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VINE VOICEon 17 January 2013
The team behind this new series of GB comics set VERY high standards in volume 1 and continue to live up to them here. There is no need to make a 3rd film, THIS is the best effort to continue the franchise since the Videogame. Having read the IDW Omnibus of recent GB stories and not been too impressed by all of them I wasn't too sure what to expect from this. I needn't have worried. The best parts of the Omnibus stories are exactly what has been used here. The art brilliantly melds the two films with the cartoon/comics styles. Each character has a clear and effective look all with excellent colour work. The story balances the silly/comic moments with scary moments very well and also begins to develop arcs that could well just run and run (a bit like how The Walking Dead is a story without end I suppose), great! The plot also melds the films with cartoons (both Real and Extreme GB, just check out the developing gear that crops up) and references the Videogame as well all in a very subtle and cool way. I also really liked the background hide-and-seek GB franchise and general eighties references that the artist used in volume 1 and are continued here in volume 2. The gallery of other artists interpretations, sketch gallery and bust-report notes just makes it even better. I can't wait to read volumes 3 and 4 now! The franchise is in perfectly safe hands with this development, writing, art and colour team. Please don't ever mess with that IDW!Ghostbusters Volume 3: Haunted America (Ghostbusters Graphic Novels)Ghostbusters Volume 4: Who Ya Gonna Call? (Ghostbusters Graphic Novels)Ghostbusters Volume 1 (Ghostbusters Graphic Novels)

NOTE: After checking around a few websites it's clear that this IDW series consider the two films and recent computer game as canon and the cartoon versions as a separate world. So they will be referencing the cartoons and maybe borrowing ideas and characters from those other versions but fully integrating them all probably isn't all that likely or even possible. Still I do hope the other Extreme GB team members get a moment as Kylie has been used in this IDW version.
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on 8 January 2013
I have so many of these things and they're mostly so-so, often with either great art but a lacklustre plot or vice versa (Though I did love 'Legion'). But this series is ABSOLUTELY EPIC. The artwork is ideal, perfect for the feel of the franchise in general and the stories are the right balance of funny and eep (SILENCE, eep is totally a thing). The characters are captured wonderfully, remaining true to those of the original film while still allowing for embellishment and further character development. I adore the pages of extra stuff you get at the end, explaining how plot ideas and character art were inspired and expanded upon until they became what we see on paper, and I really, really, REALLY love all the nods and references to the other branches of the franchise! I still giggle when I see that cuddly 'Dopey dog' of Ray's in the first book and remember Venkman's exquisite bedtime story... XD

I plan to follow this series with embarassing and stalker-like zeal and if you are a Ghostbuster fan then I advise you to do the same. ;^)

Also, you can keep in touch with Schoening's artwork on his deviantart page, which is also epic. Go stalk!
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on 21 May 2014
I have always enjoyed the Ghostbusters ever since I first watched the films. Now I am really pleased that I have started getting the Graphic novels.
This follows nicely on from volume 1. It is great to see the writers putting plenty of effort in and giving each of the characters the spot light in each story. Well written indeed. It is many little stories within one big gigantic paranormal story. If you like the Ghostbusters than I cannot see why you wouldn't like any of the novels. Enjoyable read for any age.
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on 28 February 2015
The series continues with an OK main story and some subtle plot threads being developed for later. What is amazing is the sheer number of Ghostbusters references taken from the films, videogame and predominantly the cartoon series. Pages are stuffed full of hidden call-backs to these properties that won’t trouble the casual reader but will make the fanboys squeal.

As we learn more about the source of the enhanced supernatural activity the last few pages turn to a story within a story. We are presented with a Russian folktale, the telling of which prompts a change in both narrative and art styles.

The art is just as bold and confident as the first volume. Great use of digital colouring is seen for all the special effects and is a wonderfully atmospheric tool. The eerie scenes almost flicker before your eyes and the whole piece has a very dynamic and animated feel.

A great series very much in tune with the spirit (Har Har) of the original.

Thumbs Up!
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on 24 January 2014
As a Ghostbusters fan i loved this graphic novel because it expands on the Ghostbusting universe by giving a more in depth look at the four and all problems that they or the city of New York encounters!
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on 5 September 2014
not really a comic book fan but loved the ghostbusters as long as I can remember and if you love the fims then its defo worth a read
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on 22 October 2015
Really great graphic novel if your really into ghostbuster then this series is for you.
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on 4 March 2016
If you're a fan of the films you got to read the comics excellent read
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