Title: Ghostbusters: Crossing Over #4 | Publisher: IDW | Writer: Erik Burnham | Artist/Cover: Dan Schoening | Publication Date: June 4, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: “There was a plan. A good plan. The Ghostbusters of Many Worlds would just split up and seek out the ghosts that had escaped from the containment unit in the dimensions those ghosts sought refuge in. Simple. Effective. And it should’ve gone off without a hitch… until something went wrong. It seemed small, but it hints at the chaotic presence of a being that Peter, Egon, Ray—and especially Winston—had hoped they’d never meet again.”
Divide and conquer, a classic tactic to defeat an enemy. Unfortunately, not every mission goes as planned, and division means fewer Ghostbusters to pitch in and save the day. Split up into different dimensions, and moved off course, the Ghostbusters teams arrive at their random destinations. Except it may not be entirely random. As the teams search for the escaped ghosts, a larger evil looms over the teams. Is the evil entity the reason the teams were all diverted? And more importantly, what is this entity’s master plan?
The teams emerge from a mildly disorienting trip through space and time to discover they are not where they are supposed to be. Something or someone has altered their destinations, but who and why? Erik Burnham really lays the groundwork for future issues here. He adds new elements to the narrative, incorporating an overarching evil, while maintaining the original plot of finding the lost ghosts and restoring the containment unit. But as the plan goes awry, Burnham introduces new dangers: a game of chance, a literary villain, and a return to a previous case. This issue featured a few ghostly guest appearances that are sure to please fans, but they are also important to the plot. With the teams divided, the Ghostbusters are at their most vulnerable, Burnham plays into that vulnerability with these special guests, each creating a mini crisis for the teams. He masterfully builds suspense and intrigue into the final few pages as the fate of the Ghostbusters teams is unknown and the potential for failure grows.
However, it is Dan Schoening’s art that really stands out in this issue. His unique representation of each dimension, the old school comic strip dimension, the black and white film noir dimension, and the cave dimension, brings the plot together beyond Burnham’s words. Each dimension is crafted with a slightly different tone, emphasizing the events of each place.
The Bottom Line:
Burnham has once again impressed with his storytelling technique, blending classic Ghostbusters elements with his unique storyline. Schoening’s artwork really brings each dimensions to life in this issue, tying in perfectly work Burnham’s words.