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"Ghost Rider #6" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Marvel Comics

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Written by Ed Brisson
Illustrated by Juan Frigeri
Colored by Jason Keith & Dono Sanchez-Almara
Lettered by Joe Caramagna
2020, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on March 11th, 2020

Review:

Johnny Blaze's actions have been a little erratic lately. Who would have known that ruling as King of Hell would have such an effect on a man's psyche? He broke Mephisto, the previous King of Hell, out of his prison to get some answers, but you know the Devil is also known as the Prince of Lies, right? All this is putting Johnny face-to-face with Dr. Strange, the man who imprisoned Mephisto and put Johnny on the throne in the first place. Meanwhile, Danny Ketch deals with Wolverine and the Punisher, as they're hot on Johnny's trail.

There's a lot going on in Ghost Rider #6. Although I'm not yet familiar with how Johnny became King of Hell, writer Ed Brisson gives us enough information in this issue to connect the dots and fully understand the situation. Johnny feels forgotten, sentenced to live out the rest of his days in the underworld while the Sorcerer Supreme is up here working as a surgeon again. If this is so important, why isn't Strange working to bust him out?

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That pain and anguish is on full display in this epic confrontation between Ghost Rider and Dr. Strange. Artist Juan Frigeri manages to show doubt and desperation on Johnny's face, which is little more than a flaming skull. There's one panel in particular that stands out here. It's a rare moment of clarity for Johnny as he lays out the despair he's feeling. This quickly turns to anger when Strange doesn't give in.

Another great example of the tension between these two characters comes when Strange asks Johnny to explain himself. The Ghost Rider is riding around with the Devil strapped to the back of his motorcycle so needless to say, Strange has some questions. Letterer Joe Caramagna delivers some chilling lines in a pointed fashion, contrasting well with the flames coming off of Johnny's face.

I absolutely love the design for King Johnny. The costume is sleek and deadly, which is a nice touch, but the real highlight is how the top of his skull has changed to a thorny crown. It's such a badass image. As time goes on, this gets darker and grimmer, showing how Johnny is embracing the hellfire within. The last page of this issue has a frightening shot of the character that is bursting with possibilities.

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Colorists Jason Keith and Dono Sanchez-Almara make the flames of Johnny's skull pop on the page among all the shadows. You understand that this is an unnatural fire, burning with pure rage and powered by Hell itself. This also changes a bit by the end of this issue, becoming darker and stronger.

I realize I spent this whole time talking about Johnny and there's a good amount of action going on with Danny. The former Ghost Rider is now wielding the Spirit of Corruption and it's having some adverse effects on him. It's like an addiction that he has to give into. It's constantly pulling at him to consume the corruption around him, even if that means stabbing a man through the chest. I love how this energy glows with an otherworldly green light.

Danny and Johnny's paths are connected and it will be interesting how they come together again. We're definitely building towards something big and I'm eager to see how it will all play out. This is a horror adventure story like no other.

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Overall: 5 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
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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