Writer & Art by Felipe Smith / Marvel
Well, it’s been a fun ride for the duration, but all good runs must come to an end. Or in some cases, they just run out of gas in the final lap. Whatever the case my be, the time is nearing for us to bid farewell to All-New Ghost Rider. But Marvel has ensured he’s not going away without us seeing something special for the big finish.
In this issue, Robbie is doing his best to keep his head above water in the wake of Johnny Blaze’s warning to control his rage and not be taken over by the Unholy Ghost, Eli Morrow. But it’s not easy battling your demons when they battle back. Morrow wants out and is on a mission to troll the living shit out of Robbie until he unleashes the beast onto the city. Felipe Smith manages this supernatural tug-o-war with a trite sort of sincerity that doesn’t apologize and makes you want to root for Robbie and his little brother.
The twist takes the story for sort of an odd Twilight Zone kind of turn that you find yourself not quite ready for, but it will definitely have you wanting to come back for the finale. The big treat with this one is that Smith decided to dust off his penciling skills and do the artwork himself. He remains true to Tradd Moore’s overall anime-esque aesthetic but still dials down the facial expressions during moments of exposition. He did a great job, but it would be great if we could see Moore himself return for the big finish.
Bottom Line: Great issue for Felipe Smith to have done all of the legwork, but storywise, it’s going to be interesting to see how he cleans up all the plot points in the final issue. 8 out of 10