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"Transformers / Ghostbusters #1" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by IDW Publishing

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Written by Erik Burnham
Illustrated by Dan Schoening
Colored by Luis Antonio Delgado
Lettered by Tom B. Long
2019, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on June 26th, 2019

Review:

After 35 years, the Transformers are meeting the Ghostbusters and my inner child is about to explode. Two key pop culture franchises that have helped define who I am as a person collide in an epic crossover for the ages. Although they've existed side-by-side for decades, they are pretty different. How could they possibly cross paths?

The answer is surprisingly simple and straightforward. Writer Erik Burnham takes us back to Cybertron ages ago, when the planet was taken over by Megatron and the Decepticons. Then a certain familiar traveler arrives looking to end the world. Since this is a planet full of Transformers, she's taken the form of a robot herself. Guys, it's a Transformer Gozer.

When I first saw her, my jaw hit the floor. It's so incredibly awesome. Artist Dan Schoening does a great job redesigning the classic Ghostbusters villain in this new form. She doesn't even have to introduce herself. You instantly know who she is and what she has in store for Cybertron.

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This also leads to one of my favorite interactions ever as Megatron marches up to Gozer to stare down this godlike being. He slaps one of the hounds away as he stomps over there. Of course, Megatron isn't going to back down from a fight, regardless of who this person is or where she came from.

Gozer's speech is key to her intimidating nature and letterer Tom B. Long adds a menacing quality to her voice. Her words are shown in black balloons and large white font, bringing to mind a booming tone. The main factor distinguishing this version of the character from the one we saw in the Ghostbusters movie is how the font is shown in a blocky, robotic manner.

Unlike Gozer's encounter on Earth, she was successful in destroying Cybertron. Fast forward about a thousand years and the Autobots are lost and looking for a new home. It's here that Ectronymous Diamatron gets a special mission that sends him to Earth. You can probably see where this is going.

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At this point the Ghostbusters have met Lovecraftian monsters, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and numerous alternate versions of themselves, not to mention all manner of paranormal entities. Is it much of a stretch for them to encounter giant talking robots? They are seemingly prepared for anything the universe throws their way, so they take everything in stride. This is one of the things I love about the Ghostbusters. They don't avoid danger or conflict. They confidently stride into it with a smirk, even if that might mean the end of their lives or even the destruction of the world.

Schoening has been drawing the Ghostbusters for ages and continues to perfectly capture the essence of each character. His depiction of the Transformers is ripped right out of the classic '80s cartoon. There are some scenes on the Ark that look like they're high resolution screenshots from the TV show. It's spot on.

Colorist Luis Antonio Delgado complements Schoening's style very well, particularly in the more action-packed scenes. Delgado brings a crackling energy to these sequences, making the page explode with bursts of color, whether that's from a proton pack or an ectoplasm-fueled attack.

Transformers / Ghostbusters delivers a great mix of action, comedy, and horror, all blended together in a big bowl of nostalgia. It's a crossover 35 years in the making and it's definitely worth the wait. We're just getting started too, so I can't wait to see what else this mini-series has in store for us.

Grades:

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James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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