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Ghostbusters Get Real #2

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By Erik Burnham, Dan Schoening, Luis Antonio Delgado

The Ghostbusters crossover or mash-up continues with both groups of Ghostbusters trying to figure out how all this came to pass, which leads to some great comedic interactions between the two media versions. Meanwhile, Proteus is actively on the hunt for his mortal prey. He traverses dimensions with no luck and decides to send one of his creations to do the dirty work. As the guys discover the source of their problem, trouble begins to knock on their door…

It is clear as day how much passion and attention to detail there is to this intellectual property. Erik Burnham effectively writes the voices of the two Ghostbuster teams. It’s uncanny how spot-on the Real characters are, their mannerisms and speech feel like this book was written by one the staff writers from the animated series. The only real criticism is that the ending of the issue is a little lackluster, but there is so much fan-service throughout that it doesn’t matter. The prologue is one of the best sequences this creative team has ever done (I’m a little biased since it’s one of my favorite iterations). The issue is worth the purchase for that alone!

Dan Schoening and Luis Antonio Delgado absolutely nail the artwork. They mind-blowingly continue to depict the two iterations so well. The design, right down to the type of color used, of the Real Ghostbusters perfectly matches the cartoon. These two are able to transport readers to the past when this show aired; same goes for the prologue. The nuances and style are so impressive; one shutters to think the amount of time and research it took to accomplish this, but it comes through as a labor of love. Also, pay attention to the several easter eggs throughout the book!

These men just get it. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to see any other group of creators tackling this franchise. If IDW is smart, which they have proven that they are, they will keep going back to this ecto-well of talent. This is no doubt their best work to date and arguably the best Ghostbusters comic done as well. Pick this and issue one, if you haven’t already, up. Fans absolutely won’t be disappointed.

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