Can you possibly handle one hundred pages chock-full of thrills and chills in this mammoth reprinting of Ghostbusters‘ releases? Read on to find out.
The official description from IDW:
Who ya gonna call for some seriously spirited fun? The Ghostbusters, of course! The gang’s all here – Stantz, Spengler, Zeddemore and Venkman – in this specially-priced 100-page Spooktacular! From haunted Thanksgiving turkeys, zombified marshmallow monsters, time-traveling terrors, haunted costume parties, all the way down to the bowels of Hell itself, join the ‘Buster crew as they battle the supernatural, scary, and the silly in these special reprints of IDW’s hit comic book!
Are you ready for some random stories staring the world famous Ghostbusters? If so then this is certainly a release for you. From start to finish, this is one comic book that’s worth its pricetag only if you absolutely have not read these individual issues or if you’re a collector.
First up we have Ghostbusters: The Other Side #1 written by Keith Champagne and illustrated by Tom Nguyen. The script in this story is intricate and even a bit creative as it offers-up some striking narrative curve balls The art however does not live-up to the quality of the written word. The characters themselves look off as they inhabit some dynamic panels that just beg for more consistent details.
Ghostbusters: Displaced Aggression #1 written by Scott Lobdell and illustrated by Ilias Kyriazis is one of the best reads in this bunch, as it offers a rollicking western romp that will please any reader who gives it a go. The art in this one matches the tone, as the fun atmosphere bleeds into some striking panels that set-up a visceral yet vibrant plot.
Ghostbusters: Infestation #1 written by Erik Burnham and illustrated by Kyle Hotz is a sub-par release at best. It’s got some mildly entertaining tie-in moments but they’re usually followed by scenes that are bogged down by too much exposition. To be completely blunt It’s only something you read if you absolutely have to.
Ghostbusters: What in Samhain Just Happened?! written by Peter David and Kathleen David is a good time. It’s a fun story that makes up for the sidesteps of the previous ones contained here. The art by Dan Schoening is top-notch as his trademark style more than sells the goofier aspects contained in this tale.
Ghostbusters: Guess What’s Coming to Dinner? written by James Eatock and illustrated by Dan Schoening was the perfect way to close out this mammoth release. It’s fun, entertaining and more importantly hilarious. The quality of the script is matched by the art as the creative team delivers a solid treat.
Ghostbusters: 100-Page Spooktacular! is a an ultimately uneven release. It has moments of greatness, scenes muddled by mediocrity but overall it earns a light recommendation.