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Comments for Ghostbusters, Volume 6: Trains, Brains, and Ghostly Remains
Ghostbusters, Volume 6: Trains, Brains, and Ghostly Remains: 10/14/14
Ghostbusters, Volume 6: Trains, Brains, and Ghostly Remains by Erik Burnham explores the circumstances and consequences of Ray, Egon, Winston, and Peter's return. While they were gone, the five boroughs of New York got rather comfy working with the New Ghostbusters (because they are easier to boss around and are cheeper to hire). Meanwhile, Janine, is perfectly happy to go back to manning the front desk, except that the supernatural powers that be have their eyes set on her.
It's the Janine plot that's especially interesting. Why was she drawn to this ridiculous job, given that the Ghostbusters go from feast to famine on a regular basis. It's apparently in her blood, and not in a good way. She's not Raven but she does have some supernatural ties, ones that might end up costing Janine her life.
Rescuing Janine from a situation she put herself in, though her own interpretation of ancient and mystical rules, requires the work of the two Egons. Well, it's actual Egon and Janine's English professor boyfriend, Rodger. I call him the other Egon because he's drawn to resemble Egon from The Real Ghostbusters.
Now while it's exciting to get a Janine backstory, having her take (even for a brief moment) the role of damsel in distress is frankly distressing. It's just not in her character sheet. Janine does not need rescuing and the fact that it had to be from an ancient deity, tells you just how sturdy and street smart a person she is.
And then there's the potential love triangle of Egon and Roger. Let's just not go there. Janine in this version (and more or less in the movies, too) isn't interested in Egon. That her boyfriend bears a passing resemblance to the odd ball character sheet that was the cartoon Egon is more for the fans than for Janine. Let's hopefully leave the love triangle out of the plot; she's not the protagonist in a YA paranormal romance.