Ghost Rider #4 Review

Written by: Ben Percy
Art by: Cory Smith, Oren Junior
Colors by: Bryan Valenza
Letters by: VC’s Travis Lanham
Cover art by: Kael Ngu
Cover price: $3.99
Release date: July 6, 2022

Ghost Rider #4 puts the Rider on the trail of a circus whose playful call brings innocent townsfolk to a Big Top built for blood and sacrifice.

Was It Good?

After the chaotic mess that was issue #3, Ghost Rider #4 returns to form with a simple yet effective horror story about a traveling circus led by Ringmaster and his Circus of Crime cronies under demonic influences. With each town the circus visits, the townspeople are consumed in horrifically violent ways as sacrifices to appease the demons within. Is this an earth-shattering development in Ghost Rider’s history? No, but it’s a better-than-average horror story with a little connective tissue to tie the issue to a bigger threat looming on the horizon.

Percy reverts the title to a monster-of-the-month model, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. We get to see Ghost Rider lean into the most horror-centric title in Marvel’s current roster, and the threat here is genuinely dangerous to civilians. The downside to Percy’s take is the lack of genuine threat directly to Ghost Rider. The villain is dispatched much too easily, leaving you with the feeling that you’re waiting for something bigger to come along while ghost Rider kills time (*ahem*) with a trivial monster. Again, the monster-of-the-month model is fine for what it is, but it lacks challenge or importance to the titular character other than scratching off a threat on a list like an exterminator catching his next rat.

Meanwhile, Warroad and Whilner continue their hunt for Ghost Rider. This issue finally brings them into contact with one of the dark magicians, Zebediah. The sequence hints at the bigger threat the series is lacking and adds a little bit of black humor to the issue. Again, there’s nothing earth-shattering about Zebediah’s appearance, but it helps to remind readers that bigger things are happening.

Smith, Junior, Valenza, and Lanham produce excellent art in this issue to bring the horrific elements to life. The panel compositions and layout are outstanding, the character designs are creepy/gross, and the coloring is phenomenal.


About The Reviewer: Gabriel Hernandez is the Publisher & EIC of ComicalOpinions.com, a comics review site dedicated to indie, small, and mid-sized publishers.

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Bits and Pieces

Ghost Rider #4 is a welcome return to form with a horrific monster-of-the-month mission for the Spirit of Vengeance. The plot is basic, perhaps a little too basic, but it gets the job done, and the side story with the FBI agents keeps the tie to a larger threat down the road. The art team is putting out excellent work, so this will be a pleasing pick for horror and Ghost Rider fans alike.

8.5/10

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