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Ghostbusters: Deviations is a one-shot comic book by IDW Publishing which takes part in a five week company event in March 2016 spotlighting what-if stories at pivotal points in a franchise's history.


In a world, where on that fateful day in New York, the Ghostbusters did NOT cross streams, and were thus unable to destroy Gozer or close his portal. Now, 31 days later, NYC has descended into chaos and ruin, ruled with the deliciously soft fist of... THE STAY-PUFT MARSHMALLOW MAN! [1]


Winston Zeddemore

Egon Spengler

Ray Stantz

Peter Venkman

Mini Pufts

Janine Melnitz


Stay Puft Marshmallow Man

Tempore Ruga

Dana Barrett


Louis Tully

Vinz Clortho

Terror Dogs


Proton Pack

Particle Thrower

P.K.E. Meter



Aura Video-Analyzer


Stay Puft Marshmallows



55 Central Park West

Temple of Gozer


On December 10, 2015, IDW teased the Deviations event. IDW picked notable moments in their history of the bigger properties that they publish, and will explore a divergent path in those storylines. The Ghostbusters one-shot will deal with if they never crossed the streams. [2]

On December 11, 2015, Kelly Thompson and Nelson Daniel were announced as the writer and artist. The regular and subscription covers were previewed. Daniel did the regular and Dan Schoening did the subscription cover. It is 24 pages. The story picks up about a month after the Ghostbusters didn't cross the streams and Gozer rules New York City in the guise of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. Janine Melnitz will have a cameo. Dana Barrett/Zuul and Louis Tully/Vinz Clortho will appear with a bit of a twist but have minor roles overall. The story will explore the consequences of the Ghostbusters' failure to save the day and how it affects others. There will be new minions. [3]

On January 5, 2016, an unlettered panel was included in IDW's 2016 preview of Peter and Egon leaning on Ecto-1 hood being talked to by a miniature Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. [4]

On March 14, 2016, an interview with Kelly Thompson and Nelson Daniel was posted. Thompson was talking to Tom Waltz about another project, the idea of them not crossing the streams was one of Waltz' examples as they discussed the issue, Nelson loved both the movies and The Real Ghostbusters so he combined both for his designs such as blonde Egon, and there is a fun twist with Dana and Louis. [5] A cover and five page preview was posted. [6]


  • The Diamond Order Code is JAN160384
  • Subscription Cover
    • Zuul and Vinz Clortho appear in their Terror Dog forms
    • The Ghostbusters are depicted in handcuffs, as a nod to Peter telling the Mayor if they were wrong they would go to jail.
  • What Really Happened
    • The first image is a close up of Gozer from IDW's ongoing series Volume 1 Issue #1 page 3 panel 5
    • The second image is the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from IDW's ongoing series Volume 1 Issue #4 page 14 panel 2
    • The third image is the "Ghostbusters" music video homage at the end of IDW's ongoing series Volume 2 Issue #20.
  • Credits Page
    • The artwork seen on the credits page was originally test art done by Nelson Daniel. [7]
  • Page 1
    • The story centers on what if the Ghostbusters did not Cross the Streams on the Temple of Gozer.
  • Page 9
    • Gozer's idea is crossing the streams.
  • Page 12
  • Page 13
  • Page 17
    • The Ghostbusters' idea for Gozer's next Destructor Form is based on Spongebob Squarepants.
  • Page 18
    • Gozer mentions Ouroboros, the ancient symbol of cyclicality usually depicted as a serpent eating its own tail.
  • Page 20
    • The timeline resets at Peter's "Let's show this prehistoric bitch how we do things downtown" line.
    • As the timeline resets, Gozer does its aerial flip and lands on the altar.
  • Page 22
    • Winston exclaims his "I love this town!" line
  • Page 23
    • Egon and Ray's conversation with Louis is verbatim from the movie.
  • Page 24
    • Louis wears the Aura-Video Analyzer colander.
  • Page 36
  • Page 37
  • Page 38
    • The recap provides a hint about Egon's ongoing subplot in Ghostbusters International - he has reopened a cold case he investigated long before he became a Ghostbuster.
      • Ghostbusters International Issue #2 Page 10 Panel 2 is re-used. It depicts Egon searching for "The Johansen Argument" in the New York City Public Library.
      • Ghostbusters International Issue #2 Page 10 Panel 4. It depicts Egon realizing the book is gone.
      • Ghostbusters International Issue #1 Page 5 Panel 1. It depicts the initial shot of the Ghostbusters battling the Werecat Ghost.

Also SeeEdit


  1. Previews World Ghostbusters Deviations 12/16/15
  2. IDW Publishing "Deviations – Chris Ryall Discusses Departing from the Norm" 12/10/15
  3. "Kelly Thompson and Nelson Daniel Don't Cross The Streams in GHOSTBUSTERS: DEVIATIONS" Comic Vine article 12/11/15
  4. IDW Publishing 2016 Sneak Peek 1/5/16
  5. "Its a Marshmallow World in Kelly Thompson and Nelson Daniels Ghostbusters: Deviations" 3/14/16
  6. Deviations preview via Comic Book Resources 3/14/16
  7. Nelson Daniel deviantArt "Ghostbusters Deviations" 3/16/16


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