Cosmic Ghost Rider Destroys Marvel History #3
It's the X-Men's turn for some history destruction as "Uncle Fredo" sits down with his daughter in this latest issue.
Frank uses his failed puberty talk with Lisa to instead expound on the puberty metaphor (among many, many other metaphors) for mutants in the X-Men cannon. As Frank regales her with classic stories such as the Phoenix Saga, Days of Future Past, and the Morrison-era, Frank begins to see the emergent anger in Lisa that results from his own personal failures as a father. All of Frank's good intentions go awry, however, when the present-day Frank Castle returns home to find his "Uncle" in his house with his family!
The shtick of this series is wearing thin on me. The humor is hit and miss (maybe one in five jokes actually lands) and the voice and tone of actual Cosmic Ghost Rider is just not for me. The selections of events to check back on has been pretty interesting but overall, I’m only here for the interactions outside of the stories between Frank and the family he failed, which has been a really satisfying and interesting take on the character.
The shift in artists this issue complicated that matter for me, however, as I thought Stockman did a great job of putting his own spin on classic panels but I thought the art in the out-of-story segments became too cartoony give the philosophical nature of the content. You win some, you lose some.
Cosmic Ghost Rider Destroys Marvel History #3 continues to deliver more of the same. If you enjoyed the first two issues, you'll likely still be on board with this one. If you merely tolerated the first two, then you're probably nearing your breaking point by now.
Cosmic Ghost Rider Destroys Marvel History #3: X-Tra Powers!
Writing - 5/105/10
Storyline - 4/104/10
Art - 6/106/10
Color - 7/107/10
Cover Art - 7/107/10
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