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Comic Review: Ghostbusters #16
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Ghostbusters #16
Written by Erik Burnham
Art by Dan Schoening
Colors by Luis Antonio DelGado
Letters by Neil Uyetake
Edits by Tom Waltz
Covers by Dan Schoening, Tristan Jones, and Roberto Goiriz
IDW Publishing
Release Date: May 28, 2014
Cover Price: $3.99

Ghostbusters #16 is the latest installment in the Ghostbusters 30th anniversary storyline “Mass Hysteria,” and let me give you a little advice — bring a scorecard!

Writer Erik Burnham brings everyone — and I mean EVERYONE — in the Ghostbusters universe for the epic chapter of “Mass Hysteria.” Just about everyone from the Ghostbusters films and even the expanded universe turn up for this huge fight with Gozer’s sister, Tiamat.

Just like her brother, Tiamat possesses a couple of innocent people to serve as lackeys and lure all the Ghostbusters into a trap that seems very familiar. But, this time, there’s definitely a few surprises that you won’t see coming at all. Just like he’s done from the very beginning, Burnham packs tons of in-jokes, movie references and out and out laughs into this issue while keeping the action amped up. This issue (and storyline) is truly a fitting anniversary “present” to all of us “Ghostheads.”

Ladies and gentlemen, the jury has reached a decision. Artist Dan Schoening could NOT be any more talented. This issue is an absolute treat, getting to see TONS of characters from EVERY aspect of the world of the Ghostbusters, and as usual, there’s a fair share of cameos by characters and personalities from anything you can imagine (Hey Dan, can we PLEASE get a Count Floyd cameo? Please???). Now, besides all that good stuff, you get all the cool tech, monsters, spooks, and specters as usual and you get some pretty awesome action thrown in for good measure. Shoening is an artist who doesn’t skimp on anything. Not backgrounds, not details, not facial expressions-it’s all in there for you to absorb and enjoy.

If you’re not reading this title, you must be allergic to fun. I can’t think of any other reason that you wouldn’t grab this book. For all of you who are hesitant to jump on in the middle of storylines, don’t be. A nice catch-up page and guide to the characters are included in each issue and IDW Publishing does a great job of keeping things in print, so you can easily ask your comic retailer to get you any back issues you may have missed.

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