Review: Ghostbusters #15
Louis Tully was an average accountant until the day that Vinz Clortho—Keymaster of Gozer the Traveler—possessed him in service of the end the world. Now the news says New York is at the center of Sumerian shenanigans again, and Louis should want nothing more than to steer clear… but something is drawing him back. Is it morbid curiosity or something more sinister? “Mass Hysteria,” the 30th Anniversary celebration, continues here!
Mass Hysteria rolls on this month in the pages of Ghostbusters #15. The story is written by Erik Burnham with art by Dan Schoening. Luis Antonio Delgado handles colors with Neil Uyetake tackling lettering. With the introduction of Louis Tully into the new comic storyline, fans will obviously be eager to see what’s in store this month, but is it worth the price of admission?
Louis Tully has had a rather interesting time since the whole incident with him being possessed by Vinz Clortho, the Keymaster of Gozer. Having left the service of the Ghostbusters and New York, Louis finds himself inexplicably drawn back to the Big Apple after a series of horrible dreams. For some reason he feels like just being back in the city could make things OK. With Dana being tormented by the sister of Gozer, the goddess of chaos Tiamat, it’s starting to seem like a much larger plan has been set in motion. With Peter left in the dark about Dana’s recent troubles, and the blood still raining down from the skies, there’s a lot going on that’s keeping each and every member of the Ghostbusters busy. With a new player entering the game, how does Tiamat’s plan get one step closer to its completion? Will Janine have to bring the full team in for Dana’s new problems?
Burnham writes yet another great, complex issue. However this month a lot of those various threads start to come together. It’s all connected. The movies and the comic book storylines that have been running the last several months all start connecting up and showing us what Burnham has been working on for quite a while. Schoening’s art is great as always. Things are very crisp and clean, as usual. This arc has given the artist a chance to shake things up a little and get slightly more movie-accurate representations of characters. Dana and Louis being the best two examples. There’s also an appearance at the beginning from another actor I won’t spoil here, but if it is indeed modeled after who it really, really looks like, it’s a perfect fit for the story. Delgado’s colors work hand-in-hand with Schoening’s art, giving it a very bright and eye-catching look. It’s borderline Saturday morning cartoon with better use of lighting.
Bottom Line: Mass Hysteria continues to please. Burnham and company have been playing the long game with a lot of the more recent Ghostbuster stories and it’s starting to pay off in rather exciting ways. 4.5/5
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