Ghostbusters: Year One 1

The first issue of Year One should be required reading for Ghostbusters fans.

One of my favorite creative teams is back with another Ghostbusters miniseries, and the first issues takes a look at the team’s first recruit!

Ghostbusters: Year One 1
Written by Erik Burnham
Art by Dan Schoening

Last February, while reviewing the classic 1984 hit comedy GHOSTBUSTERS, I commented that I would love to see a comic book miniseries focusing on how the core of the team – Ray, Peter and Egon – came together. A Year Zero story, telling how the trio met. This isn’t exactly what I was looking for, but it’s pretty close.

Instead of focusing on the founders, the four-issue miniseries opens by telling the story of how the fourth member, Winston Zeddemore, integrated himself into the Ghostbusters leading up to the big confrontation with Gozer. Winston is the first member to be interviewed for an upcoming book about the team, and he details how he was hired for the team and his training (or lack thereof).

It’ll be interesting to see if the rest of the miniseries goes back a little bit further into the team’s history, since Peter, Ray and Egon’s “Year One” started quite a bit sooner than Winston’s. But because he was the everyman character used to relate to the audience, Winston was a great place to start here.

With all of the stories about the original Ghostbusters team that Burnham and Schoening have done over the years, it is amazing that they have yet to produce a stinker. The first issue of Year One continues their IDW hot streak, and should be required reading for Ghostbusters fans.