Review – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ghostbusters #4

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ghostbusters 4 cover

Writers: Erik Burnham and Tom Waltz

Art: Dan Schoening

Colours: Luis Antonio Delgado

Letters: Neil Uyetake

Edits: Bobby Curnow

Publisher: IDW
It is finally here, the last issue of the biggest crossover event ever and it is not going out quietly! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ghostbusters has been one heck of a read, the Turtles and the Ghostbusters finally get to work on de powering Chi-You and sending the mutants back to their own version of New York but as usual, things are never quite that straight forward.
Burnham and Waltz really must have had a lot of fun on this book, it certainly feels like they did at least. I have been saying it for the past three issues but the characterisations of both the Turtles and the Ghostbusters is always 100% spot on, you never feel that anyone is acting out of character and they re-act to each other as you would expect. Once again we see parallels drawn between both teams and we are subtly reminded that even giant mutant turtles and ghost smashing humans have way more things in common than they do differences. It is at this part that I wish the series was a 6 or 12 issue arc, I truly believe both writers could work their magic for at least that long and give us some fun and unique adventures but alas, this super condensed mini series is what we have but to be fair, it really is worth its weight in gold.
Schoening and Delgado once again feed our eyes with all the art and colour our eyes can take in, and then some! I absolutely love Schoening’s version of the Turtles, they have enough of the old retro look from the Eastman and Laird run combined with the 90s cartoon show that they just end up putting all other incarnations to shame. His work on the Ghostbusters is as excellent as it ever was, every action scene is fast paced, every possession looks suitably spooky and that of course brings us to Delgado’s gorgeous colours.
If you have ever watched the 80s cartoon, The Real Ghostbusters, Delgado seems to take his inspiration from the colours and hues from that show but cranked them up to 11! The greens and reds seem to burn into the very page they are so bright, ever lighting effect or explosion is completely on par with any holllywood blockbuster, in short his work is vital to this book.
The collaboration draws to a close as it was always fated to do so, I feel like we only just started reading this and it is already over. It is doubly sad because, and I know I’ve mentioned this before, there is no on going Ghostbusters series right now and this is likely to be the last we see of New York’s paranormal investigators for quite some time. This series had it all, humour, action, nostalgia and even a little fan service for those of us pouring over every detail. I can’t imagine the pressure to get a crossover with two beloved franchises combined just right, but I have to take my hat off to the creative team, they didn’t just succeed, they went above and beyond.
I loved this book, I love the series that fed into it and I love that the creative team respected both franchises enough to actually take the time out to do it properly. This crossover works because the story is strong enough to carry two sets of larger than life hero teams and not allow either one to become more prominent than the other. Chi-You may not be The Shredder or Gozer, but that doesn’t matter because in the end it was never about him, he was a reason to bring two very wonderful things together and create something that was way more than the sum of its parts. If you have read this far then do yourself a favour, buy this mini series and allow the creative team to take you on a fun adventure with some old friends.