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Ghost Rider #27

Posted: Tuesday, September 16, 2008
By: Paul Brian McCoy

Jason Aaron
Tan Eng Huat, Jose Villarrubia (colors)
Marvel Comics
Editor's Note: Ghost Rider #27 arrives in stores tomorrow, September 17.

"The Former Things, Part Two: Requiem for a Caretaker"

What's that? You don't read Ghost Rider? Yeah, me neither. GR was always kind of a cool design without much of a character to really make him interesting to me. And that damn movie didn't help things at all, did it? Nyeah, why would I want to pick up this lame-o book about this lame-o character?

Two words. Jason. Aaron.

If you've read Scalped, you already know that Aaron is responsible for one of the top two or three best crime comics being published today. No joke. Go pick it up and see for yourself. Every issue is gold.

He's also writing one of the best Secret Invasion tie-ins over in Black Panther. It's like Braveheart with aliens and even more violent hand-to-hand combat, with a little Hong Kong action thrown in for good measure.

But this is his Marvel Baby.

Since he's taken over Ghost Rider, this has become the Marvel book to watch. Hell, this has become the book to sell blood in order to get the extra scratch to buy. He recently mentioned on Twitter that this is the most fun he's ever had as a writer, and it shows.

And if you don't know what Twitter is, Google it.

If you don't know what Googling it means, then there's no hope for you.

This issue is part two of the return of Danny Ketch, who apparently was a Ghost Rider during the 90s when I couldn't give a crap about this title. We've seen the return of classic Ghost Rider villains and his old ally, Caretaker.

Aaron adds a new character to the GR Tapestry with the arrival of Sister Sara, the kung-fu nun and only living relative of Caretaker. Can you guess what that means? Yup. New Caretaker. And if you needed a spoiler alert for that, then you must have been dropped on your head as a child.

What's that? You need more reasons to pick up this book? How about three more words?

Tan Eng Huat.

And no jokes about coughing up hairballs. Huat is the real deal. He's been experimenting for a while now with his coloring partner, Jose Villarrubia, on a pencils-only style that has finally come together with his work on this book. The action sequences are brutal, the transformations from Johnny Blaze into Ghost Rider are creepy and extra-stylized, and the expressiveness of the characters, while a little exaggerated, is perfect for the over-the-top storytelling that Jason Aaron is putting on the page here.

So there it is. Again. How many times do I have to tell you people? This is an excellent, exciting, action-packed comic every month. There's an epic story going on here involving a war in Heaven and the secret behind the origins of the Ghost Rider. It's freaking crazy, is what it is. People should be reading this. You should be reading this. Go read this.

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