Review – Ghostbusters: Year One #1 (IDW Publishing)

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Ghostbusters: Year One #1

Writer: Erik Burnham
Artist: Dan Schoening 
Colorist: Luis Antonio Delgado
Letterer: Neil Uyetake
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Maturity Rating: Teen
Release Date: January 22, 2020

How did Winston become a Ghostbuster, what was the initiation process, how did he learn to use a proton pack? All that is answered and more in Ghostbusters: Year One #1.


Where to Start? Ghostbusters: Year One #1

You ever wonder how the first year of the Ghostbusters went? How things not shown in the movie happened? Well Ghostbusters: Year One #1 is here to start to answer those questions. It is well documented that Winston Zeddemore (played by the fantastic Ernie Hudson) got the short end of the stick in the first Ghostbusters movie. This issue looks to resolve that as we get to dive deep into his character. See how he came to be a Ghostbuster, how he learned the ropes, and even his first ghost capture! It all had to start somewhere, and it all starts here in Ghostbusters: Year One #1.


Ghostbusters: Year One #1 (IDW Publishing) cover A by Dan Schoening
Ghostbusters: Year One #1 (IDW Publishing) cover A by Dan Schoening

It has been a hot minute since I have read any of IDW’s Ghostbusters series. Probably the last time they crossed over with TMNT. I have always enjoyed what I have read of it and I love the original movie, so I was excited to jump into Ghostbusters: Year One #1. Sometimes books based on proprieties like this and exploring events in and around the movie plot can be tricky. But obviously Erik Burnham knows his way around Ghostbusters, and how to deliver a compelling story.

As noted at the start, this issue mainly deals with Winston and how he became a Ghostbuster. Burnham does a wonderful job of digging into his backstory and making him a well-fleshed-out individual. Burnham does a good job of sprinkling little things in from the first Ghostbusters movie while also creating some great original story.

It also works well if you haven’t been following along with IDW’s Ghostbusters series. You can jump right into this with no worries. Well, if you have seen the movie. If not, then you will be in trouble. 


Dan Schoening has a delightful cartooning style that I dig. Again my main exposure was with the TMNT crossovers but I really love the animated feeling of his characters. Schoening does a superb job of catching the essence of the actors from the movies but making the characters all his own in his style as well. It fits perfectly and allows for some delightful visuals.

Ghostbusters: Year One #1 has a lot of talking heads and some cameos from the original movie, and Schoening does a fantastic job of catching the details and making for a fun read. It does feel a little “flat” at times. There are not a lot of different angles or perspectives. I would like a little more visual “flair” from that.

His ghost designs are wonderfully creepy, though. I won’t spoil anything, but Winston’s first ghost capture is very memorable thanks to some good work from Schoening. 

The colors by Luis Antonio Delgado also work elegantly well with Schoening’s art. It has this nice brightness to it that evokes a lot of fun and energy in the scenes.


Ghostbusters: Year One #1 is an interesting look into the first year of everyone’s favorite paranormal investigators. We get some much-needed detail to the character of Winston Zeddemore and how he came into the fold. If you are a fan of the Ghostbusters movie then this will be a fun and interesting read for you. I am no Ghostbusters superfan, but as someone who grew up on the movie and cartoon this was a fun read. Now, if you have no clue what a Ghostbuster is, then this is a terrible place to start.

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