IDW’s Ghostbusters On-going Comic Book Cancelled… sigh

Ghostbusters #20IDW Publishing announced this week that the end has come for the Ghostbusters comic book that has delivered excellent content for the better part of three years. I’m very proud of the team that created it. It brought back the feel of the movies and the cartoons at the same time, while delivering great new adventures on a monthly basis.

I have hope that one day, IDW will bring this great team back together for another go-round. It’s the reason I started reading comics again. I’ve bought at least two copies of every single issue, and gotten many issues graded (now I could do the rest of the series, knowing there’s an end in sight). I’ve also got them all digital (all released so far), and I’ve been planning to get the Total Containment book version, and hoped to get a volume 2 with the next part. Hope that’s still a possibility.

My thoughts are somewhat complex as to why this happened. I know that it was a tough decision by those involved, but it seems to me that there might be larger reasons in play for this. This announcement comes mere weeks before Comic-Con. The Ghostbusters 30th anniversary is afoot. There may well be some pretty big announcements on the way from Sony, regarding the long awaited third Ghostbusters movie. There may even be other Ghostbusters media announcements, like a new cartoon, toy line, and other things.

Either way, I can’t say I didn’t do my part to support this comic book, and I hope that you pick up some issues in this great series. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed that you did. It’s been a fun ride, and it will be bittersweet when the final issue arrives in my mailbox, but I can always go back and read them all over again.

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J.J. Abrams moving to the Star Wars Sandbox

J.J. Abrams Star Wars Sandbox

Found this great comic of J.J. Abrams moving over to the Star Wars sandbox, from Star Trek.  He’s carrying his mystery box with him as well!

Source: Bob Thiele

Ghostbusters: The Other Side #1: Review

This week, the first issue in the new Ghostbusters comic book mini-series, Ghostbusters: The Other Side was released. It is being published by IDW.

You may be aware that there was another Ghostbusters comic book mini-series a few years ago, published by 88mph, called Ghostbusters: Legion. I enjoyed that series a lot. The art was really good, and the characters felt familiar even though they are different from both the film and the cartoon.

In the new series, the character designs have again been revamped. As you read though, you start to learn the reasoning for it all. The characters have progressed quite a bit since we last met them. For instance, Winston has a great new character developments that came as a surprise, and a pleasant one at that.

The Other Side #1 starts with the introduction of the antagonists for this miniseries: a group of gangster spirits. The story very quickly progresses, putting the ‘busters through the wringer and making the rest of the series a necessary purchase. How they’re going to get out of this one is beyond me.

It was a very shocking and entertaining first issue, with a pace that is unlike the films. One things for sure, though: I’m looking forward to the rest of the series to see where it goes from here.