GHOSTBUSTERS MANGA - GHOST BUSTED (TOKYOPOP, 2008)
Stories by: Nathan Johnson and Matt Yamashita
Art by: Chrissy Delk, Maximo V. Lorenzo, Michael Shelfer & Nate Watson
Jack Hardemeyer – “Aren’t you going to drop your weapons? Beg for mercy etcetera?”
Winston Zeddemore – “I’m a Ghostbuster, fool......I ain’t ‘fraid of no ghost!”
Whether it’s the sight of four grown-up men being covered in Marshmallow, after tackling a ticked off confectionary based sailor, or the Statue of Liberty walking through the streets of New York, there’s always something to love about the Ghostbusters.They are the guys who do a job no one else can, not because they are necessarily the most qualified, but because they secretly enjoy it.Ok, so Egon and Ray know a thing or two about the paranormal and Peter pretends he doesn’t, but the real reason they get a kick out of it is because they get to run around the city having fun blasting apparitions with laser beams.
It’s for this reason that they became so well established within pop culture, and so were perfect for becoming part of the hugely popular series of Manga books from Tokyopop.Collected together under the title Ghost Busted, six Manga chapters formed one spellbinding book that saw the Ghostbusters up against a disgruntled blast from their pasts, intent on using his own set of 'Ghost' Ghostbusters to take down the team.Making use of an interconnecting plot strand but told using separate tales, the book created an imaginative tale brought together by a collection of talented artists who captured the pure entertainment of the Ghostbusters phenomenon.
With the true heart of the Ghostbusters revolving around comedy moments the book was packed full of them...but it also had a mix of adventures that spanned the worlds of theatre and fashion, with some really interesting ideas thrown in as well.In Chapter four, ‘Just your typical class 1 confined infestation’, a tale about a Ghost's view of the World, the story had a lot of emotion packed into the pages as it dealt with a former teacher of Egon's calling his student for help. He had always insisted that Ghosts couldn’t exist, yet he found himself needing Egon’s help to remove the ghosts of his family from his own home, who were haunting him!Although there was a bit more to the story than that (wouldn't want to give too much away), it did provide an interesting angle on someone’s perspective of life, which demonstrated that the GB's weren't just in it for laughs. The Ghostbusters will always be associated with comedy and a touch of nostalgia, but there really was a lot more to them than perhaps a quick summary of their highlights would ever allow.Egon, Peter, Ray and Winston will always have a place in people’s hearts because of the success of the films, but it was stories like those collected in Ghostbusters Manga which defined why when there was something strange in the neighbourhood, they really were the guys to call. Oh...but please remember to ask the bill payers permission before picking up the handset.
BUSTIN’ MAKES ME FEEL GOOD: *Although Ghostbusters secretary Janine appeared in Ghostbusters Manga, popular characters Louis Tulley and Slimer did not.
*The book mentioned Gozer the Sumerian god, who was the evil entity from the first Ghostbusters film.
*At the rear of the book a collection of early design sketches were included of the complete group and individual Ghostbusters.Artist Michael Shelfer’s depiction of Egon was slightly incorrect as he called him Egon Spangler, when his surname is Spengler. Oh well...the art was damn good...so it was forgivable.