Review: The New Ghostbusters #5

the new ghostbusters #5 coverTo catch up, The New Ghostbusters (not to be confused with the Real Ghostbusters) kicks off with the disappearance of our fearless four paranormal investigators.  Abducted and transported to a parallel dimension by ghostly dopplegangers, their shoes are quickly filled by their beloved secretary Janine, an FBI Agent (and Peter Venkman love interest), Ray’s occult bookstore manager, and a tech-savvy ex-con.  To add to their existing predicament, the city has mandated the presence of a Paranormal Contracts Oversight Commission liaison and stipulations on public appearances and marketing in order for the new team to stay in business.

Erik Burnham‘s writing is standard fair for this demographic-centric comic.  He keeps it light and moving along, albeit briskly.  When I said their shoes were quickly filled, I meant quickly.  Immediately after the men were taken, the three ladies were blasting ghouls in an apartment complex with Proton Packs.  Although Burnham included a ‘three months later’ box, an entire issue could have been dedicated to showing the new team figuring out how to bust ghosts.

Dan Schoening‘s art and Luis Antonio Delgado‘s colors maintain  the cartoonish, child-friendly look we are all familiar with.  I yearn for the day when Ghostbusters leaves its PG roots and becomes a dark and gritty noir series (“the second she floated into my office, I knew she was trouble”).

The fifth installment–spoiler alert–sees the team back, safe and sound, trying to pick up the pieces…which includes measuring the repercussions of the cross-dimensional controlled explosion that brought them back.  The second string Ghostbusters are back to their normal, and now glaringly boring, lives (minus Janine, who appears to be in a little bit of trouble).

This latest book, and series as a whole, are par for the course.  For our young readers, or the young at heart, this isn’t a bad buy.  For all others, you should probably look elsewhere.

Story: Erik Burnham Art: Dan Schoening
Story: 6.5 Art: 6 Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Read

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

4 comments

  • Would this be appropriate comic book fare for (very) young readers? With the cancellation of The Superman Family, I’m looking for something I can read with my 5 year old.

  • Yes, other than the use of the word ‘ass’ a few times, it is very child friendly. I still don’t know why they used that language to begin with, because the series is obviously designed for younger readers. Thanks for the comment!

  • I’ll use ass, damn, and hell, but relatively light. I keep things PG and in line with the films. Mostly all ages, but mileage varies… and, like the films, it’s a comedy first and foremost. (Though next year’s 30th anniversary story may just have some darker elements, the roots aren’t going to change.)

    It was designed for the folks who loved the films, so… yeah, what you consider obvious, sir, wasn’t the case — it was more of an assumption based on Dan’s animation influenced art. Sorry! (:

    (Funny note: I wrote the same way for Kyle Hotz on Infestation and the impression was just the opposite — a more “adult/dark tone.” Words and approach were the same, but the art really does change the filter folks put on things.)

    The New Ghostbuster characters will be floating in and out of the book. I would’ve loved to have kept the focus on them longer, but there’s only so much room in 80 pages. Sorry it didn’t work for you.

  • I appreciate the clarification Erik and will definitely check out your darker work.