Ghostbusters #4 Written by Erik Burnham
Art by Dan Schoening
Colors by Luis Antonio Delgado
PCOC Pages by Tristan Jones
Letters by Neil Uyetake
Covers by Dan Schoening, Nick Runge, and Erik Burnham IDW Publishing
Release Date: December 21, 2011
Cover Price: $3.99
I swear to God, it’s like we get a new, awesome Ghostbusters movie every month! And Ghostbusters #4 is no exception. This month the boys in gray are up against the third minion of Gozer, and there’s only one person that can save the day!
I’m calling Erik Burnham out right now! I don’t understand how he can turn out such a high caliber book every month and not be writing more comics. I’m guessing that Burnham puked in the punch bowl at a Marvel/DC Christmas party at some point, thereby banishing his awesomeness from either of those companies. But, back to this issue…
Yet ANOTHER home run for the creative team. This final chapter in the opening arc of this title is everything you’d want and expect in a third act of a Ghostbusters feature film. Humor, danger, and some unexpected surprises. And just when we think everyone’s favorite EPA agent, Walter Peck, has turned a kind hand to the Ghostbusters, Burnham throws us a hilarious curve ball that spells REALLY big trouble for the Ghostbusters. I can’t wait to see what happens next.
In regards to artist Dan Schoening, I want to adress some nasty rumors that have been floating around the internet. Yes, he is THE Ghostbusters comic artist that all others will be judged by. But, I’m here to expose the ugly truth. What you’ve heard is true, folks. He’s Canadian. Looking beyond that and focusing on this issue, he does another great job. More new Ghostbusters tech is introduced in this issue and it fits seamlessly into the Ghostbusters universe. Nothing looks weird or out of place. Another thing that I love about Schoening is that when he draws new monsters, they too look like something that’s been adapted out of a GB film. No over the top blood oozing zombies to compete with today’s gross-out horror comic market. Just great designs. And the PCOC pages by Tristan Jones continue to be the awesome DVD-like extras for this book. I’m looking forward to them each month just as much as I am the comic itself.
Now, it’s no secret that I love this book. It’s one of my favorite franchises and the creative team that IDW has chosen is as close to perfection as they can get. It’s only 4 months in, but there has yet to be a bad or even “just OK” issue so far. If only the rest of the comic books being published today could lay such a claim, retailers would be raking in the same money that they did in the ’90s.
Wanna be a hero this Christmas? Spend the $16 bucks on the first four issues of this series and give it to someone. You’ll make a fan, and friend, for life.