In Review: Ghostbusters: Crossing Over #6

This is epic Ghostbusting.

The covers: Three different covers to reinforce your collection from an avalanche of ghosts. The A cover comes from Dan Schoening with colors by Luis Antonio Delgado. This is in the same style as the previous A covers with a yellow and black hazard warning in the upper left and lower right corners against a blue background. In the foreground is one of my absolute favorite characters, Patty Tolan, who’s beaming brightly at the reader. Behind her is Ecto-1 with Ron Alexander leaning on its left side, turned slighted to shoot a grin. To the immediate right is Ray Stantz of the Real Ghostbusters who’s also smiling while holding his Ghostbuster particle thrower. Behind him is a large image of Gabriel Sitter, of The Sanctum of Slime Ghostbusters. He looks serious as he holds his PKE meter. This is a great illustration and I’m hoping that when this series concludes IDW collects all of these into a poster. Tim Lattie has created the B which features Kylie Griffin in the center. She’s leaning forward as if to leap at the reader. The right side of her is different from her left, which teases an incident occurring in this issue. In each corner are different groupings of the many different Ghostbusters teams. The background is a yellow grid against space, giving this a 2001 vibe. The final cover is the Retailer Incentive by Brian Shearer. This has seven of the many Ghostbusters crammed into an elevator. Ray holds the door asking if the reader is “Going up?” All look uncomfortable at being wedged into the thing, and not helping is Slimer who’s guzzling a bottle of beer that’s going right through him. This is neat, but the likenesses aren’t the greatest on this. Overall grade: A A, B B+, and Retailer Incentive C+

The story: Erik Burnham is a juggling several story threads in this issue. All of them are incredibly entertaining. The first focuses on a group being attacked by a ghostly clown that doesn’t want the ‘busters dead until he eats them. Using all their traps to suck the monster in won’t work because they’d run out of power before getting the beast into a containment unit. Ray feels the best thing they can do is use their streams at full power to beat it down and they proceed to do so. Meanwhile, in the psychic realm, Garrett Miller is confronted by an evil ghost version of himself that’s trying to get him to wallow in his grief. That ghost should have know better. In the black and white dimension ruled by Death, a chess match is being played between Eduardo Rivera and Death over the soul of Egon Spengler. Things aren’t going well. This is a lot of fun and will be incredibly confusing if this is one’s first issue. I’m only vaguely familiar with all the incarnations of the Ghostbusters and it’s a lot for me to follow, but I’m doing well enough to get the gist of what’s going on. There are two familiar/new characters who come into this series to give a team of ‘busters something they believe will help them to stop all the mayhem that’s occurring. The specters in this issue are incredibly fun, with the female one that’s become the focus of Dr. Venkman and two tiny spirits that are causing havoc on a gigantic animal specter hilarious. The final page had me laughing at an — almost — classic line that’s said. This is epic Ghostbusting. Overall grade: A

The art: Because there are several different teams of Ghostbusters running about, artist Dan Schoening respectfully and painfully has each looking exactly true to their personas. For example, The Real Ghostbusters look as though they’ve stepped right out one of their animated adventures, while The Extreme Ghostbusters look as though they’ve done the same. This detail to give each character their proper due is undeniably impressive. Add to that some incredible ghosts to cause trouble and some lavishly detailed settings and one cannot help but come to the conclusion that this is one of the best looking books in comics. The highlights of Shoening’s visuals start with an outstanding gigantic clown, move to Garrett having a conversation with a doppelganger, then to a battle against Death while a gigantic moose raises hell, to a haunted house with one heck of a frightening tenant. I was already drinking in every image in this book and then Schoening put the cherry on top with the arrival of two characters on Page 15. Just seeing the male character had me giddy with anticipation. The likeness is so good, I easily knew who this was before he was named. This book just looks incredible. Overall grade: A+ 

The colors: Also contributing to the superior look of this book is colorist Luis Antonio Delgado. The emeralds on the opening ghost have it practically radiating off the page. The colors on The Real Ghostbusters’ Ray visually tell the reader that this character is not in the right dimension. The black and white sequences are absolutely stellar, looking as though they were pulled from a Bergman film. The reds that resonate from the female freak that’s got Holtzmann are as electric as the opening emerald clown. The sequence in the park have an fanciful blue that makes them magical and heralds the arrival of two characters. Delgado deserves as much praise as Schoening. Overall grade: A+

The letters: Neil Uyetake is the book’s letterer responsible for dialogue and narration (the same font), yells, ghost dialogue, and sounds. I always have to hand it to IDW for having their Ghostbusters’ books use such an exemplary style of lettering for the spectral speech, with it looking as though it’s been uttered from something ancient. The sounds are also well done, though there aren’t too many in this issue. There are several different variety of yells, allowing the reader to see how each utterance should be heard correctly. Overall grade: A

The final line: Without question, this is the greatest Ghostbusters epic of all time. Every possible character is involved in stopping horrors that have traveled across different dimensions. There are several laughs and plenty of appropriate chills for readers of all ages. Perfect reading. Overall grade: A

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Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer's Guide for several years with "It's Bound to Happen!" and he's reviewed comics for TrekWeb and TrekCore. He's taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for five years and counting. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones items online.
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