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!
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.