It can go without saying that the Annual has proven to be a really lovely treat to help close out 2015 for the IDW run. Considering that just this time last year, we were we were facing the possible prospect of the comic having it's final issue at the end of January, it's been great to see the line continue, and some of the stuff it's brought in that time. I don't know if Get Real
completely saved it, but I think it helped a great deal.
And now, we've got the annual, and what a fun read it was (with plenty of bits that made me laugh). It was nice that Dan and Erik got to go a little "out there" with the content, and it was helped by the specifics of the storyline which have also given us another potential interesting menace for the Ghostbusters.
The annual also saw the welcome return of the "Stripped" feature (which works well as an occasional include, which keeps it special), my personal favourites being the multi-page "World of the Psychic" segment by Burnham and Erik Evensen (who, if Dan needed to take a break on doing the art for the series, I'd happily see take on temporarily responsibilities - his previous contribution "Field Trip", featuring the first comic appearance of Ilyssa Selwyn in a prologue to Mass Hysteria was a notable inclusion, and I think his art's gotten even better with his latest instalment), and my other favourite was "Hot Foot", featuring a visual/art style I'd love to see more of. Also of note is "A Fall Wind in Summer", which looks like it'll have interesting repercussions for the future.
And of course, a final mention needs to be made to the comic team's tribute, simple, but effective... and immortalised in another form someone who the community was so fond of. I imagine we'll also see a tribute to Mr. Gross in the new year.
If there was one very minor point of criticism, it was that I was surprised Kylie didn't appear in the annual, even though she appeared on the cover.
Does it strike anyone else that the blurb on the back cover doesn't really relate to the story? What bits of nostalgia we do see occur away from the Firehouse.