Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: Stefano Caselli, Jason Keith with Erick Arciniega. and VC’s Cory Petit
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 23, 2019
I had fallen a bit behind on the Avengers and that really had nothing to do with the book itself, but all the other things going on at Marvel. Yea, maybe it had a tiny bit to do with a little War of the Realms burnout too, even though this book shouldn’t have taken the brunt of that, but I am a man with strange ideas and emotions I struggle to keep in check. Enough about me, let’s get on with the review…
The issue opens with Robbie being told once again that he is the worst Ghost Rider ever, but this time, Robbie takes the insult, wears it proudly and owns it when he tells Eli that he doesn’t want to be a Ghost Rider…he’s an Avenger and he’s damn proud of it! That’s when the cavalry arrives and it’s racing time!
We then go off to Johnny giving himself a pep talk, trying to convince himself he isn’t an awful piece of crap and while he wasn’t doing a great job convincing me, he might have gotten closer if Thor and Blade didn’t show up.
Of course, there is going to be a fight and I did like the mangled up bike as hammer weapon that Johnny uses against Thor. When in Hell, I always say! (I have never said that in my entire life!) All this is good for one very important thing…Robbie is in the lead with a little help from his friends.
After seeing the number Cosmic Ghost Rider did on Eli’s Celestial, Johnny heads off to finish it all himself, but Robbie gets “fired up” and teaches Johnny a lesson. It kind of goes on deaf ears (does he have ears?) as Robbie abdicates the throne and Johnny talks a little trash and then leaves the scene. Later, Thor actually finds the no longer cursed Hellcharger and Robbie shows he’s found a new sense of worth and it’s all thanks to family. The issue ends with Cosmic Ghost Rider saying what a lot of Marvel fans have been thinking lately and Tony Stark taking a trip back in time…finally.
This was a good issue that finally makes it feel like Robbie Reyes belongs on the Avengers. I have been worried numerous times that he was not long for the team or even the world, but it looks like I can relax, at least for a little bit. The cliffhanger brings in one of the many loose threads and while I would love an overall and tighter team focus for this book, I will wait to bitch and moan about that since we got it in this issue.
Stefano Caselli kicks ass in the art department. Actually, the whole team does as it all pops off the screen (I read digitally) and while there aren’t a lot of detailed backgrounds, it’s because Caselli keeps all the action upfront and center and it pays off in a quick-moving issue.
Jason Aaron lets Robbie Reyes have his moment to shine…with a big assist from his friends. Everything looks great thanks to Stefano Caselli and the entire art team and if you are a Robbie Reyes fan, you might even get some feels by the end as well. It looks like it’s off to Caveman Stark next issue so enjoy this while you can. I know I did.