If there’s one thing we geeks love to do, it’s wax theoretical on all the things that could’ve or should’ve been in regards to our favorite characters or properties. From an unseen final season to a never-produced line of action figures, we want them. Now. Make it So!
We’re all big fans of that foursome of heavy-backed heroes from the 1980′s, all with their own distinct personalities and skill sets, striving to save New York City (and the world) from the powers of evil and the super-natural. What’s that? That describes both the Ghostbusters team as well as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Would ya lookit that! And hey…isn’t it funny that IDW currently holds the rights to both properties in comic-booky form? How cool would it be to have the two teams join forces to take on some world-breaking force before it levels New York City? That’s exactly what we do here at PoP! and Make it So…pontificate on the possibilities of the yet-to-happen!
IDW’s ‘Busters and Turtles series have set a standard of quality for licensed books, respecting the tradition of the original properties, as well as carrying on the same tone and tenor of storytelling and characters into new and improved adventures. Who needs Bill Murray in Ghostbusters 3 when Erik Burnham can write Venkman as well as he does? While Nick’s Ninja Turtles toon is phenomenal, there’s a level of gritty realism in IDW’s version that helps the two stand apart, without going too far off the rails like Michael Bay‘s proposed “alien” Turtle storyline. We’ve already seen a company-wide event in the form of IDW’s “Infestation” arcs, but where has been the interaction between eight of New York’s greatest heroes?
Not to take away from the great minds behind each series, but a Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters mash-up writes itself. A series of reports come in to ‘Busters’ HQ regarding encounters with an inhuman presence, and Venkman, Spengler, Stanz, and Zeddemore track the disturbance to the Turtles’ hideout. A Mexican standoff ensues with blades drawn on charged proton packs, but the curiosity of both Egon and Don lead the teams to cooler heads, while Venkman and Raph play the respective skeptics (read: a–holes). Following a series of “meet cute” moments, the Turtles inform the ‘Busters of the eminent threat of Krang‘s army invading from Dimension X. The teams’ members pair off, each with specific tasks to utilize their specific skills, and our heroes join forces to close the inter-dimensional portal and prevent Krang’s invasion. PRINT IT.
It could be a mini-series crossover, or it could simply be a one-shot. How ever the folks at IDW decide to go about this, combining two of their best properties into an event could please fans of both properties alike, and would undoubtedly be atop whatever Best Lists there are of that particular year. There are so many touchstone moments that could make geeks’ heads explode: Raph and Venkman trading barbs, Ray getting a little too “up close” while admiring Splinter, or how about Donnie strapping on a proton pack? ”You got Ghostbusters in my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!” “You got Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in my Ghostbusters!” They’re two great tastes that would surely taste great together! IDW….MAKE IT SO!
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