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Review Brew: Ghostbusters: Answer The Call #1

Writer: Kelly Thompson
Artist: Corin Howell
Colors: Valentina Pinto
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Price: $3.99

Following their interdimensional meeting with the original Ghostbusters in Ghostbusters 101. Abby, Erin, Patti, and Holtzman track down a class three ghost in a Brownstone in New York City. Unbeknownst to them, they get more than they bargained for when a class seven shows up instead.

I enjoyed this issue and I feel like it’s much better than the film. Thompson does a satisfying job of capturing the feel of the characters from the film and making them tolerable. The writing is excellent and highlights the characters personality traits. The humor is exceptional with the witty banter, and you can see the characters play off of each other. Patti even brings up a trope in horror films, about creepy kids in fiction. Which makes sense, and comes into play in the issue. When the class seven ghost appears, it makes sense within the context of the story. His plan is adequate albeit cliche since he needs to feed on fear. For being the first villain of this issue, it’s going to be interesting to see how they defeat him. The pacing started off slow but picks up going forward.

The art by Corin Howell is solid and makes the characters have a cartoony look to them. Howell captures the look and feel of the film with surprising accuracy. The quality of the art doesn’t look as polished in certain parts of the issue though. It’s noticeable during certain parts of the title. The ghosts in the title look spooky and have a horror movie feel to them. Especially, the cute little ghost that becomes a frightening ghost in the next few panels. The panel layouts were placed well and show off the action in the issue. The colors are great and add to the energy of the title. Pinto makes the dark portions of the title look superb, and makes the ghost look have a sense of dread to them.

Ghostbusters: Answer the Call #1 is fun and brings out the best from the answer the call team. I’m looking forward to what happens next for them in the coming months.

4 Schreks out of 5

About Ray W (225 Articles)
Ray was born in the early 90's. He loves movies, comics, manga, anime, and 3D modeling. His favorite anime are: Ghost in the Shell, Psycho-Pass, Parasyte, Hellsing, Gundam Wing, G Gundam, Petshop of Horrors, Heroman, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Golgo 13, Saint Seiya, Ultimate Muscle, Baki the Grappler, Soul Eater, Wolf's Rain, Outlaw Star, S-Cry-D, Blue Gender, Ronin Warriors, Sailor Moon, Evangelion, Gatchaman, Speed Racer, and Dragon Ball Z. He is also an avid gamer with his all time favorite being Ratchet and Clank series,

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