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Ghostbusters 101 3 is the third issue of a six part series by IDW Publishing.


This is it! The Original Ghostbusters finally come face to face with those who Answer The Call! Inter-dimensional travel is no new thing to the original boys in grey and their colleagues, but this is the first time that dimensions have ever overlapped and threatened to merge -- which could be a worse fate than total protonic reversal!

Bullet points:

  • Straight outta the 2016 film, the Answer the Call Ghostbusters make their comic book debut! Abby, Patty, Erin and Holtzmann join forces with Winston, Egon, Ray and Venkman for some bombastic ghostbustin' insanity!
  • Written and illustrated by the fan-favorite and critically-acclaimed creative team of Erik Burnham, Dan Schoening and Luis Antonio Delgado.
  • Featuring the third of six-interconnected covers by Schoening and Delgado.
  • Retailer incentive covers feature photos of the Original and ATF Ghostbusters casts! [1]


The Multiplied Manhattan Shuffle

Soar Throat Ghost

Ms. Zeigler

Jenny Moran

Cait Banner

Zoe Zawadzki

Garrett Parker

Evan Torres

Janine Melnitz

Jillian Holtzmann

Cal and Jim

Winston Zeddemore

Peter Venkman

Ray Stantz

Abby Yates

Patty Tolan

Erin Gilbert


Kevin Tanaka

Kevin Beckman

Egon Spengler


Kylie Griffin

Peter Venkman/Animated

Egon Spengler/Animated


Vinz Clortho

Stay Puft Marshmallow Man


The Multiplied Manhattan Shuffle

Marine Ecto-8

P.K.E. Meter (2016)

Proton Pistol (2016)

Ghost Chipper

Antenna-like Helmet

Proton Pack (2016)

Proton Pack

Particle Thrower


Large Duffel Bag


Paranormal Containment Research Tank

Ecto Goggles

Dimensional Frequency Scanner

Aura Video-Analyzer

Giga meter

Containment Unit

Interspatial Teleportation Unit

Dimensional Inverter


The Multiplied Manhattan Shuffle


Statue of Liberty

Stay Puft Marshmallows

Primo Spiffies Cakes

Pin-Up Calendar of Doom!

Phoenican Plague Vase


The Multiplied Manhattan Shuffle



Ray's Occult Books

Battery Park

Cal and Jim's Apartment

Liberty Island


550 Central Park West

Temple of Gozer


On December 29, 2016, Tim Lattie posted a snippet of a work in progress cover, for Issue #3, with Janine and Abby on it. [2]

On January 26, 2017, Tom Waltz posted a preview of the subscription cover and confirmed it was a nod to "Cannonball Run II" [3]

On February 22, 2017, May solicits revealed the synopsis and regular cover for Issue #3. [4]

On March 15, 2017, Dan Schoening posted a Holtzmann WIP. [5]

On March 17, 2017, Tom Waltz posted an uncolored set of panels featuring Holtzmann. [6]

On March 29, 2017, Dan Schoening announced he was 92% done with Issue #3. [7] Tom Waltz posted a colored panel from Issue #3 featuring Holtzmann and Ray. [8]

On April 7, 2017, Tom Waltz announced Issue #3 was off to the printers. [9]

On April 12, 2017, Tom Waltz posted a panel with Ray and Holtzmann in it. [10]

On April 13, 2017, Tom Waltz posted the RI Wraparound Cover. It features Abby and Ray from the first movie. [11]

On May 6, 2017, Dan Schoening posted an example of thumbnails to final color for a page from Issue #3. [12]

On May 20, 2017, a cover, credits page, and 5 page preview was posted. [13]

On May 23, 2017, Dan Schoening posted a Gozer and Vinz Clortho teaser image. [14]


  • The Diamond Order Code is MAR170477
  • Regular Cover
  • Subscription Cover
  • RI Wraparound Cover
  • What Came Before Page
    • The incident of the 101 class using the Interspatial Teleportation Unit last issue is summarized.
    • The Bronx Spook that attacked Garrett last issue is alluded to.
    • The three images are re-used from Issue #2:
      • Page 14 panel 5
      • Page 16 panel 3
      • Page 18 panel 4
  • Page 1
    • In panel 1, the ghost is visually based on the Soar Throat Ghost from the Kenner The Real Ghostbusters Fright Features Egon Spengler figure.
    • In panel 3, the woman is using a Proton Pack visually based on the Kenner The Real Ghostbusters Proton Pack.
    • In panel 3, Ms. Zeigler is based on Florida-based Ghostbusters fan Ziggy Zeigler.
    • In panel 4, on the far right is the tip of Marine Ecto-8.
    • In panel 4, in the cardboard box is The Real Ghostbusters: Pinball Game - the U.S. version by Sharon Industries.
    • In panel 4, in front of Cait is the Kenner Ecto-500.
    • In panel 5, on the left is the Lao Che plane from "Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom".
    • In panel 5, the black box between Jenny and Cait in the background is the Slimer and The Real Ghostbusters version of Ghostbusters Cereal with the Kenner toys advertisement on the back.
    • Cait's flightsuit name label is "Cadet" - a nod to one of Rookie's nicknames in Ghostbusters: The Video Game.
  • Page 2
  • Page 3
    • In panel 3, Zeigler's Trap is visually based on the Kenner The Real Ghostbusters Trap.
    • Janine's outfit is from a deleted scene in the first movie of her talking to Egon while he works on equipment.[15]
    • In panel 4, behind Janine and the bystanders is the East Coast Memorial, a World War II memorial that commemorates those who died in coastal waters during the Battle of the Atlantic. Several of the granite pylons and part of the bronze eagle statue can be seen.
    • In panel 4, on the far left, the man in the grey hoodie holding his son and standing next to his significant other is Ghostbusters fan, Jeffrey Shreck Junior. Shreck's son is carrying his Stay Puft Marshmallow Man plush doll. In real life, he carries it around with him all the time. [16]
    • In panel 4, behind the bald man in blue, Lyta from The Real Ghostbusters episode "No One Comes to Lupusville" makes a non-canon cameo.
    • In panel 4, on the far right, the trio appears to be based on the characters Gary, Wyatt, and Chet from "Weird Science".
  • Page 4
    • In panel 1, in Holtzmann's bedroom are:
      • On the laptop is Abby's recording of the Electrocuted Ghost seen in Chapter 7 of the 2016 movie.
      • Between the drawers and the bedpost is the pipe the possessed Abby tried to use in Chapter 13 of the 2016 movie.
      • Above the pipe atop the bedpost is a 2016 P.K.E. Meter and Holtzmann's Screw U necklace.
      • Left of the pillow is a can of regular Pringles that Holtzmann ate in the Aldridge Mansion Museum case.
      • On the frame above the bed is a 2016 Proton Pistol.
      • Atop the shelf is the helmet Abby wore when she first appeared and the Ghost Chipper.
      • Right of the helmet is the I-shaped apparatus and three colored strip that accompanied the Proton Packs on the wall in Chapter 13 of the 2016 movie.
      • Covered by Holtzmann's "ZZZZ" is a frame of her mentor Rebecca Gorin.
      • At the foot of her bed is a Proton Pack and to the left her boots.
      • Left of the pack is her tie from Chapter 5 of the 2016 movie.
      • On the wall near the laptop, the ornate set of lights are from the headquarters at Zhu's Authentic Hong Kong Food.
    • In panel 2, Luis Delgado's 15 easter egg appears on the Pringles label near the "W" in "Wake Up."
    • In panel 3, Jim is visually based on Ghostbusters fan, Tom Gebhardt.
    • The apartment is visually based on the main set of "Friends".
    • In panel 3, Jim eats out of a Ghostbusters Cereal box.
    • In panel 3, Holtzmann has on her "One of the Girls" T-shirt from Chapter 12 of the 2016 movie.
    • In panel 4, Holtzmann's mug as the no logo on "safety lights" - a nod to the end credits teaser in the 2016 movie when Dr. Gorin inspects the Containment Unit.
  • Page 5
    • Peter mentions the Mayor, Bayonne, and the catchphrase "Who You Gonna Call?".
    • The reporter with the Ghostbusters is visually based on the Eye on New York Reporter from the start of The Real Ghostbusters episode "Moaning Stones".
    • Holtzmann's reaction is similar to her "Whaat?" from Chapter 11 of the 2016 movie when the team talks to Mayor Bradley.
    • In panel 3, the news ticker has:
      • A nod to the 2016 movie when Mayor Bradley didn't like to be compared to the Mayor in "Jaws".
      • The Aldridge Mansion from the 2016 movie is mentioned.
    • In panel 4, the news ticker now mentions Paranormal Contracts Oversight Commission.
  • Page 6
    • In panel 1, the headline at the top of the screen references NY1 News seen in the 2016 movie.
    • In panel 1, the ticker at the bottom of the screen mentions New York City Hall.
    • In panel 2, on the kitchen shelf is a bag of Stay Puft Marshmallows.
    • In panel 2, to the side of Holtzmann is her large duffel bag.
    • Cal alludes to when the ATC team saved the world at the end of the 2016 movie.
  • Page 7
    • In panel 1, still in the alley is the Ecto-2 RV.
    • In panel 1, the heart modified "international ionizing radiation trefoil symbol" on the back of Holtzmann's pack can be seen.
    • Erin and Patty are in their civies from Chapter 12 from the 2016 movie. Abby appears to be in her civies from Chapter 16 when the team toasts in the sports bar.
    • Patty compares the situation to the Mirror Universe alternate universe from the Star Trek franchise.
  • Page 8
    • In panel 1, the heart modified "international ionizing radiation trefoil symbol" on the back of Holtzmann's pack can be seen.
    • In panel 1, on the shelving on the right:
      • Top Shelf: The white box in the cardboard box is Primo Spiffies Cakes. The box was seen in Ghostbusters 101 #1 behind Ray on a shelf when he was lecturing the 101 class.
    • In panel 3, the boxes by Kevin references the Ghostbusters Wiki and Ghostbusters comics from IDW Publishing:
  • Page 9
    • Erin's tirade about Kevin Beckman is a low level nod to Thor, whom Chris Hemsworth portrays in the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies. [17]
    • Patty reveals she used to work for a moving company.
    • In panel 4, Patty's gold vanity necklace is visible.
    • In panel 5, still on the front desk computer's screen is the repeating "Hi Toots" left by Imps in The Real Ghostbusters episode "Janine's Day Off".
  • Page 10
    • Egon is wearing his stock gray vest from the first movie.
    • Kevin Beckman is wearing the outfit when he appeared in Chapter 8 and Chapter 10 the 2016 movie. His shirt is colored a solid green instead of white and green plaid.
  • Page 11
    • Holtzmann realizes the tank has ionized glass to keep Slimer inside. This feature was first revealed by Egon in the ongoing series Volume 1 Issue #2.
    • Abby alludes to the ATC version of Slimer from the 2016 movie, whole stole their Ecto-1 during the Times Square battle.
    • Holtzmann refers to when they blew up Ecto-1 to seal the Mercado Hotel portal.
    • In panel 3, left of Peter is the Phoenician Plague Vase where it appears after Rookie collects it in Ghostbusters: The Video Game, Realistic Versions.
    • The second floor is still laid out like it was in Ghostbusters: The Video Game, Realistic Versions such as the green carpet, Periodic Table, and New York City poster.
    • In panel 3, between Erin and Abby on the lower shelf is the standard version of Ghostbusters: The Board Game.
  • Page 12
    • Egon appears to be using a combination of Doc Brown's stop watch from "Back to the Future" and something else.
    • Abby reveals the ATC team has been in operation for well over a year since the events of the 2016 movie.
    • In panel 1, Slimer is now eating Pringles.
    • In panel 3, on the left, on the middle shelf is a Ghostbusters II promotional theater cup from Australia.
    • In panel 3, Holtzmann has on the Aura Video-Analyzer colander and is looking at a Giga Meter.
    • In panel 3, on the cork board is:
    • In panel 3, on the far right, on the kitchen counter is the Hi C Citrus Cooler, the precursor to the Ecto Cooler.
    • Ray mentions they met travelers from other dimensions. They recently met the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The Real Ghostbusters.
  • Page 13
  • Page 15
    • Winston alludes to Egon's experiments on himself. In the first movie, Peter remembers when he tried to drill a hole in his head. In The Video Game, he tried sleeping an average of 14 minutes a day to get more work done.
    • The "stable alternate" turned out to be the dimension occupied by The Real Ghostbusters.
    • The RGB Peter and Egon are on the third floor in Egon's lab (see example here).
      • The portal was previously shown to open in the sleeping quarters in Get Real Issue #3.
    • RGB Peter alludes to RGB Slimer.
    • RGB Egon is in his stock pink shirt civies.
    • RGB Peter mentions Gruyere, a Swiss hard yellow cheese,
    • Holtzmann advises Egon to cut his rat-tail off. Fans have theorized this version of Egon influenced Holtzmann's hair style in the 2016 movie.
  • Page 16
  • Page 17
    • In panel 1, the Containment Unit Viewer from The Real Ghostbusters is still on the control console.
    • Panels two to three recreates scenes from the arrival of Gozer in Chapter 26 of the first movie. Ray steps up to talk to Gozer, Gozer pets Vinz, and the Temple of Gozer.
    • Ray mentions Zuul and Ivo Shandor.
  • Page 18
    • Panel 1 recreates a scene from Chapter 28 when the Ghostbusters crossed the streams on the Temple of Gozer with the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man watching horror.
    • Holtzmann alludes to the urinating joke that came from the crossing the streams term in the first movie.
    • Erin alludes to when they blew up Ecto-1 to seal the Mercado Hotel portal.
    • Ray and Egon talk about the splintered Multiverse theory. Egon from The Real Ghostbusters brought up the theory in Ghostbusters International #10.
  • Page 19
    • Ray notes the Faraday Cage on the ATC Proton Pack.
    • In panel 1, the green numbers (408346 and 4332) on Holtzmann's pack are based on the prop pack photographed and posted online by Paul Feig on June 30, 2015.
    • In panel 1, the heart modified "international ionizing radiation trefoil symbol" on the back of Holtzmann's pack can be seen.
    • Patty recalls hearing "Zuul" at the end of the 2016 movie.
    • Kylie speculates if Gozer manifested in the ATC dimension, it would be an echo. This could be because most of Gozer's essence is still stored in the Containment Unit after it was trapped in Volume 1 Issue #4.
  • Page 20
    • In panel 1, Kevin Beckman is playing with a Slinkie - a nod to Ghostbusters II.
  • Page 23
    • In the standard Ectoplasm section, Smells "Funky" is a nod to Peter's recollection after he was slimed by Slimer in the first movie.
    • In the Yellow Ectoplasm section, the notion of a distressed ghost was recently seen in 101 Issue #1.
    • In the Yellow Ectoplasm section, up to five bucks is offered to volunteers. Incidentally, Peter offered five bucks to volunteers at the start of the first movie.
    • Yellow Ectoplasm also notably appeared in Volume 2 Issue #3, #5, and #6.
  • Page 24
  • On the What Came Before Page of Ghostbusters 101 #4, the three images re-used from Issue #3 are from
    • Page 6 panel 1
    • Page 11 panel 4
    • Page 20 panel 4
  • On page 22 of Ghostbusters Crossing Over Issue #1:
    • Abby, Erin, and Patty's photos are from Ghostbusters 101 #3, page 20, panel 4.
    • Holtzmann's photo is from Ghostbusters 101 #3, page 18, panel 2.
    • Kevin's photo is from Ghostbusters 101 #3, page 10, panel 1.
  • On page 3 of Ghostbusters Crossing Over Issue #2, Holtzmann mentions meeting the Prime team for the first time during the events Ghostbusters 101 which took place in Ghostbusters 101 #3.
  • On the Dramatis Personae Page 1 of Ghostbusters Crossing Over Issue #3, the Prime Ghostbusters' bio mentions seeding the multiverse, which as discussed in Ghostbusters 101 Issue #3.

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