Review: The New Ghostbusters #3

The original four Ghostbusters (Ray, Peter, Egon, and Winston) are still imprisoned in a parallel dimension.  Meanwhile, the replacement Ghostbusters, including former secretary Janine Melnitz, have to handle all the paranormal mayhem.

This supernatural chaos includes a Viking ghost stopping by the headquarters to tell Janine that she will be facing a challenge from a monster called “Grendel” at midnight.  Griffin, in the meantime, investigates weird, spectral graffiti at an insane asylum where inmate Dr. Poha harbors a terrible secret in the form of a ghastly possession.

Even before midnight strikes Grendel arrives to challenge Janine.  After the supernatural throw-down and its possibly far-reaching results, a surprise group arrives on the scene.

This is the first issue of IDW’s Ghostbusters license that didn’t suck.  Sure, it was just average, but at least the problems plaguing the book didn’t pop up this time.  The humor wasn’t bad, the story seemed promising, and the ending provided a cliffhanger that has piqued my interest.

But don’t think for one moment that this is a great book.  The artwork is unique but particular to this license.  I have no problem with the character designs other than the ghosts are glowing monsters and not deceased humans (somebody let IDW know the definition of a ghost, please).  The story, though, does suffer from character problems and shortcomings with identity; all the new Ghostbusters seem to be cookie-cutter stereotypes.

While this is a good improvement for the title, The New Ghostbusters still needs a lot to make it a must read.

Score: 3/5

Writer: Erik Burnham

Artist: Dan Schoening

Publisher: IDW Publishing

Price: $3.99

Release Date: 4/17/13