Ghostbusters #13


By Erik Burnham, Dan Schoening & Luis Antonio Delgado

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters a new story arc kicks off into high gear! As the main Ghostbusting team is off celebrating Winston’s wedding, the backup squad handle another run of the mill haunting. Meanwhile, an old favorite makes a superb return to the franchise…

I have to hand it to Erik Burnham, he totally knows how to blindside the reader. This seemed like a soft open to what is looking to be a potent storyline, but then he brings the rain. He knew exactly how to manipulate the audience, in a good way…brilliant pacing and writing! Also, the transitioning between the wedding and the bust was smooth and felt natural. One, in particular, is when the reverend is about to begin the ceremony, cut to the Ghostbusters in the elevator prepping for the ghost. This series is known for incorporating well-known characters from the Ghostbusters mythos; this issue is the pinnacle example. All I’ll say is that fans will surely have the same surprised look and smile on their face as I did!

The pencils and colors are top-notch, as always. Dan Schoening and Luis Delgado really bring their “A” game in the last third of the book. I don’t want to spoil anything, so specific examples won’t be discussed. If the work they did in that portion is any indication of what’s to come, the next seven issues are sold! On a side note, the subscription cover for this issue is littered with ghosties from the Real Ghostbusters cartoon. It’s a beautiful layout courtesy of Tristan Jones.

Ghostbusters aficionados need to pick this issue up and prepare for Mass Hysteria!