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Ghost Rider (2006 Series) #10

April 9, 2007

Quick Rating: Very Good
Title: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Illinois Part 3
Rating: T+

Ghost Rider gets some help in his battle with Lucifer.

Writer: Daniel Way
Breakdowns: Javier Saltares
Finishes: Mark Texeira
Colors: Dan Brown
Letters: Joe Caramagna
Editor: Michael O’Connor
Cover Art: Arthur Suydam
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Ghost Rider, exhausted from his battle with the Lucifer-possessed Jack O’Lantern, finds himself taken in by local authorities of Sleepy Hollow, Illinois. Lucifer retreats to the town cemetery to amass his army, but Johnny Blaze finds that he may not be alone in his battle with the lord of demons.

This issue actually feels a little padded to me. Ghost Rider gets his ally, Lucifer builds his armor, the reader gets a little back story on Jack O’Lantern, the big fight is set up for next issue. Really, everything could have been accomplished in half as many pages. But the story we get is really quite good. Way plays around with some of the expectations of this series. We’ve seen Johnny get arrested so many times in this series that when it doesn’t play out exactly the same way as all the other times, it’s a real shock. The story works simply because it defies some of the conventions Way has established over the first year of the title. Story-wise, the biggest problem is that I simply can’t keep track anymore of how or when Johnny switches back and forth to Ghost Rider, so the transformation this issue seems a bit convenient.

Saltares and Texeira continue their fine job on the artwork, and the book is wrapped in a cover by Zombie-meister Arthur Suydam. He’s done several covers for this book lately, and while they’re all good, I do wish that some of them had a little more to do with the story. Ghost Rider battling skeletons with guns? Okay…

This issue, again, is slapped with a superfluous and somewhat misleading “Casualties of War” label, but as long as you’re reading it because you enjoy Ghost Rider and not because you’re expecting Civil War fallout, you’ll be perfectly satisfied.

Rating: 8/10

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