Written by Erik Burnham
Art by Dan Schoening
Colors by Luis Antonio DelGado
PCOC Pages by Tristan Jones
Covers by Dan Schoening, Nick Runge, and Tristan Jones
Release Date: November 16th, 2011
Cover Price: $3.99
Wow. Ghostbusters #3 is made completely out of 100% pure love. Love for the franchise, love for the films, love for the cartoon, love for the fans, and love for the comic book medium. You know the “love” that comic fans think only exist in small-press creator-owned comics? Guess what? It exists in licensed comics too. This issue is a prime example.
First off, there are SO many ways a monthly Ghostbusters comic could go wrong. Thankfully writer Erik Burnham figured them all out, wrote them down, and then threw them away. Burnham throws stuff at you at a rapid pace, barely letting you catch your breath before hitting you with the next awesome surprise.
As always, in this issue, the characters are true to themselves, and Burham has a knack for introducing new characters and threats that fit seamlessly into the Ghostbusters universe. But most of all, he keeps the spirit of the book the same as the films. Never over the top, or too serious, and his writing never crosses the line into inconceivability….I mean, for a comic book.
I get the feeling that artist Dan Schoening would be drawing this book even if it wasn’t being published. Actually, I know Dan, and I KNOW that that is exactly what he’d be doing. You can tell when artists are drawing what they love and when they’re drawing what they’re being paid to draw, and this is definitely the latter case. And don’t even get me started on Tristan Jones‘ PCOC pages. The man goes WAY above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to his work on this book. And a note to editor Tom Waltz, PLEASE keep the concept sketch pages coming in the back of the comic. They’re a fantastic treat for the reader each month!
Yes, I’m a bigger Ghostbusters fan than you are-and yes, I have a receipt to prove it. But honestly, if you’re not reading this book, get started NOW. It’s only 3 issues old, you can easily grab the previous two issues and even if you don’t want to, you can just pick up this issue and hit the ground running. It’s an excellent comic and I can’t recommend it highly enough. It’s also a PERFECT gateway to introduce any person that you know who doesn’t read comics into the hobby.