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Hmmmmmmm… is IDW about to bring us more Ghostbusters comics?

January 26th, 2022 by Marc Comments

Ohhhh… Could it be? Could we be getting more Ghostbusters from the wonderful team at IDW Comics?

Last week was rough for IDW, with the news that they would be letting go of Transformers and GI Joe, two of their biggest and longest-running books (here).

The company had this to say:

“At the end of 2022, IDW will bid a fond farewell to the publication of G.I. Joe and Transformers comic books and graphic novels,” a statement from IDW provided to THR reads. “We’re exceedingly proud of our stewardship of these titles – 17 years with the Robots in Disguise and 14 years with A Real American Hero – and thank the legion of fans for their unwavering support, month in and month out. We’re also eternally grateful to every one of the talented creators who helped bring these characters to four-color life through our comics.”

However, it was noticeable that our personal favorite book from the company, Ghostbusters, was not on the chopping board.

Now, we feared that IDW had already lost the Ghostbusters license as they haven’t done anything with the series recently, although we know that this was due to the holding back of Ghostbusters: Afterlife due to that damned virus, and Sony waiting until it’s release to decide what comes next.

But now, well, a few weeks ago – sorry we haven’t gotten this written sooner but it’s been a hell of a couple of months – IDW writer and editor Tom Waltz wrote on New Year’s Eve: “Find the light in the darkness, folks — it’s always there if you really look. “

This, in itself, is a nice message for a New Year’s post but Waltz added an image to the post of Dan Schoening’s art of Ray Stantz and Kylie Griffin fighting what looks like the Ghost of Christmas Future from Dickens’ A Christmas Carol with New Year’s celebrations in the background.

However, IDW hasn’t released a Ghostbusters book since Ghostbusters: Year One kicked off in January 2020 – two years ago! – indeed, the collected edition still hasn’t appeared on shelves.

So, it’s odd that he’d use the GBs here since IDW hasn’t done anything with them in two years.

But wait, that’s not all!

After the tweet, Ghostbusters writer Erik Burnham replied:

Hmmmmmmmm… Jumpscares, you say, Erik?

Now, I know it’s far from conclusive but with Ghostbusters: Afterlife now being released in cinemas and at home and performing pretty darned well, along with the word being that Ghostbusters comics were put on hold until the third came out, could we be on the verge of a fourfold cross-rip, em, announcement?

Over the years, IDW – or writer Erik Burnham and artist Dan Schoening specifically – made Ghostbusters great, bringing in characters from the animated show, the 2016 reboot, Ninja Turtles, Transformers, Men in black and had sly nods to fan favourites such as Evolution, Big Trouble in Little China, Tremors and much more – it was nine of the best years Ghostbusters since it first arrived in 1984, so we’d be first in line to buy a new book from these guys, no matter the price on the cover.

Our guess is Sony may be holding off to see how Afterlife does on its home release before deciding what comes next for the Ghostbusters books but we’re confident that we may be getting something very exciting before the end of 2022.

What say you? Would you like to see IDW get the Ghostbusters back on the road? I know I’d love, love, love to see it… here’s hoping, huh?

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….