To me the Ninja Turtles and Ghostbusters are the titans of my childhood nostalgia. I was and unashamedly still am a big fan of both. I grew up watching ‘The Real Ghostbusters‘ and ‘Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles’. When I discovered that the two would crossover in an IDW comic I was delighted and considered it a crossover match made in heaven.
I have not followed the adventures of IDW’s Ghostbusters nor the Ninja Turtles but from reviews I have read online the ‘Ghostbusters’ comic is a respected keeper of the flame while the franchise in other forms slept.
This crossover comic, while fun just seems to be lacking some spark. Everything seems right, the character moments are solid as are their interactions, it might be that the story lets them down here but it feels a little like they’re playing safe and giving us something we might have conjured up in our own minds.
Maybe I’m just an old fuddy duddy but it looks very computer made to me. The images are too clean and sharp which gives it a slightly cheap look. It does offer lots of easter eggs in the background for long term fans though. As for the character designs the Turtles are closer in design to the 2003 animated series and as are their personalities are more ninja like. I’m not big on the designs of the GB team but that’s just my own personal taste. I still think the designs capture the essence of the movie Ghostbusters to some degree.
So to conclude. It’s good but not great. It’s worth a read but it doesn’t encourage me to pick up back issues of either series. There’s nothing here that will challenge your idea of the characters. They get along pretty much the way you expect them too. Winston has a bit more character development compared to the movies which is nice to see, although I think his background is taken from the script or the original plans for the character.
Still it is a cool comic and fun to see my heroes interact.