Every single Ghostbuster ever – all of them – will appear in the upcoming eight-issue IDW crossover series Ghostbusters: Crossing Over. The crossover event will see the Ghostbusters lose control of an interdimensional portal that has allowed them to communicate with spirits and Ghostbusters in alternate dimensions. If they want to contain the breach, they’re going to need the help of all the Ghostbusters – every last one of them.
The Ghostbusters: Crossing Over creative team consists of Erik Burnham, Dan Schoening and Luis Antonio Delgado. The trio have a long history with the Ghostbusters franchise. Burnham began writing Ghostbusters comics back in 2011. He was joined the same year by artists Schoening and Delgado.
“This story has something for everyone who has ever loved an iteration of the Ghostbusters,” Burnham said in a press release. “The Prime team from the original movies? There. The Real Ghostbusters? Present. The Extreme team? Accounted for. Not to mention the characters from the video games, the 2016 movie, and the originals we've created for the comics! If you don't like one character, don't worry, we have others! BUNCHES of others.”
Burnham isn’t exaggerating. The Ghostbusters franchise exploded after the movie’s release in 1984. The animated series The Real Ghostbusters came shortly after, reuniting the core team (with the addition of a more domesticated Slimer) and lasted until 1991. In 1997, Extreme Ghostbusters brought a new generation of afterlife investigators into the fold. The animated series saw Egon Spengler training a diverse team of new Ghostbusters after a resurgence in supernatural activity makes it apparent the team is needed again. The most recent Ghostbusters reboot came in 2016, though several comic book series and video games populated the intervening years.
“The biggest challenges from an artistic perspective is emulating the styles of the Real Ghostbusters, Extreme Ghostbusters, Sanctum of Slime and any other teams that may pop up,” Schoening said. “Not only do we want to honor the distinct look of the characters, but also the backgrounds and ghouls. Luckily and gratefully, we have already had a chance to play with many of those characters in previous books.”
Ghostbusters: Crossing Over #1 is due in comic book stores in March of 2018. The series will be written by Burnham, with art by Schoening and Delgado. The issue's covers will be done by Joe Quinones, Tim Lattie and Schoening.