Friday, July 08, 2016

Booknote: Ghostbusters International

 Erik Burnham, Ghostbusters International. San Diego, CA; IDW, 2016. ISBN: 9781631406232.

Genre: graphic novels and comics
Subgenre: comedy, paranormal
Format: e-book galley
Source: NetGalley

This is a short comic of about 60 pages that features the original cast of Peter, Ray, Egon, and the rest of the gang. The story begins with them doing a job at the United Nations building in New York City. Shortly after, they get hired to do a series of ghost busts in a small Italian island. It seems the client wants to develop the land, but it is heavily haunted. However, the client may not be all he seems, and this job may not be as easy as the Ghostbusters think it is.

This small comic combines the charm of the original Ghostbusters with a bit of action and mystery. By the way, it was a cute detail to have Ray getting a Tarot reading at the beginning of the story. Even though they comment on the Death card as a sign of change and not the terrible literal meaning pop culture gives it, the comic, in putting the heroes in danger does the pop culture thing with the Tarot card. Also, check out a certain EMT who makes a brief appearance and looks like Dom DeLuise in Cannonball Run (link to image; link to film information). It was a neat pop culture detail that young readers may miss, but older readers may notice.

Overall, I liked this one, and I would seek out the next volume, especially since this one ends in a cliffhanger. It's a light and fun selection.

3 out of 5 stars.

This book qualifies for the following 2016 Reading Challenges:

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