"Cosmic Ghost Rider #5" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Marvel Comics
Written by Donny Cates
Illustrated by Dylan Burnett
Colored by Antonio Fabela
Lettered by Clayton Cowles
2018, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on November 14th, 2018
Frank Castle has had one helluva journey. He's fought criminals, been a herald of Galactus, died and come back to life as the Ghost Rider, and served as the right hand of Thanos. In an effort to repent, he went back in time and kidnapped Thanos as a child. He couldn't kill the tike and decided to raise him right. Now, thanks to time travel, he's staring at an adult Thanos in the Punisher get-up and he's realized he's failed miserably.
This has been an incredible ride so far, so how does Cosmic Ghost Rider wrap up? The short answer is spectacularly. Faced with his abject failure, Frank leaps into action, fighting Thanos tooth and nail for what might be the last time. He gives it everything he's got because this monster of a man represents every good thing that he's ever tried to do and screwed up. Imagine the personification of every mistake you've ever made and how hard you'd want to punch it in the face.
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This fight is nothing short of incredible. Artist Dylan Burnett and colorist Antonio Fabela deliver a one-two punch of awesome in Cosmic Ghost Rider #5. This battle can barely be contained within the pages of this book because of how powerful these two entities are. The attacks Frank throws out burn with the intensity of a thousand suns. As a quick reminder, we're talking the Power Cosmic mixed with the Spirit of Vengeance all packed into one badass human being with an ax to grind.
Everything builds to an impressive final showdown that could never be done in any other medium. This is what comics are for. This is where you can tell a story with such amazing visuals that can literally melt a face off. (Slight spoiler there, but we're dealing with a guy that has fire for a head at times, so you probably figured that might happen.)
Amplifying this are Clayton Cowles' letters. I keep looking at them and I can't tell for sure, but I think the color of Cosmic Ghost Rider's speech changes with the more he puts into his attacks. This could be the overall change in the hue of the panel, but either way, there's a great delivery here with the dark balloons and bright font.
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All of this is just part of this final issue. Yes, it's a very important part, but the heavier side is still to come. Frank has to come to grips with his actions and how he can't really change fate. It's a sobering scene as he faces his own destiny and how he might repent for his past misdeeds. Since we've seen what Frank has been through first hand and how it all turned sour, this is such a powerful scene.
I'm so sad that this mini-series has come to an end. I could read this forever. Writer Donny Cates has done wonders with this character, so I'm glad to see that he's sticking around in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy relaunch. For now, this is a solid read that melds all these corners of the Marvel Universe into one awesome being. If you would have told me that a book called Cosmic Ghost Rider would have me screaming from eye-popping action one moment and nearly in tears the next, I wouldn't have believed you. This comic delivers on so many levels and it is an absolute must read.