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Ghost Rider: Danny Ketch #3

Posted: Tuesday, December 23, 2008
By: Paul Brian McCoy

Simon Spurrier
Javier Saltares (p), Tom Palmer (i)
Marvel Comics
Editor's Note: Ghost Rider: Danny Ketch #3 arrives in stores tomorrow, December 24.

"Ghost Rider: Addict, part three: Pest Control"

Finally, this series seems to have gotten its bearings and is beginning to pay some dividends. They're not great dividends, unless you love cheesy nineties-style Rat People, but at least these guys are apparently from Ghost Rider lore and not just a lame idea on Spurrier's part.

Of course, he is the one responsible for bringing them back, so...

Anyway, most of this issue is exposition, which normally would rub me the wrong way, but it's interesting exposition as Spurrier has been given the reins and allowed to establish the new Ghost Rider Mythos that Jason Aaron is using so effectively over in the main series.

However, as we are introduced to glimpses of Ghost Riders from around the world, the effect is a little disappointing since we already know that they're all dead. Well, almost all of them. Two more show up next issue in Aaron's series, to join Blaze and the two other survivors. So all of the cool designs that we get in the big splash-page montages in Danny Ketch lose some points for the simple fact that we're never going to see them in action.

Because next issue is all about fighting Rat People.


Oh and the cool multi-armed Ghost Rider on the back of a flaming elephant that debuted last issue? Don't get attached. In fact, just forget she existed, since all she rates in the story is a murder in the background and then a cut-away instead of seeing the actual body. It's weak and bugged me.

Saltares's art is functional at best, but his Ghost Rider designs are really nice. I wish they'd get more utilization, but oh well. He also draws a mean barbarian Rat Man, for what that's worth. Next issue should be really exciting. No really. Ghost Rider's going to kill a bunch of big rats. Hooray.

Meanwhile, everything interesting and cool happens in backgrounds or off-panel, or is talked about instead of being engaged in the actual narrative. But it is interesting and cool stuff. So I have to give it that much, anyway.

Is this the book I was hoping it would be? Not even close. It's a disappointment on nearly every level, but at least it's getting a little better. It's not bad enough to make me want to drop it. It's just bad enough to make me regret that it doesn't live up its potential. Three bullets is a stretch, but appropriate. Barely.

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