Avengers #22 Review

Writer: Jason Aaron

Art: Stefano Caselli, Jason Keith, VC’s Cory Petit, and Frank Martin

Price: $3.99

Release Date: July 31st, 2019

Robbie doesn’t want to do it anymore. Any of it. The Ghost Rider deal, the car, even the Avengers. He can just walk away from it all…. or can he?

Robbie is driving his little brother Gabe to school. Gabe wants him to drive faster. Robbie doesn’t want to, but his car begins to speed up and has flames flying out all over it. The car speaks to Robbie telling him that it needs to feed and that Riders don’t get to quit. Robbie takes his car out to the desert and destroys it. Burns it, buries it and takes a bus home. The car is there waiting for him. Brand new.

At Avengers Mountain in the North Pole Robbie explains his history with the car to the Avengers. About how he died and the car brought him back as Ghost Rider, and that the car was possessed by the soul of a serial killer. Robbie’s uncle Eli. Black Panther says he’s called in an expert in this type of situation as they begin running some tests on Robbie. The car and Robbie become engulfed in flames as the Avengers try to help Robbie. T’Challa’s expert shows up. Daimon Hellstrom, the son of Satan. He’s there to do an exorcism.

In Turkey Lady Okoye, Thor, She-Hulk, and Iron Man arrive at a site where Captain Marvel battled in War of the Realms. In a cave, they found something ancient and evil. A fossilized metal helmet dating to One Million BC. There are remains of a human skull inside.

Back at Avengers Mountain Daimon prepares to start the exorcism and gives Blade a “breathing gun” to use on Robbie, Damion, then the car if things get out of hand. The exorcism begins and Robbie comes face to face with Johnny Blaze, who wants to race Robbie for the car. To be continued…

Well, what else would you expect after the War of the Realms for the Avengers but an Exorcism conducted by the son of Satan? Certainly not me. After a very brief respite, we start a new arc full of craziness. I read a lot of Stephen King books when I was growing up, so I immediately thought of Christine, a book about a possessed 1958 Plymouth Fury. That’s where the comparisons stop though. Jason Aaron does a great job of creating a good story, albeit one with some deeply disturbing and dark characters and plot lines. After not being very excited by the cover or previews, I’m actually looking forward to how this a turns out.

Final Thoughts:

Jason Aaron starts out his next Avengers arc in a darkly themed, but exciting fashion!