Sunday, July 8, 2018

Ghostbusters: Crossing Over #4 Review

Writer: Erik Burnham Artist: Dan Schoening Publisher: IDW Publishing Release Date: July 4, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99
Reviewed by Wheezy

If you have been keeping with the previous reviews, or are indeed reading this series, I describe the last issue as necessary nonsense. I think this issue is more of the same, we get in the game with our different teams now it’s all about how this plays out.

The summary page again does a good job of keeping the series straight, I had a little laugh (along with them) that they have not taken the plot too seriously and keeps the humorous tone that has been reoccurring throughout these issues.

The opening page is more of warning that the Ghostbusters are meddling with things they barely understand, and what follows is different sets of Ghostbusters traveling the multiverse. Each set of the paranormal investigators has been tied into each other moving away from the established teams (see the catch-up pages at the front) and obviously this leads to some great character interactions and a chance to play around with the imaginations of the audience.

The first group being trapped in a Sunday morning paper comic strip (takes me back), the others stuck in black and white universe The takeaway being that each team are on the hunt for the big bad in their section and it will require getting used to their surroundings and the challenges they will face unique to their predicament.  

I guess the trouble with this issue is I feel a lot of this was fan service, so for the first time in the series I suffered from being left behind, the cliffhanger was centred around a foe I am assuming they had met in previous issues, as it’s a cliffhanger I won’t know until the next issue, which would be fine if I was a regular reader but the whole build up of that was completely wasted on me. I enjoyed the art, but the 8-bit characters were a bit weird looking at it, at first I couldn’t see them (grandfather time is catching up to my eyes). I feel there is a temptation to go off the rails in this series as the writers are only limited by their imagination as there are basically no rules.
Bits and Pieces:
I guess this is one of those typical middling issues, enough teased out to keep you interested but never overplays its hand in what it will reveal. For the most part, I am still enjoying this but would probably have to give it slightly lower score than the previous issue as there wasn’t much plot/action involved in the issue. It Doesn’t rock the boat, but with four issues left, I am expecting some waves.


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