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Ghostbusters Crossing Over 4 is the fourth of an eight issue maxi-series by IDW Publishing.

PlotEdit

There was a plan. A good plan. The Ghostbusters of Many Worlds would just split up and seek out the ghosts that had escaped from the containment unit in the dimensions those ghosts sought refuge in. Simple. Effective. And it should've gone off without a hitch... until something went wrong. It seemed small, but it hints at the chaotic presence of a being that Peter, Egon, Ray-and especially Winston-had hoped they'd never meet again. [1]

CastEdit

Tiamat

Jillian Holtzmann of 80-C

Bridget Gibbons of 50-S

Peter Venkman

Special Agent Melanie Ortiz

Roland Jackson of 68-E

Egon Spengler of 68-R

Alan Crendall of 50-S

Egon Spengler

Winston Zeddemore

Abby Yates of 80-C

Eduardo Rivera of 68-E

Winston Zeddemore of 68-R

Death

Samuel Hazer of 50-S

Peter Venkman of 68-R

Kylie Griffin of 68-E

Erin Gilbert of 80-C

Kylie Griffin

Ray Stantz

Headless Horseman

Bone Dragon

Mike the Golem of 68-V

Robo-Buster of 68-V

Ghostbusters of Dimension 35-N

Evan Torres

Zoe Zawadzki

Garrett Parker

Cait Banner

Egon Spengler of 68-E

EquipmentEdit

Proton Pack of 80-C

Proton Pack

Particle Thrower

Proton Pack/Animated

  • Both versions

Particle Thrower/Animated

  • Both versions

P.K.E. Meter/Animated

  • Both versions

Remote Portal Access Band

P.K.E. Meter

Proton Cannister

Trap/Animated

  • Extreme Ghostbusters version only

Proton Pistol/Animated

Trap

Trap-Gate

Interspatial Teleportation Unit

P.K.E Meter of 80-C

LocationsEdit

Comic Strip Dimension

Helsingor Brewery of 75-B

Central Park of 00-D

Chinatown

  • Alternate dimension only

Warehouse

Wander Hills Orphanage

DevelopmentEdit

On February 2, 2018, Tom Waltz posted a cover in progress by S.L. Gallant for Issue #4. [2]

On March 22, 2018, the June solicitations revealed the logline, June 27 release date, the finished Cover RI by S.L. Gallant, and confirmed Cover B is by Tim Lattie. [3]

On April 17, 2018, Tim Lattie posted a WIP teaser of Cover B. [4]

On April 20, 2018, Erik Burnham revealed he just got Dan Schoening's thumbnails for Issue #4 and called "maybe the biggest, craziest, most fun issue we've ever done." [5]

On April 25, 2018, Tom Waltz previewed the first page. [6]

On May 1, 2018, Tom Waltz posted a WIP of Jillian Holtzmann and Bridget Gibbons. [7]

On May 3, 2018, Tom Waltz posted a WIP of EGB Eduardo Rivera, ATC Abby Yates, RGB Winston Zeddemore, Prime Winston Zeddemore, SOS Alan Crendall, and Prime Egon Spengler. [8]

On May 10, 2018, Tom Waltz posted a finished page featuring Mike the Golem, Robobuster, and the 8-Bit Ghostbusters of Dimension 35-N capturing an escaped ghost. Waltz also revealed he's about to send the issue to be printed. [9] Dan Schoening clarified the ghost is similar to but not the same Bone Dragon from Extreme Ghostbusters. [10] Waltz later posted a finished panel of Holtzmann, Bridget, Peter Venkman, Special Agent Melanie Ortiz, Egon Spengler/Animated, and Roland Jackson in another dimension. [11]

On May 22, 2018, Tom Waltz posted two finished panels featuring Samuel Hazer, Kylie Griffin, and Kylie Griffin. [12]

On June 7, 2018, Dan Schoening posted a colored panel from page 1. [13]

On July 5, 2018, Tom Waltz posted Crossing Over Virtual Trading Card #40, providing some extra details about Issue #4. [14]

On July 10, 2018, Tim Lattie posted the processes for Cover B. [15]

TriviaEdit

  • The Diamond Order Code is APR180334.
  • On page 23 of Ghostbusters Crossing Over Issue #3, Cover A of Issue #4 was shown for the first time.
  • Cover A
  • Cover B
  • Cover RI
    • The cover features various Slimers from Answer The Call, The Real Ghostbusters, Extreme Ghostbusters, and the prime universe.
    • Also present are Lady Slimer and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.
    • The Icon Ghost appears on the bibs of the Slimers from The Real Ghostbusters and Extreme Ghostbusters.
  • Dramatis Personae
  • What Came Before
    • Mentioned are:
      • Ron Alexander
      • Jillian Holtzmann
      • Interspatial Teleportation Unit
      • Containment Unit
      • Peter Venkman
      • Tiamat
      • Events from Crossing Over Issues #1 to #3.
  • Page 1
    • The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the events of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters Volume 1 are alluded to.
    • As usual, the Transdimensional Portal was originally the name of the unit from The Real Ghostbusters episode "The Copycat".
    • At the bottom of the page is a Tiamat snake symbol from the Enuma Elish, the Babylonian creation myth.
  • Page 3
    • Peter alludes to his near death at the end of Crossing Over Issue #1.
    • Peter alludes to Ron and Holtzmann's Remote Access Teleportation Unit from Crossing Over Issue #1.
  • Page 4
    • In panel 1, Roland is incorrectly among this field team of Ghostbusters.
    • The gate and exterior of the brewery are visually based on the Wonka Factory in the 1971 movie "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory".
    • The gate references Helsingor, a city in Denmark, and notably the inspiration for the Elsinore Brewery in the 1983 movie "Strange Brew".
    • In panel 2, on the left is Elsinore Castle from "Strange Brew".
    • Egon alludes to the events of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters Volume 2 and The Collectors.
    • Egon mentions the Trap-Gates, the first model was made in the above mentioned mini-series as well.
    • Egon alludes to the ending of Volume 2 Issue #20 when Tiamat erased Winston and Tiyah's wedding from the prime universe's timeline and made it so only Winston could remember it as part of his sacrifice to get rid of her.
  • Page 5
    • Eduardo mentions his father.
      • In the Extreme Ghostbusters episode "Rage", it is intimated that he had already passed on.
    • Winston brings up his service with the U.S. Marine Corps.
    • Winston from The Real Ghostbusters reveals his service was with the U.S. Air Force.
      • This difference in military service history was revealed in his virtual trading card which was released on February 27, 2018.
  • Page 6
    • The Fly Boy nickname for Air Force enlistees and Jarhead nickname for Marine Corps enlistees are used by the Winstons.
  • Page 7
    • Eduardo mistakes Death for Gandalf based on the use of his popular phrase in "Lord of the Rings".
    • The prime Ghostbusters initially witnessed Death at the end of Volume 1 Issue #15 when it took the Megaspook.
  • Page 8
    • Winston refers to when he told Patty, Erin, and Holtzmann about Death in Ghostbusters 101 #4. Abby was elsewhere with Egon, at the time, collecting data at City Hall Park.
    • Winston also mentions Death was trapped in a backpack. It was the backpack of Egon's friend, Eugene Visitor, and Eugene finally admitted Egon was right and let Death go in Volume 1 Issue #15.
    • Death refers to when Aibell resurrected Egon as a token of good faith in Ghostbusters International #11.
    • There are several nods to the movie "The Seventh Seal". [17]
      • The black and white format.
      • The design of Death's sickle.
      • Death selecting chess as a challenge against its target, promising prolonged life if he won.
      • In the movie itself, Death's focus was on a character played by Max Von Sydow who later portrayed Vigo in Ghostbusters II.
  • Page 9
    • Egon and Death allude to "The Seventh Seal". He also had a perchance for board games in "Bill & Ted's Bogus Adventure".
  • Page 10
    • Bridget mentions the Containment Unit.
    • Egon 68-R mentions the prime Containment Unit can't hold a Class 7. So far the closest they've come is holding some of Gozer's essence, captured in Volume 1 Issue #4.
  • Page 11
    • Dimension 00-D is visually based on Disney's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow".
  • Page 12
    • Kylie 68-E states she loves ponies. Tara Strong, who voiced Kylie, went on to join the cast of "My Little Ponies".
  • Page 14
    • The ghost turned out to the the IDW version of the Headless Horseman. The Real Ghostbusters trapped their own version in "The Headless Motorcyclist".
    • The back drop is lifted from Disney's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow".
  • Page 15
  • Page 16
    • The dimension appears to be an alternate version of Chinatown.
    • The ghost is an alternate version of the Bone Dragon from the Extreme Ghostbusters episode "Eyes of a Dragon".
  • Page 18
    • In panel 1, on the monitor screens are:
    • In panel 1, on Garrett's box is Luis Delgado's 15 easter egg.
    • In panel 3, above Cait's head is the P.K.E. Meter screen when Winston's detects Wyatt Earp in The Real Ghostbusters episode "Ghost Fight at the O.K. Corral".
    • In panel 4, on the screen is the display of Zunk on the P.K.E. Meter from The Real Ghostbusters episode "Ghosts R Us".
    • In panel 5, on the far right is the P.K.E. Meter screen when it overloaded at Lewiston Girls Academy in The Real Ghostbusters episode "If I Were a Witch Man".
  • Page 20
    • Peter's dismay towards Wander Hills Orphanage is warranted. The Ghostbusters captured Ellen Gold twice, initially in Volume 1 Issue #2 then recaptured her in Volume 1 Issue #20.
    • In the right frame is a photograph of Ellen Gold and some of the Wander Hills Children when they were alive.
  • Page 21
    • The Ghostbusters visually based on the Penguin-Hunters of the Tokyo ESP anime are revealed to be from Dimension 68-M.
    • H.P. Lovecraft is mentioned.
    • Dimension 68-Q is mentioned. Those Ghostbusters are based on the version seen in the Slimer! animated series.
    • The names of the Ghostbusters are in Japanese katakana characters.
      • レイ or "Rei" which translates to Ray.
      • ウィンストン or "U~insuton" which translates to Winston.
      • ピーター or "Pītā" which translates to Peter.
      • エゴン or "Egon".
  • On the what came before page of Ghostbusters Crossing Over Issue #5, the team shuffling from last issue is mentioned.

Also SeeEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Issue #4 Previews World 3/21/18
  2. TomWaltz Tweet 2/2/18
  3. Comic Book Resources "IDW Publishing Solicitations for June 2018" 3/22/18
  4. Tim Lattie instagram 4/17/18
  5. erikburnham Tweet 4/20/18
  6. TomWaltz Tweet 4/25/18
  7. TomWaltz Tweet 5/1/18
  8. TomWaltz Tweet 5/3/18
  9. TomWaltz Tweet #1 5/10/18
  10. Dapperpomade Tweet 5/10/18
  11. TomWaltz Tweet #2 5/10/18
  12. TomWaltz Tweet 5/22/18
  13. Dapperpomade Tweet 6/7/18
  14. TomWaltz Tweet 7/5/18
  15. teamlattie Tweet 7/10/18
  16. teamlattie Tweet 6/30/18
  17. erikburnham Tweet 7/4/18


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