The dramatic conclusion to the series everyone is talking about! Featuring Punisher! Thanos! Punisher! AND Thanos! Plus a few more surprises, some terrible deaths…and maybe a little redemption? Sounds unlikely given who we’re talking about.
ComicBook.comCosmic Ghost Rider ends in just about the same way it started: a surprisingly thoughtful, yet completely insane intergalactic adventure. This final issue deals with Frank's biggest fears realized as he stands toe-to-toe against his son/Thanos/Punisher. It's certainly a wild story, but it also reminds us that destiny, no matter how hard we fight it, is sometimes out of our control. This is a book that knows what it is 100% of the time, but still finds a way to provoke the deepest of thought when you least expect it. Wonderful finale for Cates and company.
Horror DNAI'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.
Sequential PlanetCosmic Ghost Rider could be the best miniseries this year. The weakest issue was #1, so if you can get to #2, you’ll be roped in immediately. As always, I wish it didn’t have to be a mini, but the time spent was memorable and had some of the best comedic lines of any Marvel book. Cates didn’t give us any twist in the finale, but he did give it some heart, so I commend him on that. Frank Castle as Cosmic Ghost Raider is ridiculous, but it works thanks to Cates’ writing. Don’t miss this series.
The Super Powered FancastThere is so much rich detail and well done dialogue in this issue that to say anything else about the plot would spoil some incredibly funny and amazing moments that should be experienced. To that end, Donny Cates does a great job with this issue and with the evolution and development of these characters. His Frank is nuanced and self-reflective in a way that doesn’t make him in any way less dangerous and volatile. It gives a greater sense of purpose to what Frank does because we get a glimpse into his mind through the internal dialogue Cates adds to the story. As fun an exciting as the story is, the visuals by Dylan Burnett add and enhance every page with both the kinetic style of the action and the detailed and fun facial expressions. It’s going to be interesting to see where Frank goes from here and this issue lays the groundwork for some fun and intriguing journeys to come.
EpicstreamThis is the final issue of Cosmic Ghost Rider which concludes the series. Thanos and Frank face-off in a rather short-lived battle to decide the fate of their timeline. Afterward, the fate of baby Thanos is revealed. The issue didn't offer any surprises and was a bit light on content. It wrapped up the series well and didn't leave any loose ends. Antonio Fabela's coloring in Cosmic Ghost Rider is my favorite in all of comicdom right now and I hope to see more of his work at Marvel.