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The long hard road out of Hell
Reviewed in the United States on March 6, 2007
Anyone familiar with the tumultuous history of Ghost Rider in comics knows that the character has never been handled particularly well. With the release of the movie starring Nicolas Cage (who I feel is quite miscast; for me, Kurt Russel would have been the best choice to be Johnny Blaze, but I disgress), Marvel is naturally blitzing everything Ghost Rider that they can, beginning with this mini-series released before the current series by Daniel Way. Written by legendary Preacher creator and current Punisher writer Garth Ennis, Ghost Rider: Road to Damnation finds Johnny Blaze trapped in Hell with no chance of escaping. Until he is made an offer by a mysterious angel to return an evil entity called Kazan back to where he came from, and in return, he can be free. So, off he goes, but not before running into a murderous archangel named Ruth, and a demonic, [...] cowboy named Hoss. If you're an Ennis fan, you'll be happy to find his trademark dark humor throughout this TPB, as well as his stabs at religion and violent absurdity. You'll also find Ennis making many stabs at the character of Blaze himself; fully showing off just how gullible he is. The best part of Road to Damnation is undoubtadly the stunning artwork of Clayton Crain; whose bloody CGI-esque renderings are simply mouth watering. Not to mention that for a book not under Marvel's mature themed MAX line (or even the Marvel Knights line), Road to Damnation features a boat load of gore and mature content that came as a surprise to me. If there's any downsides to the TPB, it's that it ends too quickly, and some of the dialogue is far from the best to come from Ennis. That aside, Road to Damnation is probably one of the best takes on Ghost Rider in recent memory, and whether you're a fan of the character or Ennis, you should give this a look.