It’s been a long time since I’ve seen anything Ghostbusters related. I didn’t pick up the Infestation mini-series. I fondly remember the old cartoon as well as the movies and I may not have been looking forward to this that much, I thought it was worth checking out.
Burnham does good with the opening. It’s a dream sequance and the way Burnham sets it up helps give us a refresher on who the Ghostbusters are and what they’ve been up to. It even serves as a way of setting up some future plotlines for the book. Burnham doesn’t waste any time. Once the dream is over, the issue shifts into high gear and we get right into the story and get to see the Ghostbusters in action.
Burnham has a good handle on the characters. They match up pretty well with how I remember the characters being. There’s even a couple of easter eggs hidden in the script. One is a reference to a movie Bill Murray, who played Peter Venkman, was in. The inclusion of Slimer is another easter egg of sorts, one to the original movie and to the cartoon series.
The script is excellant, straddling the line between serious and funny, much like the first movie did. It takes itself seriously, but there’s an element of fun.
When I first flipped through the book, before reading, I wasn’t that impressed with the art. It’s not a style that I usually like. But after reading the issue, my opinion was changed. Schoening is the perfect artist for this series. His work is expressive and detailed. The characters might not have realistic proportions, but his style helps the book straddle the line between serious and funny.
The colorist does a great job too. I’m glad they decided to keep all the uniforms the tan and not give them different colors like the cartoon did. Am I the only one glad that particular aspect of 80s cartoons is gone (Ghostbusters and TMNT both suffered from it).
Ghostbusters #1 receives
4 out of 5
An excellant debut and fans of the property will love it. Make sure you pick up this book.