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Ghostbusters 101: Everyone Answers the Call: 01/04/18

Ghostbusters 101: Everyone Answers the Call by Erik Burnham

Ghostbusters 101: Everyone Answers the Call by Erik Burnham and Dan Schoening is the album of the Ghostbusters 101 comic arc. I read most of the arc as digital issues over the course of the year but saved the last issue to read in print. There were a couple reasons for that: I've collected most of the albums and by fall I was in serious need for glasses making reading in digital format extremely difficult.

Back when the all woman reboot of Ghostbusters was announced and the dude bros pissed and moaned about their childhoods were being ruined, I wrote a post defending the decision, using Erik Burnham's comics as evidence for an alternate reality of Ghostbusters. This arc unites the original ghostbusters with their female counterparts. It is epic and it is awesome.

Burnham brings the strengths and weaknesses of both groups into play. The original set have the advantage of years more experience as well as their franchises. They have strength in numbers. And they have Jenine who remains the brains of the operation.

But they are also a bit old school and a bit too trusting of their technology. Containment breaches be damned. It is their trust in unsupervised technology that opens up the portal between their universe and the Ghostbusters 16 universe.

The women are still relatively new in the business of busting ghosts but they are more up-to-date with technology. Their traps are wireless. They also are more cautious with technology, meaning that if they had a portal, it wouldn't have accidentally been open. That's probably a built in defense from keeping Kevin in staff.

What are you monsters doing?

But mostly, let's just stop to appreciate the wonder that is Jillian Holtzmann. She's an awesome character in the film. She's even more so in the comic. I swear reading these issues took three times as long because I was taking screenshots of nearly every panel she was in. One favorite from early in the arc:


Five stars

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