Ghostbusters issue 20, it’s here at last, and not only is it the conclusion of the “Mass Hysteria” story arc, but it’s also the final issue of this series. Being a fan of this franchise since their debut, it was hard for me to read this issue, knowing it’ll be the last. This was a great series, and the creative team brought the readers fun and exciting storylines, artwork, and colors every month. IDW Publishing did a great job continuing the adventures of the Ghostbusters, and it was good to see what happened to these characters outside of the two films and animated series’.
About issue 20, it begins where the previous issue left off, where Winston pulled the plugs on the protection grid. He stands before a large gate, surrounded by clouds, then Tiamat shows up. They have a brief conversation, and in the real world, Winston is presumed dead, because his heart stopped beating. Egon checks Winston’s pulse and Peter looks at Winston in concern, meanwhile, Ray is given the task of fixing the protection grid, as it’s smoking and looks like it’s about to crack open. In the netherworld, Tiamat continues her conversation with Winston, but she doesn’t like how Winston sacrificed himself for the better of the city and its people. Here’s where it gets difficult, she tells him to choose another sacrifice otherwise she’ll do it for him.
In the real world, Peter preps a shot of atropine and adrenaline so that he can give it to Winston. At that very moment, Tiamat releases Winston at the same time Peter gives Winston the shot, and he wakes from his brief death. Winston runs out of the firehouse and takes off on a motorcycle, because he has a gut feeling that Tiamat will choose his wife, Tiyah, for the sacrifice. Mayhem occurs at the firehouse, as the ghost of an older woman appears (and the unspeakable ghost that comes out of her mouth). Winston arrives at Tiyah’s place, and Tiamat is already there, ready to take Tiyah as her sacrifice. Seeing the look on Winston’s face makes Tiamat come up with another plan…she erases Tiyah’s memories of Winston, and their relationship never happened. Back at the firehouse, the Ghostbusters trap the ghost, and they go out looking for Winston.
They find Winston through a tracking device, and the guys see Winston sitting on the curb in tears. Apparently their memories of Winston and Tiyah’s wedding have been erased also, so Tiamat made a new life for the Ghostbusters and their affiliates, where Winston and Tiyah never were, never met, never crossed paths. Peter tries to joke about this, but Winston isn’t having it. Three months later, the Ghostbusters spent three hours to trap a ghost, and Winston keeps staring at something. Of course, Peter notices this, and realizes that Winston is staring at “The lady who nobody remembers,” Tiyah. Peter wants to set the recently captured ghost free to get Tiyah’s attention, much to Egon’s dismay, but Peter does it anyway. A fan-favorite ghost is set free, and this is where the adventure ends…for now.
What a great way to end this series, not only because it’s the final act of the “Mass Hysteria” story arc, but it’s a nice way to end the series. The final pages are fun to read, because they’re the “What Happened Next” section, where we see the whereabouts of the remaining cast of characters. This issue wraps up nicely, and it’s a compliment to the 30th anniversary of the Ghostbusters. The final page shows the guys doing a familiar dance, and we get a little update on them as well. It’s been a fun ride since the beginning of this IDW series, but now it’s over, and I was sad to read the final page, but what an ending it was! It’ll be hard to think of this world without new Ghostbusters stories, and a big kudos goes out to the creative team of this series, Erik Burnham, Dan Schoening, and Luis Antonio Delgado. Thank you for bringing these awesome characters to life through the comic book medium, and for giving the Ghostbusters a nice closure. I rate this final issue a 5 out of 5 stars, definitely worth picking up. Ghostbusters #20 has 30 pages, retails for $3.99, and is available now in print and on digital formats.