Title: Ghostbusters: Crossing Over #5
Publisher: IDW Writer: Erik Burnham
Artist: Dan Schoening
Publication Date: August 1, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: A headless horseman. A haunted brewery. The complicated nature of temporal mechanics across the dimensions. The Ghostbusters can handle all of that, no sweat. But a sinister force is on the horizon, one they barely survived before—at great personal sacrifice. Tiamat made a deal to leave the Ghostbusters’ earth… but what’s the fun of being a god of chaos if you can’t find a few loopholes? Mass Hysteria is in full effect as CROSSING OVER continues!
When we last saw the Ghostbuster teams they were split up in different dimensions about to face some…unpleasant enemies. Now the teams have met their doom, but what happens next is up to them. And things aren’t just looking bleak for the teams out on the job. Back home in New York, Peck is getting nervous about the various missions and stops by headquarters looking for reassurance. Unfortunately for him, inter-dimensional-space travel is not a field full of guarantees, and he’s only choice is to settle for the B-team and their promise to protect New York City. As for the deity who seems to be wreaking havoc on the Ghostbusters, well it appears she has big plans for the Ghostbusters, just what they are, we do not know yet.
Erik Burnham has done an incredible job juggling the multiple story lines in this series. However, his craft for storytelling really comes to light in this issue as the teams are now actively battling the entities in each dimension. Burnham draws on wit, excellent timing, and each characters’ own personality to put together one hell of an issue. On premise, the series is packed with characters, but Burnham’s ability to then take those characters, mix them up into teams, and develop different story lines for each team is outstanding. Tension is definitely building in the series, but Burnham keeps a steady pace, careful not to rush the final outcome.
As for the art, Dan Schoening has once again met the challenge and created five worlds within the setting of the series. Each setting continues to have its own style and tone, representing the entity that the teams must face within while also separating the worlds for the reader. Schoening begins to craft more detailed worlds as the teams are drawn further into their missions. Particularly, his depiction of the giant moose ghost with the two fire gremlins on its head was inspired.
The Bottom Line:
Once again, we see a little bit of the classic Ghostbusters fans love, mixed with something fresh, allowing Burnham to really explore the secondary stories he has created within the series. The stories are fully supernatural, with some suspenseful moments, but with plenty of humor as well. Tying it all together is Schoening’s art, which really brings the ghostly threats to life.