Ever since the original Ghostbusters film came along when I was a kid, I’ve been a die-hard fan of the franchise as it’s one of my favorite things of all time. While the 2016 reboot turned out to be a bust, it did have its fun moments that made me wish more of those were included to make a better movie. Well at least IDW took what all of us fans wanted and made it happen with a collection of all six issues of the comic book series in Ghostbusters 101: Everyone Answers The Call. If you’re a fan of busting ghosts like I am, this collection will leave you feeling good after reading it.
After an introduction by 2016’s Ghostbusters director Paul Feig, things kick off with the beloved original Ghostbusters, Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz, Winston Zeddemore, and Egon Spengler returning to teach and train a new generation of Ghostbusters while still saving the city from supernatural entities when needed. Meanwhile in an alternate reality, the 2016 team of Holtzmann, Yates, Tolan, and Gilbert are still doing their thing to protect the city from ghosts as well. As fate would have it, there’s a dimensionsional gateway gadget that’s conveniently in the original Ghostbusters’ basement, and of course it gets activated to bring these two worlds together. It’s for the best, as an evil appears that is so terrible, it’ll take all of them to answer the call and bust some ghosts while feeling good in the process.
Being a mega-fan of the franchise, I was grinning from ear-to-ear as I flipped through each page of this. I loved how they even included characters such as Peck from the original film who is now like a supervisor to the team, and even Kylie Griffin from the Extreme Ghostbusters series is around to help out. Little things such as those pulled me into the comic even more and had me giddy as I read. This should come as little surprise as author Erik Burnham has worked on most of IDW’s Ghostbusters series and even made Egon’s famous go-to book “Tobin’s Spirit Guide” into a reality for fans.
The artwork is pretty good though some of the characters don’t look anything like themselves from either the movies of animated series (especially Winston, yikes). Despite this, I had a great time making my way through the six issues collected here as I’m sure any Ghostbusters fan will. So go ahead and answer the call with Ghostbusters 101: Everyone Answers The Call, as you’re sure to feel good while getting your busting fix reading through these fun adventures.