Four Colour Thoughts – Avengers #22

The Creators – Jason Aaron – Writer, Stefano Caselli – Artist, Jason Keith – Colours, Cory Petit – Letters

The Players – Ghost Rider (Robbie Reyes), Ghost Rider (Johnny Blaze), Captain America, Black Panther, Blade, Thor, Iron Man, Captain Marvel, Daimon Hellstrom, She-Hulk, Okoye

The Story – Robbie Reyes is tired of being controlled by the demon within him while Iron Man, Thor and Okoye make a strange discovery in Turkey.

The Take – An exciting new chapter begins in the first part of a new story called Challenge of the Ghost Riders and it puts Robbie Reyes front and centre as he wants to be rid of his Spirit of Vengeance. It has come to the point where he is losing control and better to be free of it than possibly harming the ones he loves. To that effect, Jason Aaron and Stefano Caselli bring the Avengers together to help their fellow member out and while all of them have an idea on how to get the job done, it is the Black Panther who realises that bringing in a little talent to help out might be the best thing to accomplish such a task. Enter Daimon Hellstrom with a new look that is slightly terrifying and perfectly suited for the Son of Satan, not to mention an attitude that brooks no fools. While the book has been playing with the mystical side of the Marvel Universe for a little while now, Aaron continues to delve a little further and it continues to be a fun ride, especially considering the end of the book which brings in Johnny Blaze, the current King of Hell. Suffice it to say, while that is a very cool moment with some absolutely gorgeous artwork from Caselli, Aaron also manages to work in a little bit of the aftermath from his recent War of the Realms that finds a few of the Avengers in Turkey. It is there that Okoye has made a discovery that pertains to Iron Man and thus beginning a new mystery while also tying into Aaron’s Avengers of 1000000 B.C. So not only is there a bit of action, a little family drama and comedy from the current line-up and a some horror from the Ghost Riders and Daimon Hellstrom, but the book remains highly entertaining with Aaron continuing to bring in all the corners of the Marvel U and Caselli providing some stellar pencils.

Worth it? – Yes

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