Welcome to this week’s Four-Color Bullet, now coming at you on Fridays, since Thursday has become New Comic Day for digital titles. I want to make sure everything is covered for you, my comic book-obsessed, Four-Color fans. You Bulleteers.
This week from DC, Batman #38 brings Part Four of Endgame. The Joker is back, and fun time is over; The Multiversity Guidebook details each of the 52 worlds in the Multiverse in DC’s Multiversity event; Barry Allen is trapped in the Speed Force, while the all-new, all murderous Flash takes his place in Central City, in The Flash #38.
From Marvel this week, a new round of adventures for the Avengers Unity Squad begins in Uncanny Avengers #1; Peter Parker’s new job as guidance counselor at the Jean Grey Academy is off to a rocky start. His students are captured by Sauron and Stegron, Staten Island is in danger of being colonized by the Savage Land, and Shark Girl may be a traitor. All this, and a pteranodon/stegosaurus/shark love triangle, in Spider-Man and the X-Men #2; Spider-Verse continues as Miguel O’Hara and Lady Spider head to Lady Spider’s steampunk Earth, fleeing the Inheritors. But Doctor Octopus and The Six Men of Sinistry are waiting for them, in Spider-Man 2099 #8.
And from BOOM! Studios, Jack Burton, now the new leader of the Lords of Death, and Wang Chi return to San Francisco Chinatown to rescue Miao Yin and Egg Shen from Lo Pan, and put an end to Lo Pan and acolyte Qiang Yu’s magical foolishness. But someone will pay the ultimate price to rid the world of Lo Pan’s evil for good, in Big Trouble in Little China #8.
Epic team-up concludes: Ghostbusters and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on defense, running out of time
The TMNT/Ghostbusters crossover has been nothing but fun since the get-go. And while it may sound ridiculous, it has been far from it. Ghostbusters writer Erik Burnham and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles writer Tom Waltz have teamed up to bring fans the ’80s crossover to end all ’80s crossovers. Knowing that this was the final issue of this titanic turtle team up made me sad, because now … there’s no more Ghostbusters awesomeness. But at least the writers ended it with a bang.
The comedy that has been present throughout was here as well, but nothing that made me laugh out loud. Plenty of chuckles, smirks, and chortles, but no hearty guffaws. But both teams merged and reacted with each other well, and I expected nothing less.
The action scenes, drawn by Dan Schoening Luis Antonio Delgado, also Ghostbusters alumni, were gorgeous. Everything is beautifully animated with a cinematic feel. While the Ghostbusters are focused on fighting our villain with unlicensed nuclear accelerators and other tech, they never engage in any fisticuffs. Leo and the gang, however, are providing ninja action at every turn. And while you won’t see the Ghostbusters use any of the Turtles’ weapons, the Turtles do get a chance to suit up in Ghostbusters gear. Donatello wore a proton pack last issue, in fact.
Chi-You, the series’ villain, is sadly kind of one-dimensional, but Burnham gives him enough juice to provide an action-packed finale that gets everybody involved. Burnham and Waltz have created a villain able to plague both the superior-tech Ghostbusters, and the up-close-and-personal ninja fighting of the TMNT.
With all that said, this issue isn’t going to WOW you. There’s no big shocker ending or jaw-dropping twist. Nothing to make you go “Oooooo” or have you scratching your head at the meaning of the universe. It’s just good, solid fun and the final issue of an ’80s romp, and the farewell to a comic series I thoroughly enjoyed. Here’s hoping IDW brings them back for another crossover. It just begs to be done.
And that concludes Four-Color Bullet for this week. Email and comment if you choose. Correspondence is always welcome.
It’s going to be a great year for comics fans.
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