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New Empire covers give us epic new looks at Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire

January 17th, 2024 by Marc Comments

Empire has announced that Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire will headline their upcoming world-exclusive issue, revealing two different glow-in-the-dark covers, reports our friend Jason over at Ghostbusters News.

The first celebrates the new generation, with Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard & Mckenna Grace’s Spengler family, plus Paul Rudd’s Gary Grooberson, while Bill Murray’s Peter Venkman, Annie Potts’ Janine Melnitz [finally suiting up after fans waited to see it happen ever since her cartoon counterpart put the suit on for the first time in the episode Mr Sandman, Dream Me A Dream, away back in 1986 (here)! and has several times in various other media], Dan Aykroyd’s Ray Stantz, and Ernie Hudson’s Winston Zeddemore take the connecting cover.


On finally putting on the jumpsuit, Potts said: “It’s a desperate situation, so it’s all hands on deck. It turns out Janine is quite capable – as most women tend to be when given the chance.

“It came as a real surprise. We were weeks into shooting and Gil came up to me and said, ‘We think it’s time… We’re gonna have you suit up,” continuing, “I have to say I did [get a kick out of it]. Janine has served long and well, and I felt like she was finally getting her stripes, you know? She’s clearly stayed in touch with the guys [between Ghostbusters II and Frozen Empire], and she’s really been the keeper of the flame at the Firehouse. The Ghostbusters are kind of superheroes, so it’s very nice to finally be seen in that way, too.

“It’s… not a proton packThank God I didn’t have to put a pack on because they’re murderously heavy, and us OGs are getting on a bit.”

It’s been a long time coming, Annie, and we fans can’t wait to see what you do in the movie and to finally have a Janine Ghostbusters figure on our shelves!

Alongside the cast, a few familiar faces also show up, including our best look yet at the returning disgusting green spud Slimer and the adorable yet mischievous Mini-Pufts. An icy new threat, first shown in the recently released film posters, is also shown, wrapping itself around both designs.

Rounding back to the Mini-Pufts, also revealed was the exclusive subscriber cover by Justin Metz, which playfully unleashes the marshmallow minions on a hot cup of NYC coffee.

The description for the issue reads:

Proton packs on, everyone. There’s something strange coming to your neighbourhood (in the cinema, specifically) and you know exactly who to call. Yes, the Ghostbusters are back – multiple generations of them, in fact – in Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire, a sequel that sets out to chill you to the bone, while tingling your spine and tickling your ribs. The follow-up to 2021’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife doesn’t just bring back Mckenna Grace, Finn Wolfhard, Paul Rudd and Carrie Coon as the new generation of Spenglers (or, Mr. Grooberson in Rudd’s case). No, this time the original ‘busters are back in business too, with Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and Annie Potts returning to that New York firehouse. You’ll find all of them – and spooks new and familiar – on the two collectible world-exclusive covers of our new issue. Yes, to celebrate the launch of Frozen Empire, we’ve… well, frozen Empire.

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Marking the return of cinema’s greatest ghoul-botherers, we gathered both groups of Ghostbusters for our own epic shoot with the Ecto-1 (plus a host of paranormal pests) heralding their team-up in Gil Kenan’s much-anticipated sequel. On this cover we have the new crew, with Carrie Coon’s Callie Spengler, Finn Wolfhard and Mckenna Grace’s teens Trevor and Phoebe Spengler, and Paul Rudd’s Gary Grooberson stepping into action. Oh, and it glows in the dark. Turn the lights off (if you dare).

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Inside, you’ll find a major deep-dive on what Frozen Empire has in store. We have the world’s first interviews on the Ghostbusters’ most dangerous mission yet, facing a New York overtaken by a sub-zero spectre – speaking to director and co-writer Gil Kenan, producer and co-writer Jason Reitman, and the Ghostbusters themselves. You’ll find chats with the likes of Aykroyd, Hudson, Rudd, Potts, Wolfhard, and more, as well as never-before-seen images from the film, and Jason Reitman writing exclusively for Empire on the genius of Bill Murray. It’s an absolute ‘busters bonanza – a must-have for anyone who ain’t afraid of no ghost.

The March issue of Empire will be available tomorrow, January 18th

Here’s the two covers combined:

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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….