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Ghostbusters, Volume 8: Mass Hysteria! Part 1: 11/19/14

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Ghostbusters, Volume 8: Mass Hysteria! Part 1 by Erik Burnham is the start of the next arc, but it might as well be the perfect description for the reaction to an unsavory and misogynistic component to the Ghostbusters fandom — a set I will hereby dub the "fake geek fanboys."

So before delving into Erik Burnham's latest offering, which continues to be excellent, thought provoking, yet entertaining, let me take a moment to talk about the recently announced Ghostbusters 3 to be directed by Paul Feig and written by Katie Dippold, and featuring a yet-to-announced all female lead cast. Just scroll down to read the comments and you'll see that many of the comments sporting white, male avatars are the ones saying the most negative, racist or misogynistic.

Here are some of my "favorites":

That last comment, "Ghostbusters was in no way a chick flick to begin with," is the at the heart of this backlash by the fake geek fanboys. They just can't accept that women might be fans of the show or that women can't fight ghosts. I bet they haven't even read any of the recent comics, especially The New Ghostbusters where the team was three women and one man, with the team lead by Janine.

So what the fake geek fanboys are saying is that their fandom is the only fandom and anyone who isn't like them has no valid voice when it comes to being fans of Ghostbusters.

While the initial, rather sophomoric, sex-joke laden movie set off the franchise, it was the peripheral stuff — the non-sex gags that built the world and gave it enough life (or afterlife) to not only spark a sequel but to spark the cartoon series and the comics. Why not revisit the world without trying to recreate the original characters? How is this any different than reimagining Shakespeare or relaunching a comic book series with a completely new backstory?

Okay... deep breath. We're not here to watch the fake geek fanboys thrash around. We're here because of Ghostbusters, Volume 8: Mass Hysteria! Part 1, which ironically revisits the first story to see where they all are now. It begins with Dana Barrett once again being the target of another paranormal attack. Interestingly, she doesn't go running to the boys for help — she goes to Janine because Janine is more discrete.

Take a moment to breath this is: the main source of sex gags from the first movie doesn't want to be harassed by the male Ghostbusters. From a quirky but frat boy comedy has evolved into a world where stories can be told that not only pass the Bechdel test, actually embraces it.

Five stars

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