Okay, this is a cross-over of note. IDW attempts to take two successful franchises (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Ghostbusters) and merge them into one insane action packed adventure. This is not simply a marketing ploy to hone in on some 80’s loving fan boys and girls. This is a solid, well thought out read and here is why.
This story is set around the events that are currently taking place in the TMNT universe. So an effort has been made to tie in this unlikely team up into the actual continuity of the successful TMNT ongoing comic. So how do the Ghostbusters fit into the picture? Well, you guessed it… It involves Krang and dimensional teleportation once again, only this time the Krang made ties with an spiritual entity in Feudal Japan as they time up with an evil and powerful demon. The Turtles are also busy tinkering their own teleportation device when they are beamed to a version of New York that stars the Ghostbusters! The writing is good and you can only feel it is about to get better from here as the Ghostbusters will feature more. Yes, this issue hardly focuses on them. In fact you can count the amount of pages they appear in… on one hand.
The art is great. There are plenty of artists contributing to the pages within this debut issue, however they managed to keep they images flowing so well that you will only notice the changes during a re-read. The art and writing will get your attention and keep it there. The great thing here is that each art team also matches the art and colouring to the tone of the book. With so many artists contributing to this issue, Delgado and Pattison do an excellent job of keeping the colours consistent.
You can see that the writers and artists are having fun with this concept as it shows in their work. This issue gets the job done. It explains the plot and makes the meeting of these two universes believable. As mentioned earlier, you hardly see the Ghostbusters but this only means that ego and ecto will be splashed all over the pages of future issues.