IDW Transformers Ghostbusters Ghosts of Cybertron Part 5 Review

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Ghostbusters Ghosts of Cybertron Part 5 Review

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019 7:46PM CDT

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A Seibertron.com Semi-Spoilerish Review of IDW Transformers x Ghostbusters #5


Transformers News: IDW Transformers Ghostbusters Ghosts of Cybertron Part 5 Review
Round 1: FIGHT!


Story

The finale has arrived, the ghosts are all out on the attack, and the Ghostbusters, old and new, are in hero mode.

Did they succeed in winning over our hearts and minds?

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Ghostbusters Ghosts of Cybertron Part 5 Review
The Waves have a very high opinion of us


Well, yes.

The Transformers x Ghostbusters finale lived up to the 4 issues that preceded it, and it gave us exactly what was expected, and it did it very well. It gave us the Ghost Decepticons in all out attack and revenge mode, it gave us a quippy cool-dad styled Optimus Prime, it gave us a young Autobot who finally found his niche, and it gave us a perfect mix of Ghostbusters crew and Transformers. The interactions felt real, it felt earned, and it was enjoyed. The comic crew felt real, and felt like they earned what they all got to do. This was a good finale that earned its good quality.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Ghostbusters Ghosts of Cybertron Part 5 Review
Round 2: FIGHT!!


The praises I have given the series live on through this issue, and continues to show that Erik Burnham knows his Ghostbusters, his Transformers, and his combination of the 2 very well. All of the characters lived up to how we have all come to remember them acting, and it gave us a very convincing and enjoyable new cast member in Ectotron to properly bridge the franchise gaps.

The Decepticons had their chance to shine this issue as well, and all of them lived up to how we would think they would act and behave. Starscream wants vengeance on a quippy Venkman, Shockwave and Soundwave just want new bodies, and Megatron just wants to vanquish Prime and the Autobots. And the Ghostbusters served as a great continuation of the classic characters while also providing some excellent, clever, and genre-savvy commentary.

In short, the characters were excellent, the plot was fun, enjoyable, and clearly laid out for us, and the book provided us with an excellent crossover ride.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Ghostbusters Ghosts of Cybertron Part 5 Review
SLIME FIGHT!!!


Art

Wrapping up the crossover are Dan Schoening, Luis Antonio Delgado, and Christa Miesner on art, colors, and lettering respectively. While we have seen Dan and Luis on the series from issue 1, Miesner is brand new, but still provided us with some great lettering work. The character designs were on point, the lines were great and clear, the coloring was fantastic, especially with the background setting in response to the various ghostly activities, and the lettering was non-intrusive and well laid out.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Ghostbusters Ghosts of Cybertron Part 5 Review
Monster Mode: Engaged


It was also cool to look at issue 5 compared to issue 1, and the robot art showed some nice improvement too. The artwork improvement came at the perfect time, as we truly got to experience some great art of some robots throwing down, even if most of them were ghosts!

Conclusions

From the get go, I have been thoroughly enjoying this series. Issue 1 started us out great, and as we have gone along, the journey has proven to be just as enjoyable as Issue 1 promised, with Issue 5 giving us a very satisfying conclusion.

And what's important for this crossover, compared to all the others that we have seen over the past several years, is the fact that this one was FUN. It was super fun! It gave our cast the chance to interact with each other and live up to their personalities and their outlandish job titles and general selves. There was no meaningless fighting, there was a cast that blended in well and proved from the get go that it gelled together. They all worked together! It was fantastic to read, and thoroughly enjoyable.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Ghostbusters Ghosts of Cybertron Part 5 Review
I hope he heard this review then *Waves and Smiles*


And thanks to that ending, we have hopes of seeing more of this universe with the Transformers in it. And I truly hope we get some more Ectotron and more of the Transformers in the IDW Ghost-verse. I have complete faith in this creative crew, this crossover showed their are amazing.

Well done.

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Re: IDW Transformers Ghostbusters Ghosts of Cybertron Part 5 Review (2040349)
Posted by Burn on October 2nd, 2019 @ 7:56pm CDT
What can I say that I haven't already said before? Or what D-Max has before?

This was, simply put, another fun issue, and a perfect wrap-up to what I consider the best crossover Transformers has had with ANY other franchise.

The humour ... oh the humour, that has made this series so enjoyable, and this issue didn't miss a beat. I love light hearted Optimus Prime. I love the rivalry that's now been established between Starscream and Peter Venkman (PLEASE LET THIS CONTINUE!). I loved an out of character outburst from Soundwave as he realised his fate. So many little things including a G.I. Joe reference add up to make this issue so damn enjoyable.

The art, as with previous Ghostbuster comics, has always been a favourite of mine, and this was no exception.

If I had one quibble, Megatron's new look was a bit ... odd. No major explanation given unless you make it up yourself.

But overall, another fantastic issue, a definite must read for Ghostbusters and Transformer fans alike.
Re: IDW Transformers Ghostbusters Ghosts of Cybertron Part 5 Review (2040351)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on October 2nd, 2019 @ 8:05pm CDT
Agreed with what Burn wrote too. PLEASE let this continue! It was a great story itself but also set up so much fun stuff for the future!
Re: IDW Transformers Ghostbusters Ghosts of Cybertron Part 5 Review (2040378)
Posted by ZeroWolf on October 3rd, 2019 @ 1:54am CDT
I'm looking forward to getting this in trade, you guys have done a fantastic job of reviewing this series and I thank you. As for the people who created it though... :BOWDOWN: Thank you for showing us that crossovers can be done with Transformers, even ones that don't share anything at first glance (say like another cross over that shall remain nameless). Through TF x GB you've managed to create a compelling story that stands on its own and serves as a greater introduction at the same time. I tip my hat to you gentlemen.
Re: IDW Transformers Ghostbusters Ghosts of Cybertron Part 5 Review (2040382)
Posted by Big Grim on October 3rd, 2019 @ 6:51am CDT
Burn wrote:If I had one quibble, Megatron's new look was a bit ... odd. No major explanation given unless you make it up yourself.

Yeah, that caught me off guard too. Suddenly he looks a bit more Transformers Prime Megs for "reasons"?

That aside, yet another utterly enjoyable issue. And it closed out with the possibility of more in the future. Loved it.
Re: IDW Transformers Ghostbusters Ghosts of Cybertron Part 5 Review (2040560)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on October 3rd, 2019 @ 6:09pm CDT
Big Grim wrote:
Burn wrote:If I had one quibble, Megatron's new look was a bit ... odd. No major explanation given unless you make it up yourself.

Yeah, that caught me off guard too. Suddenly he looks a bit more Transformers Prime Megs for "reasons"?

That aside, yet another utterly enjoyable issue. And it closed out with the possibility of more in the future. Loved it.

I took it as Megatron was fully realizing what he could do as a ghost. And he was slimed out of Ectotron, so he could have reconstituted in a different form because he was scrambled from the slime
Re: IDW Transformers Ghostbusters Ghosts of Cybertron Part 5 Review (2040601)
Posted by Burn on October 3rd, 2019 @ 8:44pm CDT
D-Maximal_Primal wrote:
Big Grim wrote:
Burn wrote:If I had one quibble, Megatron's new look was a bit ... odd. No major explanation given unless you make it up yourself.

Yeah, that caught me off guard too. Suddenly he looks a bit more Transformers Prime Megs for "reasons"?

That aside, yet another utterly enjoyable issue. And it closed out with the possibility of more in the future. Loved it.

I took it as Megatron was fully realizing what he could do as a ghost. And he was slimed out of Ectotron, so he could have reconstituted in a different form because he was scrambled from the slime

Like I said, you can make up any reason you want. I didn't catch any hint as to why the change of form. I'm hoping there's a pay off somewhere about it down the track when they hopefully follow up the series.
Re: IDW Transformers Ghostbusters Ghosts of Cybertron Part 5 Review (2041642)
Posted by eburnham on October 12th, 2019 @ 7:16pm CDT
Burn wrote:
D-Maximal_Primal wrote:
Big Grim wrote:
Burn wrote:If I had one quibble, Megatron's new look was a bit ... odd. No major explanation given unless you make it up yourself.

Yeah, that caught me off guard too. Suddenly he looks a bit more Transformers Prime Megs for "reasons"?

That aside, yet another utterly enjoyable issue. And it closed out with the possibility of more in the future. Loved it.

I took it as Megatron was fully realizing what he could do as a ghost. And he was slimed out of Ectotron, so he could have reconstituted in a different form because he was scrambled from the slime

Like I said, you can make up any reason you want. I didn't catch any hint as to why the change of form. I'm hoping there's a pay off somewhere about it down the track when they hopefully follow up the series.


It's definitely ghost-related abilities. I figured context would work on that; everyone's smart enough to sort that out.

Kind of like why I didn't explain the process of transformation for the non-TF fans. (Why do they do that, anyway?) etc. (:
Re: IDW Transformers Ghostbusters Ghosts of Cybertron Part 5 Review (2041717)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on October 13th, 2019 @ 8:25pm CDT
We certainly love you coming here and talking about the book! It really was fantastic, and I don't think I'm alone in wishing for a sequel series, or Ectotron making it into the main ongoing!

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