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Review – Cosmic Ghost Rider Destroys Marvel History #1 (Marvel Comics)

Cosmic Ghost Rider Destroys Marvel History #1 (Marvel Comics) variant cover (detail) by Ron Lim
Cosmic Ghost Rider Destroys Marvel History #1
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6.5/10
  • Writing - 5/10
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  • Art - 8/10
    8/10
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Summary

Writer: Paul Scheer & Nick Giovannetti 
Pencils: Gerardo Sandoval 
Inks: Victor Nava
Colorist: Antonio Fabela 
Letterer: VC’s Travis Lanham
Maturity Rating: Teen +
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: March 6, 2019

Cosmic Ghost Rider decides to change Marvel Comics history… you know… because that won’t cause any problems!

 

Things Are Changing in Cosmic Ghost Rider Destroys Marvel History #1

In the vein of Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe and other wacky titles, Marvel presents Cosmic Ghost Rider Destroys Marvel History #1. Future Frank Castle took on the role of Ghost Rider after Thanos killed him and all of Earth. He went more insane, then teamed up with Galactus, becoming a Herald to get his revenge. That didn’t go so well, so he teamed with Thanos. After that, Frank wasn’t too happy with himself, so he went back in time to kill baby Thanos. That didn’t turn out well either. So now Frank Castle, the Cosmic Ghost Rider, is stuck in time. He is here for the start of the Marvel Universe and he is going to make some changes!

Writing

COSMIC GHOST RIDER DESTROYS MARVEL HISTORY #1
Cosmic Ghost Rider Destroys Marvel History #1 (Marvel Comics) main cover by Gerardo Zaffino

Cosmic Ghost Rider has been a hit since appearing in Donny Cates’ Thanos run and now he is popping up everywhere, from his own miniseries to the new Guardians of the Galaxy series. What makes Cosmic Ghost Rider Destroys Marvel History #1 interesting is this is the first time his creator, Donny Cates, will not be writing him. Writers Paul Scheer and Nick Giovannetti take over those duties. The Cosmic Rider has a bit of a Deadpool personality. He doesn’t break the fourth wall and is not quite as “wacky”, but he has that persona about him. For the most part, the writers catch that aspect. He is crazy and does absurd stuff but there is still a little bit of heart left in this version of Frank Castle, and it shows in this issue.

The writing is not bad, but my gosh is there a lot crammed into this book, and not in a good way. Every page and panel is filled with dialogue as Frank navigates us on how he has changed the Marvel Universe. Like, I literally had to take a break while reading this issue. At a point, I just had enough and just put in down for a little while before coming back to it. 

Don’t get me wrong, Cosmic Ghost Rider Destroys Marvel History #1 has its very comedic moments and seeing classic Marvel storylines “re-written” is a lot of fun, but I don’t need the Rider’s commentary on every single panel. It becomes a little bit much when every page is just chock-full of random stuff; there is no room for the issue to “breathe” a little.

Art

The art is pretty solid throughout Cosmic Ghost Rider Destroys Marvel History #1. As the story deals with an array of classic events throughout Marvel Comics, penciler Gerardo Sandoval gets to draw a variety of characters. He has a good angular style that fits well for the more lighthearted nature of the series. I would like to see some more expressive faces and body language from Sandoval; it would help sell the comedic elements a lot more. 

Victor Nava does some good inking as well. He adds a very tight and detailed visual to the series. Antonio Fabela, as always, does some tremendous coloring work; he has a lot of experience with the Cosmic Ghost Rider and always knocks it out of the park

The one hangup on art is that it shifts between Frank telling certain people about what he has done and then the actual flashback scenes. The flashback scenes look a lot better, in my opinion. They have a nice, almost “grainy” texture to them. The inks are a little looser and the colors a little flatter; that looks great. The other scenes just feel a little off compared to those. They are very bright and just overall a lot “cleaner” and tighter.

Conclusion

Cosmic Ghost Rider Destroys Marvel History #1 wasn’t bad but it wasn’t great either. The story had some amusing parts, but it was just so congested with stuff it ends up feeling overwhelming while you are reading it. The pace of the issue just felt off as it was crammed with so much in one issue. It was just not paced well for all of it. The art is pretty great; I enjoyed the “flashback” scenes that take up most of the issue. It was fun to see Marvel History through a different lens, but I am not sure if I overly enjoyed my experience.


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Brent Jackson

Brent is happily married and an avid comic book consumer who loves nothing more than the smell of comics in the morning and diving through a long box of back issues. By day he is a nutritionist and has also been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over 10 years. He is probably not the coolest person you have ever met. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @brentjackson30

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