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’sMars 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!
Outside of my obsessions for heavy metal, sci-fi, and horror, I habitually find myself gravitating towards two distinct styles of media in entertainment: the dark, disgusting, and macabre; or the stupidity of plain ridiculousness and irreverent humor. So when fellow GoD of Thunder, Dave3, hurled out his list of comics available to review recently, it should be no surprise that my eyeballs became magnetized to a title that read Mars Attacks KISS.
I have been a KISS fan for 26 years, which is way more than half of my current lifespan, and so naturally my first two thoughts were, “Wait! Is this about the band KISS?” and “That is the most ridiculous comic title ever conceived – I love it”.
And it is indeed about the hard rock/heavy metal band I’ve obsessed over for nearly three decades – being faced with the skull-faced, brain-headed, ack-ack-speaking monstrosities from the film of the same name.
To put it guilelessly, when I scored this review for Geeks of Doom, it was like giving a jigsaw puzzle with alphabetized pieces to someone with OCD.