IDW Transformers Ghostbusters Ghosts of Cybertron Part 3 Review

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Wednesday, August 7th, 2019 7:37PM CDT

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A Seibertron.com Review of IDW Transformers Ghostbusters #3


Transformers News: IDW Transformers Ghostbusters Ghosts of Cybertron Part 3 Review
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!

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Ghostbusters Ghosts of Cybertron Part 3 Review
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?

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Ghostbusters Ghosts of Cybertron Part 3 Review
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???

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Ghostbusters Ghosts of Cybertron Part 3 Review
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.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Ghostbusters Ghosts of Cybertron Part 3 Review
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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Re: IDW Transformers Ghostbusters Ghosts of Cybertron Part 3 Review (2033674)
Posted by Burn on August 7th, 2019 @ 8:16pm CDT
I've read every Transformers crossover ever. I survived the New Avengers long enough to be confronted with the train wreck that was The Visionaries which just helped reinforce my disdain for Transformers crossing over with other franchises.

And then IDW threw Star Trek at us, and it was silly. Silly fun, but it offered hope that after the mess of previous crossovers there could be something GOOD!

And there is, and this is it. But it's not just good, it's a bloody ripper.

I've always enjoyed IDW's Ghostbuster comics. Great visuals and great story telling, and that's carried over into this crossover.

This particular issue was just fun. From Ectotron getting his new name, leading to Optimus Prime to mutter a "thank Primus" for it, to Ectotron not wanting to talk about the squishy humans riding inside of him. Small moments of humour really made the issue.

I mean sure, it's basically a glorified advertisement for Ectotron, and what will no doubt be Ghostbuster Optimus Prime, BUT IT'S BLOODY FUN!

Collect them individually, wait for the trade, whatever floats your goat, just be sure to pick it up and have a read of it.
Re: IDW Transformers Ghostbusters Ghosts of Cybertron Part 3 Review (2033675)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on August 7th, 2019 @ 8:19pm CDT
^^Basically my review, but in much better and simpler less formal language!
Re: IDW Transformers Ghostbusters Ghosts of Cybertron Part 3 Review (2033680)
Posted by Acolyte on August 7th, 2019 @ 11:30pm CDT
I picked up the Ectotron toy while I was visiting a GameStop in the states a few weeks back. Didn't open him, because I had MP-10G enroute to my home in Japan when I returned. ECTO-35 Optimus arrived today, and I took a moment to open both and just really tinker around and enjoy the many amazing pieces of love and detail that they put into those toys ("We're ready to believe you" on the side of MP-10G's trailer, painted Slimer/translucent Slimer, Roller is a ghost trap, proton packs on both models, logos and beautiful coloration throughout).

And I thought to myself: "You know, I've never read any of the crossover comics these two are based on, but if they put half as much effort into them as they did these toys this could be a real love affair."

And it sounds like they did.

I can't wait to pick up some copies.

Side note/unpopular opinion: I just watched the all female 2016 Ghostbusters movie - with much skepticism - and it actually won me over. It was funny, it was a better edited shot-for-shot style reboot of the original. There was very minimal guy-bashing, and the little that there was was kind of like an inside joke amongst ladies when they go out and talk about their husbands/boyfriends; it had a degree of love and acceptance to it. I dunno, I just expected to thoroughly hate it, and ended up really enjoying it. I would easily (h/t Brian Kilby from RFC) endorse a "into the Ghost-verse" version of this movie where it turns out there are multiple Ghostbusters teams across multiple dimensions. Especially if we get a cinematic Ectotron.
Re: IDW Transformers Ghostbusters Ghosts of Cybertron Part 3 Review (2033695)
Posted by eburnham on August 8th, 2019 @ 4:08am CDT
I mean, we make full use of all Ghostbusters.

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Re: IDW Transformers Ghostbusters Ghosts of Cybertron Part 3 Review (2033814)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on August 8th, 2019 @ 9:08pm CDT
eburnham wrote:I mean, we make full use of all Ghostbusters.

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Dang, more madness to pick up.

I really need a massive Amazon card to purchase all the Ghostbusters books
Re: IDW Transformers Ghostbusters Ghosts of Cybertron Part 3 Review (2033848)
Posted by Big Grim on August 9th, 2019 @ 3:56am CDT
D-Maximal_Primal wrote:Dang, more madness to pick up.

I really need a massive Amazon card to purchase all the Ghostbusters books

The recent sale on Comixology gave me a chance to buy the everything they had and damn near all of it is amazing. I want more and this crossover is just a delight!

I do wonder if this will stay canon and be mentioned vaguely in the same way the Turtles crossovers have?
Re: IDW Transformers Ghostbusters Ghosts of Cybertron Part 3 Review (2033945)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on August 9th, 2019 @ 9:17pm CDT
Big Grim wrote:
D-Maximal_Primal wrote:Dang, more madness to pick up.

I really need a massive Amazon card to purchase all the Ghostbusters books

The recent sale on Comixology gave me a chance to buy the everything they had and damn near all of it is amazing. I want more and this crossover is just a delight!

I do wonder if this will stay canon and be mentioned vaguely in the same way the Turtles crossovers have?

I hope we see more of Ectotron. It would be awesome if the GB comics would be allowed to keep a hold of him after this crossover
Re: IDW Transformers Ghostbusters Ghosts of Cybertron Part 3 Review (2034873)
Posted by Stargrave on August 17th, 2019 @ 11:05am CDT
I FINALLY got out to the comic shop and snagged the first two issues. Hooked! This is very much a longtime love of mine a Transformers What If..? story. Like Hearts of Steel only modern and with Ghostbusters. Ten pounds of awesome in a five pound bag I can’t wait to read the rest.

Ghostbusters was one of the first movies we rented for our VCR when I was a kid and I rented it and re-rented it dozens of times just playing it all weekend long. You totally got chocolate in my peanut butter.

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