Review: Ghostbusters #13
Lucky issue 13 is here, and with it, the first installment of the eight-part event that will shake the boys and girls in grey to their core! Gozer the Gozerian, the Destructor, was once drawn to Manhattan, but could not complete his work. That’s the good news. The bad news is that he isn’t the only god who has taken notice of Earth… MASS HYSTERIA and our 30th anniversary tribute to the Ghostbusters begins here!
The Ghostbusters’ 30th Anniversary kicks off this week with the first part of a new eight-issue event. Mass Hysteria begins in Ghostbusters #13 written by Erik Burnham with art by Dan Schoening. Luis Antonio Delgado provides colors with Neil Uyetake tackling lettering. Is this first chapter a nice start to the big anniversary?
Melanie, Kylie, The Rookie, and Ron are covering for the main team so Winston and Tiyah can finally get married. The real Ghostbusters are all taking part in the big event, but the other crew is dealing with a particularly tricky ghost in an office building. This ghost is literally all business. It’s a little creepier, spookier, and violent than some other ghosts, but it’s nothing the team can’t tackle. Little do they know their problems are just beginning. Will the Zeddemore affair be cut short due to some rather odd developments? Are all the strange things going on the last several months just a sign of something very, very big getting ready to come through?
Burnham writes a fantastic first issue for the event. It does an excellent job of being accessible to new readers as well as throwing in a lot of things for longtime fans of both the comics and the movies. There’s a compelling story here but it largely sets up a real doozy of a plot point for what’s coming up in the remaining seven issues. Schoening’s art is top notch. The art has always been very well done for this series, but Schoening really steps it up with every single aspect of the art to present something very nice and crisp for the anniversary and the Zeddemore wedding. The character work on the final reveal featuring a familiar face is handled excellently as well. Delgado’s colors get a chance to shine from the weird ghost to the warmer and more open wedding setting.
Bottom Line: Mass Hysteria really hits the ground running. Burnham kicks off the celebration just right and promises a lot of crowd pleasing moments that will excite no matter how long you’ve been a fan of the Ghostbusters. 5/5
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