Review: The X-Files: Conspiracy: Ghostbusters
The Conspiracy continues! The Lone Gunmen investigate their first lead, the Ghostbusters. Are they frauds and charlatans, bilking unwitting clients out of money? Or do they have special insight into the afterlife? And how are they connected to the plague that’s poised to wipe out humanity?
The X-Files Conspiracy crossover continues this week as the Lone Gunman stop by the offices of the Ghostbusters. The story is written by Erik Burhnam with art by Salvador Navarro and colors by Esther Sanz. Shawn Lee rounds things out with lettering. So what happens when professional skeptics run into professional ghost hunters?
After receiving some mysterious files supposedly from the future that revealed an impending viral outbreak, the Lone Gunman set out to investigate some of the people and urban legends mentioned in the documents. The first name on their list is the Ghostbusters. The trio set out to Manhattan to see what clues the Ghostbusters may offer in their investigation of what could be the biggest conspiracy they’ve ever come across. The trio worm their way into the Ghostbuster’s headquarters under the pretense that they’re press looking to interview the team over “that thing on Long Island.” They get a chance to wander around until they unwittingly release a powerful ghost. They don’t believe it’s real, but when the Ghostbusters return they know they need to get it back in the trap quickly. Skeptics are hard to turn around, but the Lone Gunman will have to work with the Ghostbusters if they hope to get things back under control. Can these two very different teams work together? Do the Ghostbusters hold the answers the Lone Gunman are looking for?
Burnham writes a solid issue. He has a great handle on the Ghostbusters considering he does it monthly, but he also does a great job at capturing the voices of the three big X-Files characters. This issue has a slightly formulaic style though. The format and nature of the six-part crossover miniseries does require that somewhat, but it takes a little bit of the punch out of the comic. The real meat of the reason the two are crossing over is relegated to the final two to two and a half pages. Navarro’s art is very sharp and realistic. The regular Ghostbuster series has its own style, so it’s odd and really interesting to see a much more realistic take. The Lone Gunman are near spot-on, but the Ghostbusters are just a hair off from their real life counterpart (because they have to be). Navarro draws a wonderful and scary ghost for the assembled teams to chase down. Sanz’s colors are very much in line with the realistic art, but the colorist really lets loose when the ghostbusting begins. Things get very bright and eye-catching.
Bottom Line: The X-Files: Conspiracy: Ghostbusters is an enjoyable and quick read, but it doesn’t feel like a huge, exciting crossover event. The story of the Lone Gunman is progressing and the road just happened to take them through Ghostbuster territory. This may be one that benefits from rereading once we start to see the bigger plan. 3/5
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