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Review: Ghostbusters: Year One #1

Ghostbusters: Year One #1

We know the story of the Ghostbusters from numerous films, animated shows, and comics. But, what about that first year in business: Ghostbusters: Year One #1 kicks off the untold stories of our favorite paranormal investigators.

Written by Erik Burnham, Ghostbusters: Year One #1 focuses on the “newest” of the original Ghostbusters, Winston Zeddemore. Framed as an interview with a journalist writing a book, we get to learn some details about his experience joining the team.

Burnham adds in details that fit quite well with what we know. It’s a nice “in addition” as opposed to a retcon. We learn about what Winston was doing before joining the team and even get to see some more of the questions he was asked in his interview. But, most importantly, we learn more about him as a person and how he fit into the group and his training. It’s a great example of expanding a known universe.

The art by Dan Schoening with color by Luis Antonio Delgado is unique and stands out. It’s a style you don’t see elsewhere with a cartoon-like quality about it. Schoening’s style is one that you don’t see elsewhere and it’s hard to describe. There’s a slight homage to the cartoon series but at the same time it’s own style. What’s solid is it works for the ghosts. It doesn’t skew to horror but still fits that genre. Delgado’s colors are key with the ethereal popping from the page. Neil Uyetake‘s lettering is also key in giving the ghosts a voice to themselves through the lettering style.

Ghostbusters: Year One #1 kicks off what feels like could be a fun series. I also expect there’s more to what’s presented. The team has a nice grasp of fitting in new knowledge and deliver enough winks and nods for long-time fans. A must for fans of Ghostbusters or want a good chuckle.

Story: Erik Burnham Art: Dan Schoening
Color: Luis Antonio Delgado Letterer: Neil Uyetake
Story: 8.15 Art: 8.15 Overall: 8.15 Recommendation: Buy

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Ghostbusters: Year One #1

Ghostbusters: Year One #1

(W) Erik Burnham (A/CA) Dan Schoening
In Shops: Jan 22, 2020
SRP: $3.99

In anticipation of the new Ghostbusters feature film coming to theaters Summer 2020, we look back at the Boys in Grey’s first year on the job, showcasing never before seen adventures! After defeating Gozer and becoming heroes in the city, county, and state of New York, a publisher has decided to cash in with a biography of the Boys in Grey and sends a writer to interview them all for background. He starts with WINSTON ZEDDEMORE, the first ‘buster hired into the supernatural start-up. Winston relates the story of his very first bust, so we can finally know what kind of… ahem, stuff he’s seen that’ll will turn you white!

Ghostbusters: Year One #1

Preview: Red Sonja: Age of Chaos #1

Red Sonja: Age of Chaos #1

writer: Erik Burnham
artist: Jonathan Lau
covers: Lucio Parrillo (A), Alan Quah (B), Cian Tormey (C), Alé Garza (D), Shannon Kingston Cosplay (E)
Derrick Chew Full Color Sneak Peek Cover (RI), Derrick Chew Monochromatic Sneak Peek Cover (RI), Lucio Parrillo Sketch Cover (RI/Virgin), Cosplay (RI-Virgin), Alan Quah “Hellfire Red” Tinted Cover (RI), Alah Quah Sketch Cover (RI/Virgin), Icon Edition Cover: John Romita, Sr. & Jr. (RI), Icon Edition Cover: Jim Lee (RI), Lucio Parrillo CGC-Graded Cover, Shannon Kingston Signed Cosplay Cover
FC | 32 pages | Fantasy/Horror | $3.99 | Teen+

The past meets the present with the future of literally everything at stake! The warrior Red Sonja has a plan to keep freshly killed wizard Kulan Gath from resurrecting himself again — but when the plan backfires, it allows a whole new kind of Chaos! to infest the Hyborean Age! Will these new beings be any easier to deal with than Kulan Gath, or has Sonja called a worse evil to her world? It’s the first chapter of a brand-new quest for the She-Devil — and it may be her hardest yet as for the first time ever, Red Sonja meets the badass characters of Chaos!

Red Sonja: Age of Chaos #1

Preview: Chastity (Vol.2) #3

Chastity (Vol.2) #3

writer: Erik Burnham, Daniel Maine
artist: Daniel Maine
covers: Catherine Nodet (A), Ale Garza (B), Daniel Maine (C)
Daniel Maine (RI-B/W), Ale Garza (RI-B/W), Catherine Nodet (RI-B/W)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Horror | Mature

Caught in a human trafficking ring, trapped in a prison with no way out, Chastity’s finding that fangs and strength aren’t nearly enough (and her sarcasm isn’t helping things either). Of the few people she can maybe trust, can she really depend on any of them? On the other hand, beware a semi-vampire scorned!

Chastity (Vol.2) #3

Preview: Ghostbusters: Spectral Shenanigans Vol. 2

Ghostbusters: Spectral Shenanigans Vol. 2

(W) Erik Burnham (A) Evan “Doc” Shaner, Blair Shedd, Erik Burnham (A/CA) Dan Schoening
In Shops: Nov 06, 2019
SRP: $29.99

When an upstart paranormal investigation and elimination service calling itself the Ghost Smashers sets up shop in NYC, the Ghostbusters suddenly find themselves out of work and out of favor. But the Ghost Smashers are messing with some shaky science, and it’s only a matter of time before their incompetence threatens the entire world! Plus, what would happen if the Ghostbusters were really gone-like, in another dimension gone? A new group made up of some close friends and former foes will have to step up and don the proton packs. Collects issues #13-16 of the Ghostbusters series and issues #1-8 of the New Ghostbusters series.

Ghostbusters: Spectral Shenanigans Vol. 2

Preview: Marvel Action: Spider-Man Book 2 Spider-Chase

Marvel Action: Spider-Man Book 2 Spider-Chase

(W) Erik Burnham (A/CA) Christopher Jones
In Shops: Oct 30, 2019
SRP: $9.99

Well, maybe nothing except homework and an internship at the Daily Bugle, not to mention being stalked by a new dangerous foe… Kraven the Hunter! One by one, the Spiders fall into Kraven’s web, but the final showdown looms on a battlefield of the hunter’s choosing. Could this be the end for Peter, Miles, and Gwen? Collects issues #4-6 of the Marvel Action: Spider-Man series.

Marvel Action: Spider-Man Book 2 Spider-Chase

Preview: Transformers/Ghostbusters #5

Transformers/Ghostbusters #5

Erik Burnham (w) • Dan Schoening (a) • Dan Schoening (c)

“GHOSTS OF CYBERTRON,” Part 5! Out of the frying pan and into the fire! Starscream isn’t the only ghostly Decepticon in the universe—or on Earth. Megatron has manifested, he’s hungry for vengeance, and he’s not particular about what he has to destroy to get it! Autobots, Decepticons, and the Boys in Gray, too! The 35th anniversary celebration of TRANSFORMERS and Ghostbusters ends here!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Transformers/Ghostbusters #5

Red Sonja Against the Hordes of Hell in Age of Chaos this January

Chaos! comes to Hyboria in December’s Red Sonja: Age of Chaos from Dynamite!

This fight and fright-filled new limited series is written by returning Sonja scribe Erik Burnham. Joining him on art is the one and only Jonathan Lau. Burnham is bringing the present into the past, with a Chaos! invasion of the Hyborean Age. A cosmic level spat between Mistress Hel and Lady Demon leaves Sonja and characters like Chastity, Evil Ernie, Purgatori, Jade and more stuck in the middle. Alliances will be made to combat this mayhem and great evil, but Sonja may have to resort to something she never would have guessed – enlisting the help of her sworn enemy, Kulan Gath!

New readers can come into this series with no prior knowledge. However, fans may recall Erik contributed to the previous ongoing Red Sonja volume helmed by Amy Chu and Carlos Gomez. The series’ central arc, titled Worlds Away, threw the She-Devil with a Sword into the far-flung future of modern-day New York City. That fish out of water premise allowed for fan-favorite scenes of levity and new challenges for the heroine. This time around, Sonja has the home advantage. Burnham has teased that there may be callbacks and Easter eggs in this new series for fans of that previous run.

For a series with so many fan-favorite characters, Dynamite is treating fans to a cornucopia of covers blending the sword and sorcery aesthetic of Sonja, the blood-soaked terror of Chaos! and the epic crossover aspect of the series! Leading the pack is painter and Dynamite legend Lucio Parrillo, depicting Sonja and Purgatori locked in mortal combat and drawing blood. Alan Quah captures that crossover chaos with nearly the full roll call on his cover – but there are more surprises in the series of course! Ale Garza and Cian Tormey add their special touch to covers. While the Hyrkanian Hero is represented in cosplay by Shannon Kingston, following her run on covers for Birth of the She-Devil.

Preview: Ghostbusters 35th Anniversary Collection

Ghostbusters 35th Anniversary Collection

(W) Erik Burnham, Cavan Scott, Devin Grayson, Jim Beard, Keith Dallas (A) Dan Schoening, Marcelo Ferreira, S. L. Gallant, Tim Lattie (CA) Anthony Marques
In Shops: Sep 25, 2019
SRP: $15.99

Celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Ghostbusters with four spooktacular stories featuring different teams in all-new standalone adventures! Who Ya Gonna Call? You’ve got four teams to choose from as the original Ghostbusters, The Real Ghostbusters, the Answer The Call team, and the Extreme Ghostbusters are all at the ready!

Four standalone stories make this book easily accessible for new fans!

Ghostbusters 35th Anniversary Collection

Preview: Transformers/Ghostbusters #4

Transformers/Ghostbusters #4

Erik Burnham (w) • Dan Schoening (a & c)

“GHOSTS OF CYBERTRON”, PART 4! The Ghostbusters and their Autobot allies search the greater New York City area for the missing ghost of Starscream—and discover something much worse has been drawn to Earth. Can our heroes overcome this evil ectoplasmic entity before it utterly annihilates everything in order to achieve its ends? Find out in the penultimate chapter of this team-up for the ages: TRANSFORMERS/GHOSTBUSTERS “GHOSTS OF CYBERTRON” #4!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Transformers/Ghostbusters #4
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