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Ghost Riders: Heaven's On Fire #6 (of 6)

Posted: Tuesday, February 2, 2010
By: Paul Brian McCoy

Jason Aaron
Roland Boschi
Marvel Comics
Editor's Note: Ghost Riders: Heaven's On Fire #6 arrives in stores tomorrow, February 3.

"If You Can't Lower Heaven, Raise Hell"

The Boys are back. I've been a little back and forth with this miniseries, probably as much because I didn't want Ghost Rider to end as because it's been trying to do a little too much all at once. Well, this issue continues to be extremely busy as Aaron and Boschi bring it all home, once and for all.

For those just joining us, Johnny and Danny have entered Heaven and when the last issue ended, they were about to take the fight directly to Zadkiel, the renegade angel who's conquered Heaven and plans on taking God's place on the throne. Meanwhile, back on Earth, Daimon Hellstrom and Jane Cutter face off with a horde of demons, Caretaker confronts The Deacon, and the Anti-Christ was making a play for Heaven, himself.

Needless to say, there's a lot going on as all these threads reach their conclusion, but thankfully, it works really well. The energy and imagination that marked Aaron's debut on this title is back in full force as he says his goodbyes. And the best part of all is that he's left the characters in a great position to be picked up by whomever lands the job next time around.

I don't want to give too much away, but just let me say that the climactic battle between the Ghost Riders and Zadkiel made me extremely happy, and the multi-page spreads of gloriously violent combat (as well as the surprise return of some of my favorite characters introduced during Aaron's run) felt like this book was being written just for me.

I'm telling you. If the nitwits in Hollywood had half a brain between them, they'd be looking at Aaron's Ghost Rider run for inspiration. There's never been a Ghost Rider story as entertaining and just freaking fun as this. I mean, come on. Legion got a green light and a moderate budget, and it was nothing but cliches and empty bullshit.

Jason Aaron's Ghost Rider could be epic onscreen.

But back to the comic.

Roland Boschi's scratchy, meaty Ghost Riders are a joy. I wasn't sure about the characterization back when he first debuted the look, but it quickly grew on me, and it has quickly become my second favorite GR visual interpretation of all (with Tony Moore's edging him out for first). His Son of Satan, on the other hand, has never really clicked with me. But the action is iconic and energetic, so little quibbles aside, this is a very nice looking book.

I can't wait to see where Boschi turns up next.

So there you have it. Two years' worth of Ghost Rider comes to a violent conclusion and if you ask me, it was a ride well worth the time and money. I'm sad to see it go. No buts about it. Go pick up the whole run in trade format (it's only three volumes, not counting the eventual collection of Heaven's on Fire) or start bugging Marvel for hardback collections or maybe an omnibus edition. Ooh yeah. That'd be sweet.

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