Sunday, June 10, 2018

Ghostbusters: Crossing Over #3 Review



Writer: Erik Burnham
Art: Dan Schoening
Colors: Luis Antonio Delgardo
Letters: Neil Uyetake
Published By IDW
Cover Price: $3.99
Reviewed by Wheezy

Going off the last installment, the multiversal crisis had been the established and the Ghostbusters Prime had enlisted a few others from an array of dimensions to aid their quest in recalibrating the ECU before, I assume, reality eats itself. Given the last page was a panel of each team it will be interesting to see they will work together and what hijinks will ensue.

As standard, the summary page does a good job of keeping the reader up to date, and once again, enables this to be picked up by new readers as well, although I mention this each review, it shouldn’t be understated that this is a draw for a new audience. Yes, if you are picking this up you will probably have some connection to the Ghostbusters in some form anyway, but I personally hate the idea of playing catch up in a book so this is welcomed. The cast of characters as you can imagine has now grown, which is also documented, again this page is a vehicle to keep the new reader on the right path.



The issue starts with a conversation with Walter Peck and an unknown person discussing an incident the Ghostbusters attended on the George Washington Bridge. I guess this is my first problem thus far with the series, the first few pages have the catch up built in, along with the teams we will be dealing with along the way, so the whole discussion throughout this issue is establishing the rules of interdimensional travel along with a lot of exposition on the other teams. This leads to the first pages somewhat redundant and a lot of this issue sadly. While the ghost battle on the bridge looks great, keeping in line with the rest of the series, it would appear this is just filler, a bit of distraction while the Ghostbuster prime team dictate the rules to the floor to their interdimensional counter parts.

A lot of this boils down to be kind of hand waived away as they ensure that every knows that time travel will not help them, and there will be no lasting effects on Ghostbuster Prime timeline.   


I was really hoping I read this wrong as it kind of diminishes the gravitas of the story, but if this is only to spin out more books of the other dimensions then maybe it will achieve its goal in producing more Ghostbuster books, I have no idea if that’s the case but it seemed from the first 2 issues this would be reality breaking, now it is kind of reduced to we will make some changes, just not to the prime universe.

The person having the conversation is Kevin Tanaka, a member of Peck support staff, and reports that Janine will be partaking in interdimensional excursions as well. There was a couple of call backs that I did not get, and a reveal of another Egon? (not sure on this one?) which didn’t really have any effect on as I am not a long time reader. There is one panel that basically sums up the entire issue of Peter saying they have listened to enough conversation and have some new toys and they are ready to kick tail. The issue closes out with a panel of entities ready for the arrival of the Ghostbusters and to take them on in the interdimensional plane.

No problems with the Art, but this was filler for the most part, we got some explanations along with a good Ghost battle but really that was just puff this out into a single issue. I really enjoy the sequence of panels used in this series, it keeps the pacing nice even when switching between teams/characters and there must be a temptation to let loose in the Ghost fights but Schoening does well to keep this neat.
Bits and Pieces:
I will put my neck on the line and say I still liked this issue, it is definitely the weakest of the 3 so far, but this one was what can be described as necessary nonsense, the battle was there for the sake of action while we learned the rules of the game. I am still invested in this and would like to say where this is heading but I am dubious about the changes or the lack there of after this.

6.8/10

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