The Ghostbusters humor Ray and follow his notion of a vacation. Appropriately timed, Ray’s idea of a vacation just so happens to be attending a comic book convention. The other guys go along begrudgingly, and chaos, of course, ensues.
Howard’s art is expressive and light-hearted, but needs more variance and consistency. In more than one panel Peter and Ray are nearly identical, save for their apparel. Later on in the issue, Peter’s face has changed considerably, making the duo more distinct. I realize likenesses cannot be used for the comic at this point, but the two characters should be more easily distinguishable. Dan Schoening is an artist associated with the Ghostbusters, and Howard could do well to see how Schoening handles the non-likeness-likeness quandary. Locking down likenesses and character mannerisms would certainly help with some of Howard’s consistency issues. Howard does a good job encapsulating the atmosphere of a comic convention.
Part of the chaos of the con is a dispute between fans of Frank Bancroft and Karl Miller, two comic creators who evidently collaborated, but seem to have divided the fanbase as to who is truly responsible for creating the characters everyone loves. It reminds me a bit of the squabble between fans of Jack Kirby and Stan Lee, you know, in that Kevin Smith-Alex Ross kinda way.
The Ghostbusters find themselves aided by the ghost of Bancroft, a Kirby character in his own right. Ironically, Ray laments never having a chance to meet Bancroft, and, well, here’s that chance. Except there are wrinkles and complications thrown in for good drama.
Dallas and Beard definitely had fun writing this comic, as it shines through to the story itself. It comes across as a story about fans, by fans, for fans. It’ll scratch that Ghostbusters itch for a lot of fans, and it’ll provide a chuckle for more than a few comic book readers who know their comics history. Dallas and Beard characterize the Ghostbusters well, and would do well to revisit this squad.
It’s a fun romp, but I found it to be a thin one. D’Orka seemed like a one-note threat and the manner of his defeat left a bit to be desired. This isn’t the consummate Ghostbusters comic, nor do I suspect it’ll be considered the greatest masterpiece from the creators associated to it, but it’s a fun comic. The Ghostbusters are a property that translates well across various media — from movie to cartoons to video games to comics — and this is another example of that ability.