Revenge of the Cosmic Ghost Rider #1 Review

by Nick Devonald on December 18, 2019

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

Semper Fight

Writer: Donny Cates
Art: Geoff Shaw
Colors: Matt Milla

This comic is the first part of Revenge of the Cosmic Ghost Rider, as well as containing a bonus story by Cosmic Ghost Rider’s creator, the incredibly talented Donny Cates. Cosmic Ghost Rider fans are in for a real treat here.

Revenge of the Cosmic Ghost Rider begins with a simple enough premise. He’s back to his punishing ways, only this time we’re talking Cosmic punishment rather than merely taking on the scum on earth. His latest target is behind bars so there’s only one way to get to him, get arrested. Similar stories have been done before with Frank Castle, but rather than feel like we’re retreading old ground the fact it’s a space jail makes it unique, and by the end of the story the tale has taken a few twists and turns and gone in a totally unexpected way. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for our heroes next.

Dennis Hallum really understands just what it is about Cosmic Ghost Rider that works, making this a great story with lots of potential in the future. A story about Cosmic Ghost Rider needs to be a little insane, like it’s protagonist. The action needs to be all out bonkers, and this is what we get here.

But of course for that to work we need a great artist to really capture this and Scott Hepburn really delivers here. The action is nuts, Frank Castle was always brutal and as Cosmic Ghost Rider he's so powerful it only makes sense the violence is turned up to a hundred. There are chains flying everywhere and his Cosmic powers being unleashed, a lesser artist couldn’t capture it as well as Hepburn does. Of course good art needs good colors to really make the most of it and Antonio Fabela really brings Hepburns art to life here, the action scenes near the start in particular stand out with all the different colors on show.

Then we have a return of a Marvel character who’s always been significantly underused in my mind and I look forward to seeing where this new team up between her and Castle go in the future. I think it’ll lend a much needed human side to Cosmic Ghost Rider.

Then onto the bonus story from Donny Cates. I knew it was going to be good before I start reading since no-one does Cosmic Ghost Rider like Cates, and after reading I wasn’t disappointed. It’s a good insight into his character, it involves an encounter that really was only a matter of time in coming, it’s also tragic and it gives Cosmic Ghost Rider a bit of purpose going forward. And of course Geoff Shaw and Donny Cates make a great team. The art is stunning and really helps to bring home the tragedy of the character.

Donny Cates' bonus story at the end makes this worth the price of admission. It's fortunate then that Revenge of the Cosmic Ghost Rider is a great story, helped by stunning art. I look forward to the next part of this story. Following the initial Cosmic Ghost Rider run we’ve needed a good solo story featuring him and I think this could be it.

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