This series is amazing. It’s well written, well drawn, and has a ton of positive energy. You can tell that the team involved in bringing this series from concept to print is pouring everything they have into it. If you haven’t picked up the series, and you are indeed a Ghostbusters fan, then you are truly missing out.
Like the previous two installments, this issue deals with many subplots while linking them to the major arching plot. Not only that, but there are a few extra plot devices thrown in that don’t directly tie to the subplots, but are likely to pop up later on. This really adds a high level of believability to the series. Real life isn’t set up in a tidy set of plot-lines, so why should a fictional story be any different? Erik Burnham throws a lot of information out there, but doesn’t overwhelm the reader. Fantastic organization and storytelling skills.
The other thing Burnham does, that he also did in the last issue, is that he closes out subplots before starting new ones. I absolutely hate when comics go for several issues before providing any sort of closure to any subplot. Too many open subplots can get overwhelming, but Burnham avoids doing that. This issue he provides closure to last issue’s terror bear, while starting up a new plot about some potential ghostbusting rivals (how they go about becoming rivals might prove to be disastrous). This is also where Burnham’s organization comes into play. This “potential rivals” subplot is placed at the beginning of the issue, so it doesn’t detract from the already established, more important stories. Placed anywhere else, and the issue’s pacing would have been thrown way off.
The art team, once again, nails it. Character designs are spot on, and the consistency throughout the issue is flawless. New characters also have unique looks to them, so characters don’t look the same. The team also does great work on the new equipment the Ghostbusters use. The designs are drawn in such a way that you can tell a boson dart gun from the proton packs. Ray is even working on a megatrap that has a different look and feel to it than the standard traps the Ghostbusters use.
And, of course, we have the extras. Two more pieces of fan art (from small children mind you), and a behind the scenes look at the terror bear. We also get the P.C.O.C. file on the terror bear. The file has also been hilariously tampered with by Peter Venkmen. Walter Peck has also made some notes on it. The file, although an extra, is another thing that really adds a layer of believeability to the world. For readers, be sure to check each panel carefully, as the art team has once again provided some easter eggs for those hardcore fans out there.
Once again, the team has brought us an excellent issue. Seriously, Ghostbusters fans need to pick up this series. The series could pass itself off as if it were being overseen by the original creators. That said, I am impatiently waiting for the next issue.