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Ghost Rider: Danny Ketch #5 (of 5)

Posted: Tuesday, February 24, 2009
By: Paul Brian McCoy

Simon Spurrier
Javier Saltares (p), Tom Palmer (i)
Marvel Comics
Editor's Note: Ghost Rider: Danny Ketch #5 arrives in stores tomorrow, February 25.

"Addict, Part 5: Chase The Dragon"

Well, it's over.

Am I the only one still reading this?

Hello?

I suppose, for posterity, I should go ahead and write this up. That bullet score is a little misleading, I think. This issue isn't really that good, but there are elements of it that are really quite interesting. In a good way.

Unfortunately, they're elements that don't get any development or exploration. They're just interesting seeds of ideas planted in the manure of this comic that I hope will sprout in Jason Aaron's final year of Ghost Rider.

Since this is an advance review, I'll not spoil them, but they involve the identity of Mister Eleven, a secret ability he has, and the final fate of Mary. All three of these points are better ideas than anything in the rest of this series.

But now it's over.

As you can probably guess (especially if you've been reading Ghost Rider), Danny ends up serving Zadkiel in the end. Since that's not a surprise, I don't mind spoiling that. And if you read the previous issue, you probably know how it happens. Remember? Danny's fighting a giant German rat-man whose absorbed the powers of a plethora of dead Ghost Riders?

I don't even care enough to look up the giant German rat-man's name again. Of all the aspects and characters from the Danny Ketch era, the German rat-man is the one we get?

Sigh.

The art is competent, as I've said before. And if you have a fondness for the 90s Ghost Rider comics, you'll probably be more into it than I am. The best part of the art this issue is that Danny stays in his Ghost Rider form for most of the book, and Saltares does draw a good GR. I'm not sure if Palmer was the right choice for inker, though. Maybe Saltares could have used someone a little wilder with his inks. Maybe more brushwork, to give it more of a Sienkiewicz kind of feel.

Yeah, that would have been nice. Something to make it more distinctive, to distract from the story.

But the story is what it is. It really doesn't feel like Spurrier's heart was in it.

So there it is. How Danny Ketch became a tool of Zadkiel. No surprises except for the final issue reveal of Mister Eleven's true nature and what happens to Mary. And even those aren't really a part of this series. They're just Spurrier getting some pieces into play for somewhere down the line.







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