Title: Ghostbusters: IDW 20/20
Words: Erik Burnham
Art: Dan Schoening
Colors: Luis Antonio Delgado
Published: January 16, 2019
Publisher’s Summary: IDW 20/20 kicks off IDW’s year-long 20th anniversary celebration! An all-new weekly event giving a glimpse of your favorite characters 20 years into the future—or past! What made them into the heroes you love… and what twists does the future hold…? Twenty years in the future, and a new generation of Ghostbusters… is sent on all the jobs Ray, Winston, Peter, and Egon just don’t feel like taking on themselves. The Sanctum of Slime Ghostbusters—Bridget, Samuel, Gabriel, and Alan—have proven themselves many times over… first against the demon Dumazu, and later with the Ghostbusters of many other dimensions in the recent Crossing Over event. Now they’re ready for an easy gig, something like a simple haunted house. But they better be careful… you never know Wat could happen.
Twenty Years into the future, the Ghostbusters are no worse for wear, though they are older, and now, they have the Sanctum of Slime team working part-time on all the cases that they don’t want. Returning from their work in Ghostbusters Crossing Over, The Sanctum of Slime Ghostbusters are immediately thrown into another case. Things quickly turn apocalyptic for the b-team, but do we really expect any less?
Erik Burnham envisions the Ghostbusters twenty years in the future, older not wiser, but just as fans love them. Burnham’s story and script touch on favorite Ghostbusters elements, but from the fresh perspective of the new team members. Ghostbusters: IDW 20/20 is packed with typical antics and comedy, along with a terrific storyline. Burnham spares no slime, writing for Ghostbusters audiences new and old. The villain is superb, the banter funny, an all around terrific issue!
Dan Schoening once again crafts one of the best Ghostbusters villains in this issue. Schoening brings Wat, the shapeshifting god, to life on the page, along with the rest of Burnham’s script.
The Bottom Line
Ghostbusters: IDW 20/20 offers everything Ghostbusters fans love with a few new faces in the mix. Erik Burnham’s script strikes that perfect balance between potential apocalypse and typical day at the office.