IDW Transformers Ghostbusters Ghosts of Cybertron Part 2 Review

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Ghostbusters Ghosts of Cybertron Part 2 Review

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Carry on my Wayward Son
A Seibertron.com Review of IDW Transformers Ghostbusters #2


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The Road So Far


After a pretty dang nice opening to the series, Issue 2 of Transformers Ghostbusters Ghosts of Cybertron lands! Does it live up to the first issue? Or does it fall into the pitless void that many issue #2's have? well, let's find out!

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Ghostbusters Ghosts of Cybertron Part 2 Review
Hopefully no one died reading issue 1 and reads this one as a ghost


Issue 2 pretty much takes place entirely in 1 staging area, with a short jump to a secondary location. And while that may seem like a boring setup, it is actually a nice get-together with some nice introductions to group dynamics and also some set up for later issues, without being too overly convoluted and boring.

The Ghostbusters crew takes center stage this issue, and the Ghostbuster fan inside me was delighted with how they all played out together: Egon with his wonderful scientific skepticism, Peter as the wise cracker who definitely gets the best on-liners, Winston as the more grounded member who also gets some great one-liners, and Ray who leads the team and tries his best to handle the situation around him. The group dynamic is strong and fun, and I really hope the Ghostbusters fandom is happy, because I am.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Ghostbusters Ghosts of Cybertron Part 2 Review
I'd be more excited if we got free Proton Packs


On the Transformers side of things, we only get 2 characters for most of the book, but we get a better feel for Eck and what he's been up to and what he normally deals with and how important the current mission is for him. We also get some awesome Starscream, and he certainly lives up to the Ghostbusters expectations!

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Ghostbusters Ghosts of Cybertron Part 2 Review
Come on Starscream, I'm trying to make you look good!


We also get a flashback to the introduction of issue 1, showing the effects of Gozer unleashed. We also get some classic Decepticon moments, and a few more nice 86 movie homages in ways that are very much different but entertaining.

While it may not seem like much was done, the group as a whole felt like a good fun ride, and it has helped set up Eck as a member of the team and also gives us some more prompts and questions, making you wonder where things are truly meant to go in this book

Art


Dan Schoening impressed me in issue 1 of the series, and he follows up issue 1 with an equally as fun issue 2. It's fun to see the cartoon aesthetic attached to Eck, though I still insist that the robot heads are a bit too small for their bodies. But that is a minor thing, I can't be too hard on a guy who is drawings Transformers with almost no experience doing so, especially when his Ghostbusters crew has a great style themselves. It's hard for the bots to blend in with that, OK?

But Starscream really shines and he is my favorite of the Transformers half of the party, as is a little surprise guest that I will leave you folks with finding out who that is.

The Ghostbusters crew look good as well, and I really appreciate the facial expressions they have. If tiny robot heads are the weakness, the human facial expressions are the strengths. Well done Dan, I love seeing the smirks, the grins, the "sigh here we go again" looks. It's fun to look at! The backgrounds fill out the artwork well too.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Ghostbusters Ghosts of Cybertron Part 2 Review
Heed his warning, or he'll talk, and you already can't be talked to death because you're a ghost


Colors are shining once more thanks to Luis Antonio Delgado, and the proton streams and the surprise character are real shining points for the colors. Give me some more of that please! I really appreciate the background trees as well. It is a simple matter relatively speaking, but a very nice feature.

Lettering is done by Tom B. Long, and he continues his great work allowing us to view all the joys of the issue and giving us some great angry Starscream spirit.

In Conclusion


Transformers News: IDW Transformers Ghostbusters Ghosts of Cybertron Part 2 Review
Welcome aboard Rookie!


Another really good episode guys, a joy to read!

Transformers Ghostbusters has started out as a silly comic that I am enjoying reading that is giving us a look at a cool new character who got a pretty sweet toy, a classic crew we all love, and a bot that can fit right in with them. It is an enjoyable read, it doesn't have a shock value trick to it, it's exactly what you would expect, and sometimes, that's just what you need.

Keep it up guys, I'm ready to see 5 streams crossing again!

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Re: IDW Transformers Ghostbusters Ghosts of Cybertron Part 2 Review (2029962)
Posted by Big Grim on July 18th, 2019 @ 10:23am CDT
I've been enjoying this and thanks to it, I've used comixologies sales to buy pretty much all of IDWs Ghostbusters stuff. It's almost all really, really good. They include the videogame and still refer to the player character as the Rookie. They also fold in Infestation with Britt and the zombies. It's been fun. Recommended if you're a Ghostbusters fan.
Re: IDW Transformers Ghostbusters Ghosts of Cybertron Part 2 Review (2030781)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on July 21st, 2019 @ 8:47pm CDT
Big Grim wrote:I've been enjoying this and thanks to it, I've used comixologies sales to buy pretty much all of IDWs Ghostbusters stuff. It's almost all really, really good. They include the videogame and still refer to the player character as the Rookie. They also fold in Infestation with Britt and the zombies. It's been fun. Recommended if you're a Ghostbusters fan.

i've been thinking about delving deeper into some of the IDW GB stuff. I really like what I've seen from this creative team
Re: IDW Transformers Ghostbusters Ghosts of Cybertron Part 2 Review (2031331)
Posted by Big Grim on July 24th, 2019 @ 9:20am CDT
D-Maximal_Primal wrote:i've been thinking about delving deeper into some of the IDW GB stuff. I really like what I've seen from this creative team

Having read everything barring the first prime omnibus (because I couldn't find it on Comixology), I've really, really enjoyed it. The crossovers with the TMNT were also a lot of fun and both series call back to these meetings throughout the run.

Highly recommended mate.
Re: IDW Transformers Ghostbusters Ghosts of Cybertron Part 2 Review (2031403)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on July 24th, 2019 @ 6:21pm CDT
Big Grim wrote:
D-Maximal_Primal wrote:i've been thinking about delving deeper into some of the IDW GB stuff. I really like what I've seen from this creative team

Having read everything barring the first prime omnibus (because I couldn't find it on Comixology), I've really, really enjoyed it. The crossovers with the TMNT were also a lot of fun and both series call back to these meetings throughout the run.

Highly recommended mate.

I think I am going to have to.

time to go shopping
Re: IDW Transformers Ghostbusters Ghosts of Cybertron Part 2 Review (2031519)
Posted by Big Grim on July 25th, 2019 @ 12:24pm CDT
D-Maximal_Primal wrote:I think I am going to have to.

time to go shopping

Awesome! Hope you enjoy them as much as I did! :)
Re: IDW Transformers Ghostbusters Ghosts of Cybertron Part 2 Review (2031657)
Posted by Stargrave on July 25th, 2019 @ 11:06pm CDT
Just in from iTunes is a three page preview of the upcoming Transformers/Ghostbusters: Ghosts of Cybertron limited series! Sounds like anyone who has found this book so far is wishing this would become an ongoing series. In this preview we get to see a humorous interaction between Ectronymous Diamatron and Janine and learn where his new nickname comes from.

Let us know if you've picked up the book yet and if you're enjoying it or not in the forums. If you're a child of the 80's or a fan of retro nostalgia this is right up your alley. Enjoy the preview and stay tuned to Seibertron for the ultimate in Transformers news!

From the iTunes description:
Transformers/Ghostbusters #3
Erik Burnham & Dan Schoening

Pre-Order
Expected Aug 7, 2019
$3.99
Publisher Description
“GHOSTS OF CYBERTRON”, PART 3! The 35th anniversary meeting between Transformers and Ghostbusters continues! Ectotron came to Earth and found a situation far more complicated than he was expecting, which means Optimus Prime is going to need to be brought into the picture. But until Optimus can arrive, Ectotron takes the opportunity to join the Ghostbusters on a case and observe the paranormal. And don’t forget about the ghost of Starscream!"

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Re: IDW Transformers Ghostbusters Ghosts of Cybertron Part 2 Review (2031670)
Posted by ZeroWolf on July 26th, 2019 @ 3:23am CDT
I dp love how they nailed the cast here, though my mind keeps throwing two different voices at me for Peter Venkman, Bill Murray and the guy from the first couple of seasons of The Real Ghostbusters cartoon :lol:
Re: IDW Transformers Ghostbusters Ghosts of Cybertron Part 2 Review (2031674)
Posted by Big Grim on July 26th, 2019 @ 7:19am CDT
ZeroWolf wrote:I dp love how they nailed the cast here, though my mind keeps throwing two different voices at me for Peter Venkman, Bill Murray and the guy from the first couple of seasons of The Real Ghostbusters cartoon :lol:

Having read the Ghostbusters comics, the Real Ghostbusters are from another dimension. ;)

Blonde Egon confuses them. :D
Re: IDW Transformers Ghostbusters Ghosts of Cybertron Part 2 Review (2031693)
Posted by #Sideways# on July 26th, 2019 @ 9:34am CDT
I thought the painting of Vigo was transformed into a mural of the Ghostbusters and the kid?
Re: IDW Transformers Ghostbusters Ghosts of Cybertron Part 2 Review (2031695)
Posted by Coptur on July 26th, 2019 @ 9:47am CDT
#Sideways# wrote:I thought the painting of Vigo was transformed into a mural of the Ghostbusters and the kid?


In the comics Vigo is able to come back making the mural only temporary.
Re: IDW Transformers Ghostbusters Ghosts of Cybertron Part 2 Review (2031799)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on July 26th, 2019 @ 6:27pm CDT
Big Grim wrote:
ZeroWolf wrote:I dp love how they nailed the cast here, though my mind keeps throwing two different voices at me for Peter Venkman, Bill Murray and the guy from the first couple of seasons of The Real Ghostbusters cartoon :lol:

Having read the Ghostbusters comics, the Real Ghostbusters are from another dimension. ;)

Blonde Egon confuses them. :D

I've not watched much of the Real Ghostbusters, so all I keep hearing are the original 4 guys.

I love it so much, they nailed the voices and personalities. I am thoroughly enjoying it all
Re: IDW Transformers Ghostbusters Ghosts of Cybertron Part 2 Review (2031857)
Posted by ZeroWolf on July 27th, 2019 @ 2:59am CDT
I'd heartily recommend you check out a few episodes D-Max! There's even one where they go to Hollywood because someone is making a movie about them... They don't seem too impressed with the cast list (it's the real cast list... They even play a bit of the actual movie at the end! Not the library ghost but where Venkman is doing psychic testing)
Re: IDW Transformers Ghostbusters Ghosts of Cybertron Part 2 Review (2031909)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on July 27th, 2019 @ 9:34am CDT
ZeroWolf wrote:I'd heartily recommend you check out a few episodes D-Max! There's even one where they go to Hollywood because someone is making a movie about them... They don't seem too impressed with the cast list (it's the real cast list... They even play a bit of the actual movie at the end! Not the library ghost but where Venkman is doing psychic testing)

Maybe I will! Is there a place to watch them online somewhere? are they on youtube?

also learned last night that there are apparently 2 volumes of TMNT/GB crossovers? I almost both both, but I'm waiting to make a large Amazon purchase for about another 3 weeks
Re: IDW Transformers Ghostbusters Ghosts of Cybertron Part 2 Review (2032084)
Posted by ZeroWolf on July 28th, 2019 @ 9:15am CDT
Yup, they're on there, and you get a choice of watching legally or not. It's a shame that the Network execs had to mess with the show (largely due to unbased fears that the show was going to turn kids into occult fanatics)
Re: IDW Transformers Ghostbusters Ghosts of Cybertron Part 2 Review (2032527)
Posted by Big Grim on July 30th, 2019 @ 12:37pm CDT
D-Maximal_Primal wrote:I am thoroughly enjoying it all

I'm really glad you are. I love it all! :)

D-Maximal_Primal wrote:also learned last night that there are apparently 2 volumes of TMNT/GB crossovers?

Indeed. They're both good though I feel the first is best but they are both very worth while, especially if you read TMNT too as they tie it to their respective series without being obtrusive.

~ Grim
Re: IDW Transformers Ghostbusters Ghosts of Cybertron Part 2 Review (2033568)
Posted by Stargrave on August 7th, 2019 @ 12:09am CDT
Thanks to Spook Central on Facebook we have a full preview for the upcoming Transformers/Ghostbusters Ghosts of Cybertron issue #3. As reported previously this issue will reveal the origin of Ectotron's name and shows what Starscream gets for acting like Starscream around the wrong Ghostbuster. The issue is written by Erik Burnham with art by Dan Schoening and is expected in stores tomorrow August 7th. Presented here are the three variant covers for the issue with art by Dan Schoening for cover A, Nick Roche for cover B, and Philip Murphy for the retail incentive cover.

Enjoy the preview images for issue #3 below and keep reading to check out the incentive cover for issue #4 by artist Chris Panda.

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Thanks to our own ScottyP we've learned of the incentive cover for issue #4 by Chris Panda over at Previews World. Previews World also provides a nice brief summary of what to expect in the upcoming issue (see below). Anyone wanting to avoid spoilers for issue #4 should stop reading now. The issue is expected in stores September 4th.

As always share your thoughts with the Seibertron crew in the forums and stay tuned to Seibertron for the ultimate in Transformers news.




Here's Previews World's rundown of the issue:
"GHOSTS OF CYBERTRON", PART 4! The Ghostbusters and their Autobot allies search the greater New York City area for the missing ghost of Starscream-and discover something much worse has been drawn to Earth. Can our heroes overcome this evil ectoplasmic entity before it utterly annihilates everything in order to achieve its ends? Find out in the penultimate chapter of this team up for the ages: TRANSFORMERS/GHOSTBUSTERS "GHOSTS OF CYBERTRON" #4!
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Re: IDW Transformers Ghostbusters Ghosts of Cybertron Part 2 Review (2033637)
Posted by eburnham on August 7th, 2019 @ 3:06pm CDT
Y'know, I saw a few questions on how Grimlock made it in.

Well, I wrote the in-story reasoning in dialogue and it got cut for space. (;

The real world explanation? Dan drew him on the cover, wherein he put every character he wanted to draw, and I had to include him.

(Figure if I can get away with the events of issue 1, I can get away with that.)

But anyway, glad to see folks are digging it. Maybe we'll do more someday...!
Re: IDW Transformers Ghostbusters Ghosts of Cybertron Part 2 Review (2033657)
Posted by ZeroWolf on August 7th, 2019 @ 5:55pm CDT
eburnham wrote:Y'know, I saw a few questions on how Grimlock made it in.

Well, I wrote the in-story reasoning in dialogue and it got cut for space. (;

The real world explanation? Dan drew him on the cover, wherein he put every character he wanted to draw, and I had to include him.

(Figure if I can get away with the events of issue 1, I can get away with that.)

But anyway, glad to see folks are digging it. Maybe we'll do more someday...!

Thank you for posting and welcome to Seibertron! You know I never even questioned Grimlock being there :lol: So used to having part of the cast anyway. You're doing great work :)
Re: IDW Transformers Ghostbusters Ghosts of Cybertron Part 2 Review (2033661)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on August 7th, 2019 @ 6:37pm CDT
Review coming tonight, been slightly delayed in writing it.

But in short, it is very good and really fun!
Re: IDW Transformers Ghostbusters Ghosts of Cybertron Part 2 Review (2033668)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on August 7th, 2019 @ 7:34pm CDT
Graffitimus Prime
A Seibertron.com Review of IDW Transformers Ghostbusters #3


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Peter can't deal with that right now


Story


Issue #3 marks the halfway point in this 5 issue crossover of 2 beloved 1984 franchises. The Men in Beige have now met the Bot in Red and Blue, and more Ghosts have been busted.

So how does the issue stack up with the story so far? Keep reading on to find out! And if you need to catch up on the important details of the issue, check out our Database Entry!

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Admit it, you can hear that siren too


Issue #3 gave us some great moments with the Ghostbusters and bots. As the issues have gone on, we have gotten some better and more enjoyable Bot to Buster interactions, and this issue continued tha trend.

I would not have guessed or even thought about this prior to the series, but Peter and Starscream make for a great comedy couple. The Starscream snark and attempts to intimidate coupled with the mouth of Peter have led to some really cool and sometimes downright hilarious moments. One of my favorite parts of the issue was Peter just casually tossing Starscream in a hidden trap because he didn't trust him, and hey, can we blame him?

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Also admit this: you always hoped these 2 would come face-to-face


Ectotron has certainly made his home with the Busters as well. The jokes surrounding his name finally culminating in his (much better) rebranding was believable and fun. And then he remembers that he literally is the Ecto-1 right now, and his weariness at being the transport was fun. I also enjoyed the Ghost hunt and the blooming friendship he has with the Ghostbusters. Can the poor bot get a particle thrower already???

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And I will admit, this was the major smiling moment for me


And we finally duck back to the Ark and the other Autobots. And with that trip back to Ark, I really hope we get a Grimlock on Earth with Ghosts and a Wheeljack/Egon meeting. The few pages on the Ark made it clear that there is a lot of fun to be had with some Auto-buster mashups beyond Prime and Ectotron.

The story was a good and entertaining one. There was some plot progression, some fun ghost hunting, team bonding, and of course some great Buster jokes. The Ghostbusters are a great crew, and it has been and continues to be so much fun to enjoy them like this.

Yes, story and characters are pretty good.

Art


Art duties fall once more to Dan Schoening, Luis Antonio Delgado, and Tom B. Long on art, colors, and lettering respectively. It has been a joy to watch and look at the art for this crossover so far, and this issue continues that quality. I haven't really had a major complaint about any part of the art so far, and the quality has been nice and consistent, which is really nice considering this creative team doesn't get to draw and color Transformers much. They caught on quick!

If I had one little complaint, it would be that the other Autobots (mostly Optimus) besides Ectotron seem to possess just a little bit too much of a cartoony feel, mostly in the overly large chests. But it's a stylistic option and it is only a minor thing for the whole issue. The lines have been strong and defining, and I have loved the colors. Luis has gotten to flex his muscles with the colors of the ghosts, traps, and particle throwers. It has been one of the major art highlights of the series for me. It's great to see.

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I wouldn't want to either


Conclusion


Halfway through this crossover, and I am feeling really good about this series.

The series has been a joy to read, and has provided some classic banter while throwing in some larger than life robots into the mix, with great results. It has been very lively, with every page giving you something good to take away, and has given me quite a few laughs. The chemistry here is wonderful, these were 2 franchises meant to meet each other. Keep going strong crew!

P.S. Now that we got the classic "ain't afraid of no ghost" line, bets on who says "more than meets the eye" anyone?

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