Ghostbusters #1

Ghostbusters #1 cover

I didn’t think I cared at all about yet another 80s fandom turned into a comic, until I flipped through and noticed that this issue was doing something that’s easiest to do only in this medium: mashing up this property with another cult classic.

Since the book opens with a dream sequence, it makes sense that several favorites reappear, which also provides plenty of excitement, as the issue skips from high point to high point, until the moment that won me over. Dr. Raymond Stantz (played by Dan Ackroyd in the movie) is getting a portentous warning from a beloved figure — who’s shorter, rounder, and wearing a dark suit, skinny tie, hat, and shades. Yes, it’s his companion Blues Brother. (You can see the sequence in these preview pages.) What a great idea for a mystic figure of guidance for that character!

I like the cartoony, caricature-like artwork, making the cast recognizable but not likenesses. I especially appreciated the opening reintroduction — it has been almost 30 years since the movie — particularly because it’s hosted by my favorite, Janine, the assistant played by Annie Potts. The interaction among the cast is fun, although there’s no immediately quotable wisecrack, the way every other line turned out in the original film. There are jokes, though, some more successful than others.

I don’t feel lost, even though I haven’t paid much attention to all the various Ghostbusters cartoons and games and such beyond the two movies. It’s an amusing read, the more so if you’re a fan. A short backup provides a re-introduction to another old foe, and the book ends with a few character design sketch pages. (The publisher provided a review copy.)


3 Responses to “Ghostbusters #1”

  1. Augie De Blieck Jr. Says:

    80s trivia time: Dr. Peter Venkman was scripted with John Belushi in mind to play the part. Bill Murray stepped in after Belushi’s death. So there’s an added layer to that sequence for you.

    Also, Eddie Murphy was supposed to be Winston. Murphy couldn’t do the movie, because he was filming “Beverly Hills Cop” at the time. So let’s see if anyone looking like him shows up in a future issue.

  2. Johanna Says:

    Oh, wow, thanks, those are nifty “what if”s. I can only imagine what Murphy would have done with that role.

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