Cosmic Ghost Rider #3
Written by Donny Cates
Art by Dylan Burnett
Colors by Antonio Fabela
Letters by Clayton Cowles
Take every notion you may have about what is too far or too insane and chuck them through the nearest wormhole, because this issue is bizarre and insane from start to finish. Frank Castle is on the run from the Guardians of the Galaxy with the infant Thanos strapped to his chest in a baby bjorn made out of chains. Cable has decided to bring in a new team of Guardians to take out Thanos once and for all and he is not going to let Frank stand in his way. Frank, to his credit, is trying to set a better example for the bloodthirsty infant by not immediately murdering everyone trying to take him down, especially the ridiculousness of Juggerduck and Iron Groot.
Unfortunately for Cable, Frank’s old buddy Galactus has other plans and this starts a chain reaction of insanity that has Cable calling for an army of Marvel heroes from across time and space to try and take out Cosmic Ghost Rider and Thanos. After literally tossing baby Thanos to Uatu, Frank proceeds to slaughter everyone around him in the ultimate “do as I say, not as I do” lesson for the kid. Just when he finally gets Cable and company on the ropes, someone new appears that ramps up the insanity to eleven.
Cates is going all out with this story and that’s what makes it work so well. We’ve had our big emotional Thanos story and this is all the crazy of that turned way up and the rule book thrown out the window. Everything about it feels fresh and new and the fact that Cates is willing to do new and weird things with the narrative makes the unpredictability of this story its greatest asset. I love not knowing where this is going because I am thoroughly enjoying the ride.
Burnett adds another dimension to the story with some truly great art that adds to the frenetic pace of the narrative and complements the insanity with great facial expressions and really funny visual gags that help set and alter the mood of scenes in progress. Great panels and composition.