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The New Ghostbusters Volume 1: 11/05/13

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In the two Ghostbusters (although the 1984 film was originally two words, Ghost Busters) films, Janine Melnitz played by Annie Potts is the unflappable secretary who is there to take calls even when they're on the brink of bankruptcy. With the exception of the second film where she's inexplicably dating she's attracted to the menchy Louis Tully (their CPA), she has the hots for Egon Spengler (of the ridiculous pompadour hairdo in the cartoons and graphic novels).

But in the cartoons, The Real Ghostbusters (due to a title conflict with a 1975 live action show which was later adapted into a really crappy cartoon by Filmation), Janine rises up from gag secretary to become a well rounded hero (with an obsessive thing for Egon).

The New Ghostbusters Volume 1 by Erik Burnham marks a return of Janine — the Real Ghostbusters one. Them have gone missing, whisked off to another dimension. It's up to Janine and a younger generation of Ghostbusters (most of whom are women) to save the men.

As always, the powers that be (the five boroughs of New York) get in the way. To make a publicity campaign out of their efforts, Janine, et al, are faced with the sexism usually present in comic books but left unspoken. Janine, genre savvy, self-aware, and self assured woman that she is, doesn't take kindly to having to dress like a "sexy" ghostbuster while the one man on the team gets to keep the more practical overalls. So after a few pages (and some scraped knees), the jumpsuits are back for everyone.

To say I LOVED this book would be an understatement. I'm not sure I can put to words just how perfect I found this book as an extension of both the films and of the animated series.

Five stars

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