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Ghostbusters: Mass Hysteria! Part 2: 05/07/16
Ghostbusters: Mass Hysteria! Part 2 by Erik Burnham was published in the 30th anniversary year of the original film. It brought back together all the original plots. It felt like an ending just as we were getting jazzed for the relaunch with a new movie.
Ray's inability to fool ghosts is lamp-shaded and then drawn out to be a big part of this plot. There's a head to head with both big-bads from the movies. It's fun and it's nostalgic.
But it also continues the discussions from Part 1 about the sexism in the movies and the continuing sexism in some of the franchise's most ardent fans. It quietly supports the decision to change the cast and to make the story more about ghostbusting and less about skimpy clothes and sophomoric humor.
I wish I had more to say but I've waited more than a year to post about it. I read it over New Year's 2015 during the tail end of an exhausting but rewarding road trip to British Columbia. In the process of preparing the blog for the new year I missed this book. It wasn't until I was sitting down to write a new review of Erik Burnham comic that I realized I'd missed this one.