan Schoening
Colors by Luis Antonio DelGado
PCOC Pages by Tristan Jones
Letters by Neil Uyetake
Covers by Dan Schoening & Tristan Jones
Edits by Tom Waltz
IDW Publishing
Release Date: October 31, 2012
Cover Price: $3.99

Ghostbusters #14 continues the streak. It’s the 14th awesome issue in a row with the SAME creative team! In today’s comic world, that’s a record. Not to mention, it’s pretty damn awesome.

Erik Burnham was BORN to write this comic. Hey, Hollywood, THIS is the guy that you want to write Ghostbusters 3. There is no one who writes these characters better than him. He’s got every character spot on. No exceptions. This issue has the Ghostbusters taking on the Ghost Smashers, and they find themselves hooking up with a VERY unexpected ally. He’s got about three or four subplots going on at the same time, and none of them are confusing or muddled and they all get you excited for upcoming issues. THAT is some good comics writing, folks. Not to mention that the comic is full tilt fun from beginning to end.

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Comic Review: Ghostbusters #13
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Ghostbusters #13Ghostbusters #13
Written by Erik Burnham
Art by Dan Schoening
Colors by Luis Antonio DelGado
Letters by Neil Uyetake
Edits by Tom Waltz
Extra Story by Tristan Jones
Covers by Dan Schoening & Tristan Jones
IDW Publishing
Release Date: September 19, 2012
Cover Price: $3.99

Ghostbusters #13 is, so far, the most interesting and plain-out exciting issue in the series so far. Not that the previous year’s worth of stories have been boring by any means, but it seems like the creative team really threw the rule book out the window with this issue.

I think writer Erik Burnham had a little too much caffeine while writing Ghostbusters #13. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, either. There is SO much going on in this issue, that it takes a second read to let your brain absorb all that’s going on. After a long road trip, the boys finally return back to New York City, where they find things are, let’s just say, different. There’s no business in the ghostbusting business, and by the end of the issue we find out why.

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