Review: Ghostbusters #12

Review of: Ghostbusters #12
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Erik Burnham

Ghostbusters #12

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On January 29, 2014
Last modified:January 29, 2014


Happy Horror Days is an enjoyable arc, but it ends without much fanfare.

The end of the year is a hectic time for most businesses, and the Ghostbusters are no exception. Beset from all sides by a surge in spectral activity over this particularly busy season, they’re looking forward to a little bit of a break once the new year hits. But recent supernatural symptoms shown by the City that Doesn’t Sleep are coming to a head, and the Bogeyman has arrived to take the city’s future!

The four-part Ghostbuster adventure Happy Horror Days wraps up this week in the pages of Ghostbusters #12. The story is written by Erik Burnham with art by Dan Schoening. Luis Antonio Delgado handles colors with Gilberto Lazcano providing lettering. Burnham writes the backup story with Erik Evensen tackling art. Does the big finale for holiday spooktacular end with some fireworks?

Things have been even stranger in the neighborhood with boogeymen popping up during Devil’s Night, the Day of the Dead, and the Sinterklaas festival. Add the strange red lightning all across the tri-state area, and the Ghostbusters have been pretty busy the last few weeks. Everyone is hoping New Year’s will give them a chance to catch their collective breaths, but there’s no such luck. The team finally pieced together what was causing all of the recent incursions, but can they stop it in time?

Burnham writes a good script. We get a thorough explanation about what has been going on the last four issues and can see how all the pieces of the puzzle come together. The final battle is a little anti-climactic and ends a little too quickly and a little too cleanly though. This is the end, a fairly complete end at that, but it feels like something’s missing. Hopefully this is less of the end we take it to be and more a sign of what’s on the horizon. Schoening’s art is great as always. The detailed background and distinct character work makes for some amazing Ghostbusters cartoon-y goodness. Schoening really lets loose when we get to the Times Square scenes. The landscape is perfectly rendered and the ghost with his tricks is handled in amazing fashion. Delgado’s colors continue to be a standout for the series. From the everyday to the incredibly otherworldly elements, Delgado makes things bright and lively.

Bottom Line: Happy Horror Days is an enjoyable arc, but it ends without much fanfare. The abrupt end feels like it has left some unfinished business. With what we know is coming up next, this might be one that becomes stronger when the complete picture can be seen. 3/5

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