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Ghostbusters International | by Erik Burnham

Ghostbusters International
by Erik Burnham; illustrated by Dan Schoening
(IDW Publishing, 2016, 120 pages)

These are your old Ghostbusters back in action—Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz, Egon Spengler, and Winston Zeddmore. Janine is back as the receptionist. The Ghostbusters have become famous and even have multiple offices now. Their services are in demand. They work for New York, but when a wealthy businessman pays the city’s latest Ghostbusters bill, he also offers to buy the company, including its equipment, and eventually plans to phase out the old Ghostbusters for new ghost hunters. The Ghostbusters refuse the offer but end up working for the man part-time on haunted property on an island near Italy he’s planning to develop. Or does he have other motives?

I enjoyed this book because it captures the personalities of the characters from the movie—Venkman’s sarcasm, Ray’s vast knowledge of useless information, and Janine’s New York accent. You can hear Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Annie Potts’ voices as you read the dialogue. I haven’t read any previous Ghostbusters comics, but I’m planning to. If you’re a fan of 80s movies, you’ll probably like this one.

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