Riders And Riders And Riders In Avengers #24

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

Robbie Reyes, aka the Ghost Rider of the Avengers, has come face-to-face with every prior (dead) Ghost Rider to ever have ever lived. They all see what Johnny Blaze has become, and they want to help Robbie win the Challenge of the Ghost Rider. Robbie is going to need the help too; Johnny has rallied the forces of Hell to make sure he wins the Challenge. Meanwhile, the Cosmic Ghost Rider as arrived at Avengers Mountain and is proving more than a match for even the likes of Thor, She-Hulk, and Captain Marvel. It may down to Blade to stop the Cosmic Ghost Rider’s rampage.

Avengers #24 cover by Stefano Caselli and Frank Martin
Avengers #24 cover by Stefano Caselli and Frank Martin

Avengers #24 continues the “Challenge of the Ghost Riders” story, as Ghost Riders wreak havoc both in Hell and on Earth. 

I’m not particularly a fan of the Cosmic Ghost Rider, but it is still enjoyable watching him give Thor and She-Hulk a run for their money. In the same right, it’s also pretty damn fun watching Blade finally get the Cosmic Ghost Rider to simmer down.

That said, Robbie’s side of the story is far more compelling. It’s a self-actualizing moment for Robbie Reyes as he realizes where he stands in the grand history of the Ghost Rider. Plus, he realizes that being King of Hell may have corrupted Johnny Blaze more than he knew.

Avengers #24 art by Stefano Caselli, Luciano Vecchio, Jason Keith, and letterer VC's Cory Petit
Avengers #24 art by Stefano Caselli, Luciano Vecchio, Jason Keith, and letterer VC’s Cory Petit

Stefano Caselli and Luciano Vecchio are the artists on this venture. Their styles gel very well, and you hardly notice that you’re switching talents from scene to scene. Both artists are also great talents, making this book look damn good from start to finish. Jason Keith brings the colors throughout, and he gives the book a brilliant palette that takes advantage of the hellish and cosmic powers within.

Avengers #24 is another exciting and highly compelling issue for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Most of the team tangles with the Cosmic Ghost Rider while Robbie Reyes continues the Challenge of the Ghost Rider. It’s fun, intriguing, and looks fantastic. This one earns another recommendation. Feel free to give it a read.

Avengers #24 comes to us from writer Jason Aaron, artists Stefano Caselli ad Luciano Vecchio, color artist Jason Keith, letterer VC’s Cory Petit, cover artist Stefano Caselli with Frank Martin, and variant cover artist Greg Land with Jay Leisten and Frank D’Armata.

Final Score: 8.5/10

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