Review: Ghostbusters #10
Happy Horror Days continues with the Day of The Dead! Melanie Ortiz returns to NYC just in time to help the Ghostbusters track down a ghost that is going to extremes to drive its family away from New York!
The second installment of the new Ghostbusters arc, Happy Horror Days, hits this week in issue #10. The story is written by Erik Burnham with art by Dan Schoening. Luis Antonio Delgado handles colors with Neil Uyetake providing lettering. The Ghostbusters take on a strange presence that makes itself known during the Day of the Dead celebrations, but should you join in the festivities?
It’s November in New York and one Brooklyn neighborhood is celebrating El Dia De Los Muertos in a big way. Agent Ortiz, Egon, and Ray are on hand to take readings and enjoy the festivities. Egon is getting some strange readings he can’t quite place, but things become a little clearer when a big ghost who is acting in an unusual way makes its presence known. Meanwhile a little girl is at home talking to her mother about where to place the alter (Ofrendas) for her grandmother. The mother says the girl will have to wait until next year to place it in her room, but the girls doll convinces the girl that together they can build something to not only guide her grandmother’s spirit home but other ghosts as well. The Ghostbusters are all called in to put this new ghostly threat to an end, but it’s proving to be a bit of a problem. Can the Ghostbusters capture the powerful Day of the Dead spirit? Can they save the little girl from her super creepy talking clown doll? What’s the bigger plan at play here?
Burnham writes a strong standalone issue that does a few things to seed the larger overarching story at play with Horror Days. This is a pretty straightforward and interesting battle for the Ghostbusters that starts to put the spotlight on Agent Ortiz, who looks to be playing a larger role in things to come. Schoening art is great as always. Ghostbusters is on the crispest and cleanest book out there. Schoening does great work with the Day of the Dead crowd scenes and the gigantic holiday themed ghost. Delgado’s colors are one of the standouts of the Ghostbuster book. The detail and work that goes into the ghosts, ectoplasam, and other various ghostly things is absolutely stunning.
Bottom Line: Ghostbusters continues to be one of the most consistently solid and fun books out there. Horror Days is giving us a taste of the things that go bump in the night over the course of the year end holidays, and it looks like the thing connecting them all will emerge soon. 4/5
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