The New Ghostbusters #1
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The New Ghostbusters #1

Writer: Erik Burnham Artist: Dan Schoening Publisher: IDW Publishing Release Date: February 13, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 14
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The Ghostbusters are gone, spirited away by some dastardly demons from another dimension! But spectral shenanigans haven't ceased in the city that never sleeps, meaning a new group will need to step up and don the proton packs. Will the New Ghostbusters be able to rescue their predecessors, or will they share the same fate? The Ghostbusters creative super-team of Erik Burnham and Dan Schoening return to bust out more ectoplasmic excitement in this all-new Ghostbusters ongoing volume!

  • 8.8
    Fangoria - Svetlana Fedotov Jan 4, 2013

    This series is an interesting addition to the GHOSTBUSTERSuniverse. It's one of the first comics to really take the story away from the classicfour guys and give some of the side characters (most that were made for the IDWseries) a spot to shine. It's advised to start with THE GHOSTBUSTERS beforedelving into the NEW GHOSTBUSTERS, but the latest series does a decent job of providingbackgrounds for its characters. Writer Erik Burnham carries over to THE NEWGHOSTBUSTERS, where the pacing is perfect, maintaining all the bitter humor ofthe movies coated in a fine sheen of ghost ooze. The same goes for artist DanSchoening, who also worked on both series, and continues his solid, albeit abit cartoony style. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Feb 14, 2013

    The Ghostbusters franchise has been in good hand for a while now, and The New Ghostbusters does nothing to change that. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Feb 15, 2013

    Thankfully, we're not losing the original cast of characters we all know and love, as their spirit world adventure looks as though it'll unfold right alongside Janine & Co.'s amusing attempts to fill their shoes. If that remains the case, The New Ghostbusters #1 just added another layer of fun to these paranormal investigators, and gave them some welcome gender diversity, too. Plus, Venkman in space. Sort of. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jamil Scalese Feb 14, 2013

    For a franchise that has produced very little source material Ghostbusters, almost inexplicably, continues to churn out fresh material. This new launch by IDW and the gang continues the tradition that makes all the concept great, from peculiar antagonists, to New York city bureaucracy and sarcastic smarm for miles. Maybe, most importantly, the series is attempting to branch out from the status quo, while still utilizing all the things fans love about the status quo. Thus, the answer to "Who you gonna call?" is a bit more complicated and unfamiliar, but it could be exactly what this book needed to shake off the ectoplasm funk and start to build new stories with a now classic formula.  Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Aaron Duran Feb 15, 2013

    The New Ghostbusters #1 has some really fun stuff going on with it. It deserves a bigger audience than it will likely receive. Give this one a look. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Feb 13, 2013

    Well, this new GHOSTBUSTERS series is awesome. It may be a new team shooting down the ghosts, but it still has the same heart and appeal as the last series. Burnham and Schoening do a great job and keeping old readers entertained, while making sure issue one is easily accessible to anyone who has never read a GB comic in their life. I really enjoyed this first issue, with the only downside being that I didn't like the back up.Overall, this issue was a ton of fun and I highly recommend it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Following The Nerd - Marc Feb 20, 2013

    So, flawed? Yes. But it could be one hell of a ride and I can't wait to see what's going to happen" Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Thomas J. Angelo Feb 17, 2013

    For fans of Ghostbusting in any incarnation, this book is a must-read. For those on the fence, definitely give it a try. It's a fun book that maintains the original sense of humor that made the movies the classics they are today. The new team is made up characters that are uniquely different from the original. This book has a freshness to it, and as the series continues I will be watching to see where the story will lead. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Harrison Rawdin Feb 12, 2013

    Ghostbusters #1 is not perfect by any stretch of the imagination and since it's the beginning of a new status quo fans will need time to get used to it. But the talent behind it more than make a solid case for it. Recommended. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Feb 12, 2013

    There are some downsides to this book, of course"the dialogue piles up by the end, making this story do more telling than showing"and for those who have seen too many stories about "replacement" teams, well, you probably won't find too much new here. But the comedic, cartoony spin for The New Ghostbusters gives me some hope, as these new characters, with time, I think have a lot of potential to win us over. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Geeks Unleashed - Christopher Romero Feb 13, 2013

    What I particularly enjoyed about this book is that you don't need to be either a huge fan of the Ghostbusters movies or comics, nor do you need to have followed IDW's first volume of the series. The New Ghostbusters #1 is easy to follow, allowing new readers to jump right on board with the supernatural blasting characters. Not only are we reaquainted with the original team members, but writer Erik Burnham introduces us to the newer GBs"fresh faces who've seen action before within GBs' comics, but now have become the central focus of the storyline. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Carl Boehm Feb 13, 2013

    Mind you, I liked the hell out of the opening. It was fast. It was different. It had potential. But like a ghost haunting a house, all the bad feelings and errors of the previous incarnation reappeared in a spectral form, plaguing this franchise and its reboot. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jennifer Cheng Feb 18, 2013

    Overall, "Ghostbusters" #1 won't necessarily disappoint long-time readers of the series, but it's a drawn-out, flabby beginning to their newest adventure, even if the characters are their quirky and likable selves. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia Feb 18, 2013

    The art, by Dan Schoening, is appealing in its own way, but I don't know that it's the right fit for this series. His ghosts and monsters definitely look like they fit right in with the aesthetic of the original movie and the cartoon. However, his ultra-stylized cartoon renderings of the "real world" characters and places fails to really create a contrast between the mundane and the ghostly. Schoening's storytelling doesn't do much to elevate the script, either. A good artist can give a script a sense of movement, but that is not something that's present here. It feels like Schoening is simply "drawing the script" here, but given the limpid plotting and humor, he may not have much of a choice. Read Full Review

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