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"Ghost Rider #7" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Marvel Comics

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Written by Ed Brisson
Illustrated by Aaron Kuder
Colored by Jason Keith
Lettered by Joe Caramagna
2020, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on July 8th, 2020

Review:

Johnny Blaze has been corrupted by the forces of Hell, driven mad and ready to take out his rage on heroes of the Marvel Universe, whom he blames for his position full of hellfire and brimstone. While this battle continues, the real threat looms in the shadows.

Ghost Rider #7 provides a fascinating character study into Johnny Blaze and where his head is. I'm reminded of that saying from the Christopher Nolan Batman movies about living long enough to see yourself become the villain. Writer Ed Brisson puts that idea on full display here as Blaze goes all out against Doctor Strange and Danny Ketch (now possessed by the Spirit of Corruption) as Mephisto stands by his side. Think about that for a second. The Ghost Rider is standing next to the devil. Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

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The thing about this is that Blaze isn't wrong exactly. He was put into this position because of Doctor Strange and despite the Sorcerer Supreme's good intentions, the guy was still left in Hell. This twisted and distorted the Ghost Rider into this unholy visage that now stands before us. Artist Aaron Kuder turns Blaze into a horrifying monster. His flaming skull is adorned with savage horns. His body is a hulking temple of muscle as chains swirl around him. It's what you would imagine from the most badass metal album covers.

Colorist Jason Keith makes this battle come alive in an explosive fashion. The fire of Blaze's Ghost Rider persona comes from Hell itself. This is a raging inferno captured in a single man. This contrasts with the eerie green glow of Ketch's powers. The whole issue takes place in the dark shadows of the night, painting a dreary landscape for this demonic showdown.

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Letterer Joe Caramagna uses a variety of styles for some of the characters involved, adding to the unique and supernatural quality of each of them. You get a sense of what kind of monsters we're dealing with between the Ghost Rider, the Spirit of Corruption, and the various demons rampaging through the area.

While it's great to have Strange along for the ride, Wolverine is in the mix too, but doesn’t add a whole lot to the experience. They're good for a few fun moments, including a great scene where Mephisto talks to Frank Castle about becoming a Ghost Rider.

Ghost Rider #7 serves as a nice closure for this chapter in Johnny Blaze's life while opening the door to a slew of possibilities. If this is how this new series is getting started, I can't imagine what else is in store for us. This is dark, frightening horror at the core of the Marvel Universe and it's pretty awesome.

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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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