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"Cosmic Ghost Rider #3" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Marvel Comics

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Written by Donny Cates
Illustrated by Dylan Burnett
Colored by Antonio Fabela
Lettered by VC's Clayton Cowles
2018, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on September 5th, 2018

Review:

The hits just keep on coming for Frank Castle. He set out to do a good thing by kidnapping a baby Thanos and raising him to hopefully not murder everyone, but people just keep getting in his way. Now he's got a new and totally awesome version of the Guardians of the Galaxy on his tail. Will that be enough for Frank to rethink this strategy? Of course not.

I'm a sucker for alternate reality and futuristic stories and Cosmic Ghost Rider #3 is a treasure trove of these. Artist Dylan Burnett fills this book with so many awesome designs and variations of popular characters. It's tough to pick a favorite, but the team that opens the book is way up there. I mean, it's got Howard the Duck as the Juggernaut and Rocket Racoon wearing a mech suit made out of Groot. I'm already loving this quirky series, but I want to see another one following this insane team.

Frank presents a problem to the Guardians' leader, Cable, but fortunately, Nathan Summers is a time traveler so he can figure this out after a few tries...right? After trying to stop Frank once, Cable goes back in time. Then this happens again and again. Each time he comes back with another new group of heroes and it's awesome.

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Cable changes with each return too. Every time he gets more and more gruff and gritty, but he's still sporting his signature metal arm and ridiculously large pouches and guns. What follows is an incredible display of over-the-top violence as Frank Castle, the Cosmic Ghost Rider himself, lays waste to just about everyone in the Marvel Universe. It's an impressive array of blood, guts, and fire.

Colorist Antonio Fabela brings these scenes alive with such frenetic energy. Every energy blast, gunshot, and whip of Frank's fiery chain explodes off the page. There's a lot of variety too. It's not like these things only happen in a single color.

As awesome as all this is, my favorite panel comes when a version of Iron Fist jumps on the scene to deliver a devastating blow. The attack nearly knocks Frank's block off. The part about this I love is that the swing hits with a huge BOOM and the fist actually goes through the two O's in the middle. This is such a great-looking effect.

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Making this even more fun is how Frank is trying to shield young Thanos from all this violence. The kid already has a murderous streak so he wants bloodshed. Frank doesn't want to murder all these people in front of the boy, but he's left with little choice. You can see how this complicates his goal of raising Thanos to be a good natured, normal person. Writer Donny Cates fills these sequences with some fun and hilarious dialogue.

These two make for a very unique pair. Letterer Clayton Cowles uses black word balloons with fiery red font for the Cosmic Ghost Rider and double-rimmed one for young Thanos. These stand out and give them a distinctive voice in the cavalcade of characters that come through this issue.

Cosmic Ghost Rider already established itself as one of my favorite comics of the year. This issue raises the bar even higher. It is such a fun, wacky ride that plays like a hilarious comedy. Frank set out to do something good that might make up for all the horrible things he's done in his life, but he might have made it a whole lot worse instead.

Grades:

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James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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