Subway Shorts – Pets and Ghosts

Two teams of Ghostbusters get closer to figuring out how to fix the temporal displacement in Ghostbusters 101, while Barbara Gordon has her second team-up with Catwoman in Batgirl.

Batgirl 13
Written by Hope Larson
Art by Inaki Miranda and Eva de la Cruz 

In Batgirl and the Birds of Prey, Barbara Gordon is in the midst of a team-up with Catwoman to free the kidnapped family of The Calculator. A team-up with Catwoman must be too good an idea to pass up, though. Instead of kidnapping, though, the two women work together to stop a pet-napper!

The set-up is yet another in a series of stories I never expected a comic about from writer Hope Larson, who’s perfected this over the last year on Batgirl. Ghosts in a YMCA pool, data mining and now semi-famous pets on a social media photo app (Pixtagraph instead of Instagram) being stolen by a costumed bad guy… er, girl.

Also, the Burnside section of Gotham where Batgirl operates is clearly Williamsburg, in Brooklyn, if you hadn’t already figured that out.

Unlike the Catwoman team-up in Batgirl and the Birds of Prey, this issue was another one-and-done story. It’s always nice when things are wrapped up nicely before you close the book. It’s also, I think, a good issue to pick up if you’re wondering whether you should check the book out (spoiler: you totally should).

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Written by Erik Burnham 
Art by Dan Schoening 

The penultimate issue of the latest Ghostbusters miniseries has the two teams working together to find a way to fix the temporal displacement of their separate worlds. With the recent announcement that the ANSWER THE CALL team from last summer’s movie getting a five-issue miniseries in October from writer Kelly Thompson, this issue continues to flesh out the new gals on the block.

Of course, it wouldn’t be an issue of a Ghostbusters comic from Burnham and Schoening without a weird altercation with a ghost.

That would be Moby Dick, who attacks the Ghostbusters after chasing Herman Melville out of Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx.

I think this miniseries is going to be hard to top for Burnham and Schoening once it finishes next month, but I can’t wait to see what they hopefully do once it’s over.