Comics In Review: Ghostbusters #16 & X-Files #12


3841495-gb_new_16-pr-page-001Ghostbusters #16
Story By: Erik Burnham
Art By: Dan Schoening
Publisher: IDW

In this week’s issue of Ghostbusters: Mass Hysteria Part 4, we pick up where we last left off with the Ghostbusters and gang taking on the evil forces of Tiamet, the Sumerian God. Things have not changed much for Dana Barr and Louis Tully who are still entangled in Tiamet’s evil grasp while guarding the demonic fortress. There is still a close similarity between the comic and movie, but with a new and refreshing twist. As I was heavily locked down in this specific chapter, I was enthralled by the comedy and supernatural entities that have made these comics enjoyable to review. The first five pages were quite entertaining as the Ghostbusters were showing their true age and physical condition by taking on a treacherous path up several flights of stairs. Within the shortness of breath and bickering between the team of paranormal researchers, there were much nostalgic references to their early days. Including love for Twinkies, and as times change, their senses of humor do not. My favorite characters were the dynamic female ensemble of Melanie Ortiz and Kylie Griffen. Even though they are depicted as “rookies” in the eyes of Dr. Venkman, they really give the Ghostbusters a run for their money with clever one-liners and animated come backs throughout the story.

As they finally reach the depths of the Ziggurat at the top of the New York Skyscraper, there are more stairs for the group to leisurely stroll upon. There were a few comedic cracks by the possessed Louis Tully who made fun of the Ghostbusters for taking an extraordinarily long time to get to the top of the building.  Things start to get interesting as Louis and Dana are heavily possessed and levitate off the ground high above the building. Venkman and gang are not too impressed with the theatrics of Tiamet and are using provocation to bring her out from hiding. Much like the movie, Louis and Dana turn into the werewolf-like Terror Dogs, and the Medusa-like character Tiamet makes her appearance where the battle finally begins. The Ghostbusters utilize their proton packs to cause quite the “bang” with the nuclear accelerator by crossing streams to bring down their demonic enemy.

This issue was more action packed compared to last and we finally get to see the infamous proton packs do some damage with the Ghostbusters getting soaked in ghostly gook. At the end of this book, I had felt that I had taken on a demon with the Ghostbuster team, and felt the writer Erik Burnham really brought the reader in full swing with over the top action. I got a sense of the Real Ghostbusters and the movie thrown all into one with the vibrant pencil work of Dan Schoening and Luis Antonio Delgado. Tiamet was depicted beautifully with her green scaly skin, topped with vicious creatures flowing out of her green. The only drawback of this issue was the extended staircase dialogue that went on for 3 pages too long. Overall, I really enjoyed this issue and am looking forward to future issues of this re-imagined take on our favorite New York Ghost Bashers. Who you gonna call? I am giving Ghostbusters: Mass Hysteria #16 4 out of 5 Nerd Skulls.


XFiles-season-10-issue-12-Image-IDW-PublishingX-Files #12
Story By: Joe Harris
Art By: Mathew Dow Smith
Publisher: IDW

What I really enjoy about this series is the writer Joe Harris’ vision for Mulder and Scully.  From audience perspective, one can tell Harris is a huge fan of the genre and is depicted precisely into the writing of the comic series, which at times, messes with the readers mind. Joe outdoes himself again with issue #12 and really makes the reader pay attention to all intricate details to piece together the perplexing storyline.

Fox Mulder is in quite the predicament this week when he comes across a gentleman by the name of Alex Krycek in an alleyway. Krycek was introduced in previous issues and was found dead.  We have little to no information on the mysterious man and he again disappears in the desert wind in the blink of an eye.  As Mulder is trying to contact basecamp, he is taken into custody by the Saudi Arabian military for questioning.

As the story unravels, there is more mystery around the Shaybah oil field. The patient that was in the hospital in issue #11 is still being treated and is aware of the mystifying presence that is surfacing around the RIYADH International Hospital. As I read further into this issue, we are again graced with the soldier’s presence that is noticeable with his jet black eyes. I am still trying to formulate an idea as to whether these soldiers are some sort of alien creature or possessed by a demonic entity.  The soldiers yet again infiltrate the hospital looking for this patient, but are stopped before they can find the individual.

The cryptic maze continues until next week leaving the audience with more questions. Joe Harris is the Christopher Nolan of the comic world by making your mind wander continuously causing us to re-evaluate the story numerous times to make sure no parts were missed. Harris has made a career out of being a writing magician and this series is a perfect example of what he is capable of. His counterpart, Mathew Doe Smith does another exceptional job with his artwork by adopting dark color schemes and textures to keep the overall uncanny and spectral imagery of the story. I am giving X-Files: Season 10 #12 5 out of 5 Nerd Skulls.

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