Ghostbusters: Crossing Over #2 Review

Writer: Erik Burnham
Artist: Dan Schoening
Colorist: Luis Antonio Delgado
Letterer: Neil Uyetake

This issue picks up right where the first one ended, and that’s when Ron Alexander and Jillian Holtzmann come together to build an interdimensional gateway. They were able to get it working but caused a ton of chaos in the process, and Peter Venkman was hurt during the chaos.  Ron Alexander just wants to make a buck, but Holtzmann has other motivations. She knows there aren’t many people like her and the Ghostbusters, so she wants to find more people like her because there aren’t many like her in her own world. While all this is going on though, Peter receives a warning from Dana Barret while in his coma but has no idea whether he should believe it or not. And when Venkman finally awakes from his coma, Egon doesn’t have any good news. The Ghostbusters must retrieve all the ghosts that escaped the containment unit because of the fiasco caused by Ron Alexander and Jillian Holtzmann. They’re going to need all the help they can get, and that’s why Egon summoned all the Ghostbusters from different dimensions.

Erik Burnham knows his Ghostbusters, and it shines through in this issue. He knows these characters inside and out, whether it’s Jillian Holtzmann and her quirky demeanor, Ron’s douchey attitude, or Venkman’s sense of humor. He nails it all and also tells a compelling story as well.  The reason for the Ghostbusters to team up may seem like a slow burn, but it’s totally worth it. Erik Burnham gives Jillian Holtzmann a very good ulterior motive for wanting to create the interdimensional gateway, and it works for her. If he were to use that same motive for Ron, it wouldn’t work at all. Burnham is also able to squeeze in a nice side story for Janine and does a great job with the dream sequence between Venkman and Dana Barret.

Dan Schoening and Luis Antonio Delagdo hit it out the park with this issue. This art team did so many different things in this book and did them brilliantly. One of the better scenes in the issue is when Jillian Holtzmann is being chased by a ghost, and the ghost is trying to take her back into the containment unit, but luckily, she is able to escape. The ghost is terrifying, the backdrop to the containment was done nicely, and the colors just popped on those pages. I am so glad to see these two on a Ghostbusters again and can’t to see what wacky and scary things are planned in the next issue.

This is only the second issue to this arc, but I would recommend it to anyone. Whether you’re a big time Ghostbuster fan or a casual comic book fan, this series has something for everyone. Try it out and be prepared to be amazed by the storytelling and great art.