Ghostbusters: Year One #1 Review - Winston Gets some Respect
• Erik Burnham (Writer) •Dan Schoening (Pencils)
• Luis Antonio Delgado (Colorist) • IDW Publishing (Publisher)
I've got my hands on some decent Ghostbusters titles lately. I'm a big fan of the Transformers/Ghostbusters: Ghost of Cybertron crossover and the trend continues with Ghostbusters: Year One. The series is advertised to cover the scenes between the scenes of the 1984 film. Each issue will spotlight a different Ghostbuster. This issue spotlights Winston Zeddemore.
It wouldn't be a Ghostbusters review without dragging the art style. I won't spend too much time on the art but there is a section of the comic where Dan Schoening draws the side characters and they actually resemble the film incarnations. It's really weird that the Ghostbusters are caricatures of the film and animated versions but the side characters actually get a realistic look that respects the source material.
Now that the negative is out of the way we can discuss just how great the rest of the Comic is. Winston Zeddemore is my favorite ghostbuster. This has been the case for years now and my fondness for the character only grows as time passes.
People diss him for being a stereotypical black character and being the only character that wasn't a doctor but that just makes him more blue-collar and relatable than the other guys. He's the only normie of the 4 heroes and acts as the defacto POV character.
Erik Burnham layers in a lot of cool elements to the character and without saying it outright Winston may be the most capable member of the team. He's a former marine and that comes in handy when wielding a proton pack. Winston is also easy to deal with and doesn't rattle easily under pressure.
Ghostbusters: Year One #1 is a great deep dive into Winston's character and treats him with respect and reverence rarely seen in the supplemental material. If you're even a casual fan of Ghostbusters I suggest checking out this series. It's a great time if you can get past the art style.