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Comic Review: Mars Attacks The Real Ghostbusters
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Mars Attacks The Real Ghostbusters
Written by Erik Burnham
Art by Jose Holder
Colors by Jeremy Colwell
Letters by Neil Uyetake
Edited by Tom Waltz
Covers by Ray Dillon, Roy Guillory and Mike & Laura Allred
IDW Publishing
Release Date: January 16, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99

This weeks chapter in IDW Publishing’s Mars Attacks crossover is Mars Attacks The Real Ghostbusters! TONS of fans have been waiting for a Real Ghostbusters comic, and I’m happy to say, it’s here and it doesn’t disappoint!

Writer Erik Burnham steps flawlessly from the monthly Ghostbusters title to this long-anticipated one-shot. First off, I can’t believe Sony let IDW do this, but I’m sure glad they did! Anyone who’s watched the Real Ghostbusters cartoon knows and loves these classic characters. They’re not quite as dead-on to the movie characters that Burnham writes so well on the monthly. But, they are true to the spirit of the cartoon, and it’s fantastic. Burnham comes up with a great way to involve the Martians into a modern day job for “the boys”, and it works on a lot of different levels. What’s especially pleasing is the winks and nods to the old Real Ghostubsters comic published in the ’80s. There’s the talking “No Ghost Logo” and what would a Real Ghostbusters comic be without SLIMER?! Wrong, that’s what. This is a fun, old-school read from start to finish!

Artist Jose Holder has a very different style than what I was picturing on this book, but it works. I would’ve liked to see someone just plain ape the style of the cartoon, but after a few pages, I really took to his art. It’s VERY reminiscent of The Real Ghostbusters series from NOW Comics back in the day. It’s moody, yet fun, creepy, but with a lot of heart. He also did a GREAT job updating the look of The Real Ghostbusters Universe while keeping it classic and instantly recognizable. Also, his Martians are great and they’re drawn to fit right in with the Ghostbusters. Overall, a really nice surprise on the art side of the book.

Whether your picking this up because your a Ghostbusters fan or a Mars Attacks fan, you’re definitely going to win. It’s a great read, and VERY entertaining!

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