By Erik Burnham, Dan Schoening & Luis Antonio Delgado

The “Mass Hysteria!” story arc concludes, bringing this current run to an end as well. Winston offers himself as a sacrifice to Tiamat, but the cost will hurt far more than giving up his own life. Meanwhile, the rest of the team race to stop the ecto containment unit from internal combustion…again!

Sad to say, but this issue felt a little anti-climactic; especially after Tiamat and Gozer’s duel. It is Winston’s story that provides the real emotional backbone to save this issue; Erik Burnham came up with an excellent twist with his selfless action that plays on the trope of the hero’s self-sacrifice. Initially, the finale felt weak and unsatisfying. It wasn’t until after thinking about how the two Ghostbusters films ended that I realized that the book’s resolution follows in that same spirit (no pun intended), which allowed for a deeper appreciation. Now, a lot of other subplots in the series were left undone, so the creative team wrote quick little excerpts about those stories and the characters, it felt a little rushed, but hopefully another run will continue the adventures in the near future.

Dan Schoening and Luis Delgado have been a fantastic artistic duo on this series. Schoening never loses the emotional facial expression with his caricature character designs, which is fine line to walk. Delgado makes every bust so vibrant with the neon coloring on the proton streams and the ghosts; always a visual treat, just the like the other mediums the Ghostbusters have been depicted in.

This review may have come off as a little harsh, but I expect quality from the creative team on Ghostbusters. They incorporated numerous Easter eggs, blended elements from the all the animated series and films and finally gave readers a look at a sloar’s appearance! The passion and appreciation for the property is evident in every issue they put out, including this one…I just expected a little more. This is still a solid book and a decent end to an awesome run. Definitely look for these guys to come back in the four-part Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters crossover event!


About The Author Erik Gonzalez

I was exposed to comics early on, one of my earliest vivid memories was picking up the entire run of Dark Horse’s Aliens vs. Predator(1990). Odd and perhaps morbid choice for a kid, I know...At the same time, I was immersed in the pop culture of the time which included, but not limited to: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ghostbusters, Jurassic Park, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and of course, Batman: The Animated Series. Upon reflection, it’s fairly evident why I’m such a zealous geek. My day job is in television operations, so basically I’m exposed to media at every turn, which is where I want to be! Writing comic book reviews is another outlet to convey my respect and fanaticism for the this graphic medium. I hope what I have to say will resonate with others and also spark heart-felt discussion. Simon Pegg said it best, “Being a geek is extremely liberating.”

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