Revenge Of The Cosmic Ghost Rider #5 Review

by Nick Devonald on June 03, 2020

Writer: Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum
Artist: Scott Hepburn
Colours: Antonio Fabela
Letters: VC’s Travis Lanham

Here we are, at the conclusion of the Revenge Of The Cosmic Ghost Rider storyline. A mini-series which has managed to consistently throw curve balls and make sure that the reader has no idea what’s coming next. Everytime it seems to be heading in a certain direction and the reader knew what to expect a big twist would flip it all on its head. It’s made for a crazy, unpredictable series, a bit like the titular Cosmic Ghost Rider.

It’s a little disappointing then that this issue doesn’t have any major twists for us. Events unfold more or less exactly the way that the reader would expect them to. And while that isn’t necessarily a bad thing after the high standards set earlier on in the series it ends up feeling a little disappointing. The only exception to that is the way the issue ends, but even that leaves a bit of a sour taste in the mouth. Unlike most mini-series Revenge Of The Cosmic Ghost Rider leaves a number of storylines unfinished. While it’s not essential to wrap up every storyline with a neat little bow I would have liked to have seen a little bit more resolution. It very deliberately feels like it’s setting up future series, only with all the current uncertainty in the comics industry, and Marvels decision to finish this series as Digital-only doesn’t promise that Cosmic Ghost Rider will return.

Scott Hepburn’s art is as spot on as always. Hallum’s script is as bonkers as previous issues, presenting Hepburn with plenty of opportunities to draw some insane images. For a series like Cosmic Ghost Rider to work it needs an artist capable of producing the craziest of work and Hepburn delivers in spades. Visually each panel is a real treat.

Just as important as finding the right artist to pull a series like this off you need a colourist capable of doing the same. Antonio Fabela is just that man. Flicking through the comic there is a multitude of bright colours leaping off each panel, every time you turn the page some new colour jumps out at the reader.

This mini-series feels more like it’s setting up a new status quo for Frank Castle's future as the Cosmic Ghost Rider, with new enemies out there to thwart and challenge him. Unfortunately the current uncertainty in the comics industry makes his future seem a little precarious. Without having the most definitive of endings and no major shocks for the reader leaves this concluding issue not quite living up to the high standards which have been set by previous entries in the series. Worth getting if only to see how the story ends and for the implications for the character in the future.

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