Cosmic Ghost Rider made waves when he was first introduced in Thanos #13, so, naturally, Marvel has decided to bring the futuristic servant of the (also futuristic) Mad Titan back for a round of variant covers. Each variant will depict the Cosmic Ghost Rider fighting the series’ headlining characters.
The Cosmic Ghost Rider’s debut was a somewhat depressing one, as he was first introduced as the servant of a version of Thanos from the future, also known as King Thanos. King Thanos ordered the Cosmic Ghost Rider to use the Time Stone to drag a younger version of himself into the future so that the two Mad Titans might fight the approaching Fallen One.
But the Cosmic Ghost Rider’s story doesn’t begin there. Perhaps the most surprising reveal in Thanos was the new Ghost Rider’s true identity — Frank Castle, the Punisher. The Punisher was killed when Thanos invaded Earth. After being sent to Hell, the Punisher agreed to become Mephisto’s new servant if it meant a shot at killing Thanos. He failed, and later became the servant of the Mad Titan, himself having gone insane.
The Cosmic Ghost Rider variants will be available for 20 comics, the full list of which can be found below, as well as a gallery containing a selection of eight preview variants:
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #5 by NICK BRADSHAW
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #6 by PAUL RENAUD
ASTONISHING X-MEN #15 by AKCHO
AVENGERS #7 by EMA LUPACCHINO
AVENGERS #8 by MIKE MCKONE
BLACK PANTHER #4 by PASQUAL FERRY
CAPTAIN AMERICA #3 by PATRICK ZIRCHER
DEADPOOL #4 by TODD NAUCK
DOCTOR STRANGE #5 by JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO
FANTASTIC FOUR #2 by TOM RANEY
IMMORTAL HULK #5 by RAHZZAH
IMMORTAL HULK #6 by BRENT SCHOONOVER
SENTRY #4 by VANESA DEL REY
THANOS LEGACY #1 by DAVE JOHNSON
THOR #5 by EMA LUPACCHINO
TONY STARK: IRON MAN #4 by DAVID NAKAYAMA
Venom #6 by HUMBERTO RAMOS and EDGAR DELGADO
WEAPON H #7 by CHRIS STEVENS
X-23 #4 by YASMINE PUTRI
X-MEN RED #8 by JAMAL CAMPBELL
While it’s nice to see the Cosmic Ghost Rider back in action, don’t expect him to return in a big way any time soon. The Mad Titan’s servant fell in the battle against the Fallen One and was subsequently admitted into Valhalla by Odin himself, which means, barring an epic escape from Norse heaven, the Cosmic Ghost Rider’s punishing days are likely over.
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