“A FREAKING FLAMING MASTODON” (The Avengers #7 Comic Review)

The Avengers #7 Comic Review

Writers: Jason Aaron & Sara Pichelli

Artist: Sara Pichelli with Elisabetta D’Amico

Colorist: Justin Ponsor

Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit

Cover: Geoff Shaw & Jason Keith

Variant Covers: Clayton Crain; Ema Lupacchino & Jason Keith; Eve Ventrue

Fire and Bone

 

What You Need to Know

After the craziness that was the battle between the Avengers and the Final Host, Jason Aaron flashes back once again to the time of the Prehistoric Avengers. Aaron this time focuses on the Prehistoric Ghost Rider. Like the people to take up the mantle after him, this Rider’s origin is built on tragedy and pain.

What Just Happened

The issue starts by introducing the person who would become the Ghost Rider as a young caveman. This young man feels isolated from his people because his intelligence is developing at a far more advanced state than his people. The child continues to feel ashamed until a stranger visits his tribe and becomes the pack leader. The pack leader befriends the child and they bond over their developing intelligence. The pack leader eventually reveals himself as a Wendigo and kills the whole pack outside of the child. The Wendigo then mocks the child by asking him to find him if he wants to know more about him. The Wendigo names the child “Ghost”.

Ghost ventures out into the wilderness and almost dies until a talking snake approaches him. The snake offers Ghost either death or a chance to get his vengeance. Ghost accepts the snake’s offer and reveals its true identity by saying its name: Mephisto. After saying Mephisto’s name, Ghost is shocked by his change into the Spirit of Vengeance.

Five years later, the Ghost Rider finally tacks the Wendigo while riding a flaming mastodon (!!!). The Ghost Rider battles the Wendigo and nearly succeeds in defeating him by using the bones of his victims to form a chain, and with help from his mastodon. The Wendigo escapes by throwing himself, and the Wendigo over a cliff. The Ghost Rider feels a sense of despair over his lost companion, when the Phoenix and Odin approach him in an attempt to recruit him in a bid to save the world.

My Thoughts

This was a nice change of pace from the zaniness of the first arc of this new volume of Avengers. The sight of a Ghost Rider RIDING A FREAKING MASTADON was always awesome for me to see and I am happy Jason Aaron is giving us this character’s origin. Of course with this character being a Ghost Rider, his origin is sad and depressing. I find it interesting that the first potential sign of superhuman ability in prehistoric times is intelligence. Ghost possesses this quality, as well as the Wendigo. Speaking of the Wendigo, he was vicious as the villain who started Ghost on his path to being the Spirit of Vengeance.

Sara Pichelli and Elizabeth D’Amico’s art was great in this issue. The artists’ character design of the Wendigo painted him as a brutal, efficient, and heartless killing machine. The appearance of Mephisto in this issue was very creative, even if his depiction as a snake is a little on the nose. The character design of the snake was great as well. While I’m still in awe of a FREAKING FLAMING MASTADON, the character design of the prehistoric Ghost Rider leaves a lot to be desired. He is a caveman though, so maybe I’m expecting too much. The Ghost Rider turning the Wendigo’s victim’s bones into a chain was awesome. With the Phoenix and Odin making their presence known at the end of the issue, I wonder when we will revisit these characters again.

 

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Marcus Freeman

Bay Area bred, LA livin Blerd. Avid fan of comics, video games, music, wrestling, the Lakers, and the 49ers. Constantly catching up on DVR’d TV shows. Spends a little too much money at movie theaters. Also passionate about serving my community and providing the youth with tools for success.
Summary
Jason Aaron takes a break from the present day Avengers, to revisit the Prehistoric Avengers. Aaron this time focuses on the Prehistoric Ghost Rider. Jason Aaron must have had as much fun writing this issue as I did reading it, especially with his history with the Ghost Rider character. The tragic rise of this Ghost Rider was an exciting and entertaining story, which is a testament to strong writing and art. We probably haven’t seen the last of these prehistoric heroes, and their actions in the past will probably continue to have effects on the present day Avengers.
Good
  • A FLAMING FREAKING MASTODON
  • Tragic origin of the Prehistoric Ghost Rider
  • Beautiful art
Bad
  • Mephisto as a snake is a little too on the nose
9.3
Amazing
Story - 9
Art - 9.5
Character Development - 9.5
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Bay Area bred, LA livin Blerd. Avid fan of comics, video games, music, wrestling, the Lakers, and the 49ers. Constantly catching up on DVR’d TV shows. Spends a little too much money at movie theaters. Also passionate about serving my community and providing the youth with tools for success.

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