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Ghostbusters 2-18 is the eighteenth issue in the second volume of the ongoing Ghostbusters comic book series by IDW Publishing. It is the sixth issue of the Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary 8-issue maxi-event, "MASS HYSTERIA!"


Tiamat's chaotic presence continues to be felt in New York City, and the Ghostbusters are at wits' end as to how to deal with it. She's clearly too powerful to capture, and she may be impossible to destroy... does that leave only the most drastic of options open to the team? Mass Hysteria continues here![2]


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Jenny Moran

Special Agent Melanie Ortiz

Winston Zeddemore


Ron Alexander

Hart Island Ghosts

Ray Stantz


Janine Melnitz


Spider Witch

Spider Crawler

Dani Shpak

Lou Kamaka

Chicago Ghostbusters

Ghost Smashers

Egon Spengler

Kylie Griffin

Terror Birds



Peter Venkman

Louis Tully


Dock Supervisor

Dock Assistant

Tiyah Zeddemore

Kas Gibbons

Dana Barrett



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Proton Pack

Particle Thrower

Slime Blower

Boson Caster

Ecto Goggles

Proton Pack/Realistic Version

Compact Pack

Melanie's Proton Pistol

Marine Ecto-8

Arm Mounted Proton Pack


P.K.E. Meter

Tobin's Spirit Guide

Paranormal Containment Research Tank

Occult Reference Net

P.K.E. Thermometer

Aura Video-Analyzer


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The Atlantic Monthly

The Twinkie

Pin-Up Calendar of Doom!


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Psychomagnotheric Slime

Spectral Spawning Husks


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Hart Island



On March 26, 2014, Tristan Jones posted a teaser of an upcoming subscription cover.[3]

On April 19, 2014, Dan Schoening posted a work in progress of Vigo.[4]

On April 23, 2014, Tristan Jones posted his subscription cover for Issue #18 citing it as his Harold Ramis tribute cover. [5] Dan Schoening posted a finished preview of his regular cover, featuring Vigo.[6]

On May 7, 2014, in an interview conducted between April 25-27, Erik Burnham confirmed Vigo would be returning in Issue #18.[7]

On June 9, 2014, from a panel conducted on May 31 at Alabama Phoenix Festival, Dan Schoening confirmed he was currently working on Issue #18.[8]

On June 19, 2014, Erik Burnham teased a heartbreaking scene between Peter and Dana.[9]

On July 28, 2014, a cover, credits, recap, cast, and 5 page preview was posted.[10]

On October 22, 2014, Luis Delgado posted an unlettered version of page 5 and 15.[11][12]


  • The Diamond order code is MAY140514.
  • Subscription Cover
  • Page 2
    • Ron Alexander shoots Vigo point blank in the face with his Boson Caster like he first did in the Mass Hysteria! Prelude in Volume 2 Issue #12.
  • Page 4
  • Page 6
  • Page 7
    • As mentioned in the previous issue, the Vigo painting is shown having been drawn all over. It includes a cat - a nod to Peter's 'Carpathian Kitten Loss' line in the second movie, the word 'Bonehead' refers to a line Peter uses while he's mouthing off at Vigo during the final battle, and the word 'Butch' refers to Peter's "Vigo the Butch?" line when the Ghostbusters first investigated the Manhattan Museum of Art.
    • Under the table is the Imp from The Real Ghostbusters episode "Chicken, He Clucked"
  • Page 8
    • The Robobot from the Extreme Ghostbusters episode "The Infernal Machine" is on the bottom shelf behind the Terror Bird on the right.
    • On the right of the first panel are the flightsuits of The Real Ghostbusters.
  • Page 9
    • Egon's footlocker is once again dressed as the Harold Ramis tribute done by Dan Schoening and Luis Delgado. It includes the:
      • Cheese Its, a nod to the first movie when the Ghostbusters have their first interview with Dana
      • Slinkie, a nod to the second movie when Egon and Ray check out Oscar's bedroom
      • Ghostbusters II logo
      • A Mood Slime jar
      • A P.K.E. Meter
      • A framed Pacific Monthly, a nod to the Atlantic Monthly in the first movie during the first montage
      • A package of Twinkies
      • An annotated Tobin's Spirit Guide
      • A Trap
      • When the Trap is removed, there are three bottles labeled 'Spores', 'Mold' and 'Fungus' - a nod to the first movie when Egon tells Janine what his hobby is
  • Page 11
    • Above Egon on the white locker is the Sandman's bag and blowgun from The Real Ghostbusters "Mr. Sandman, Dream Me a Dream"
    • Kylie jokes about the 'Young priest and an old priest' aspect of The Exorcist
  • Page 12
  • Page 13
    • The Etc. piece on the wall is a nod to the same piece in Louis' apartment in the first movie
    • The waiter on panel 1 is visually based on Ghostbusters fan Tyler Gerard
    • The waiter on panel 2 is visually based on Gerard's friend Kyle
    • Kas' credit card is with the Manhattan City Bank from the first movie
    • Kas' last name is revealed on her credit card: Gibbons. This is the same last name as the Ghostbuster named Bridget in Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime. Kas turned out to be Bridget's mother. [13]
  • Page 14
    • Peter is wearing his orange jacket from the first movie when he meets with Dana outside the Lincoln Center
    • Ray mentions the Scoleri Brothers, who briefly appeared last issue
    • Also like in the previous issue, one panel bears an homage to when the camera zooms in on Vigo's red eyes like in the second movie when Ray is possessed.
    • In the cardboard box is a copy of the misspelled Weird Fiction magazine from The Real Ghostbusters' episode "Mr. Sandman, Dream Me a Dream"
  • Page 15
    • The business card on the table is a nod to the character Frank Bannister, portrayed by Michael J. Fox, in the movie "The Frighteners" where he becomes a psychic who works as a fraudulent exorcist.
    • The 'Come Visit...' poster from Ghostbusters: The Video Game, Realistic Versions, is (accurately) hanging up near the stairs.
    • Also present is the ladder and towel seen in Ghostbusters: The Video Game, Realistic Versions
    • Poso's file from The Real Ghostbusters episode "Partners in Slime" is on the computer
    • Dana and Louis' blankets are similar in color to the ones they wore at the end of the first movie.
    • Egon was the Standard Ghosts and Demons Identification Test, specifically the Protoplasmic Manifestation Type 6 and Recreational Zombie Haitian Variety cards, seen in The Real Ghostbusters episode "Hanging By a Thread"
    • Egon also holds copies of Rottweiler on Olfactory Manifestations from The Real Ghostbusters episode "Ghostbuster of the Year" and Golden Grimbor from The Real Ghostbusters episode "Loathe Thy Neighbor"
    • On the shelf above Peter are:
    • On the chalkboard is a He-Man themed party flier called "Parties of the Universe," a nod to who the children were expecting at the birthday party near the start of the second movie
      • The top note is "Does kid parties?" - a further nod to the scene and Winston's disdain for them
      • The bottom note refers to Ray's line after the party about those "ungrateful yuppie larvae"
    • Holding up the party flier is a magnet based on Killerwatt's host body in The Real Ghostbusters episode "Killerwatt"
    • The chalkboard features the Proton Stream equations seen in Ghostbusters: The Video Game, Realistic Versions
    • Peter holds up a snow globe like in the second movie when he enters Dana's apartment.
  • Page 16
    • On the right corner of panel one and two, a flier references Zalinsky Auto Parts from the movie "Tommy Boy" The owner of the company was Ray Zalinsky, portrayed by Dan Aykroyd.
    • By Dana is the side of the Paranormal Research Containment Tank, bearing an accurate representation of the equipment's name.
    • Peter alludes to Oscar and his Joe Namath jersey.
    • A 15 easter egg can be seen on the Periodic Table
  • Page 17
    • The poster nods to Marc and Saxon of Following the Nerd.
    • On the chalkboard behind Dana is:
      • Top Left: A section on Hart Island with Vigo's full name and Scoleri Bros. written down
      • Top Right: An informal timeline with past, 1985, and future. It is based on the one drawn by Doc Brown in Back to the Future Part II when he explains alternate 1985 to Marty.
        • The 'Future Us?' references the future versions of the original four Ghostbusters encountered in Volume 2 Issue #16
      • Middle: A reference to Tiamat, crude drawing, and mention of her role as a monster of chaos and goddess of ocean.
      • Middle: A reference to the Chaoskamf, the classic mythological struggle against chaos.
      • Middle: A reference to Marduk, seen and mentioned in Volume 2 Issue #14
      • Middle: A reference to Barrett and Tully
      • Middle: A side note "Geoff RE: 4WD", referencing Geoff and the Ecto-4WD from Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime
      • Bottom: A reference to Chicago and Ilyssa Selwyn from Ghostbusters: Video Game, who appeared in Volume 2 Issue #12
    • Once again, the Pin-Up Calendar of Doom! is in the tank. This time it is on March.
    • A second 15 easter egg is on the calendar.
    • The calendar girl on March is based on Evilyn from the Ghostbusters of British Columbia fan franchise.
  • Page 18
    • The computer is on the Occult Reference Net's results on Vigo seen in the second movie
    • Winston alludes to the Blood Rain
    • Kylie alludes to Ray's Occult Books
    • The 'Humbaba' in Humbaba Paper refers to a giant in Mesopotamian mythology.
    • The thermometer is connected to a modified version of the P.K.E. Meter seen in Ghostbusters: The Video Game, Stylized Version as evidenced by the look and the words on screen like 'P.K.E.' but lacking the wings and handle.
  • Page 19
    • Peter inquires about human sacrifice, something mentioned in the Ghostbusters' Mass Hysteria speech to Mayor Lenny in the first movie.
  • Page 20
    • Under the computer is an Imp from The Real Ghostbusters episode "Janine's Day Off"

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