Thanos #16 Review
Thanos #16 is all around amazing, a triumph, tragedy, war, death and a man who will be fundamentally changed from the one he started out as. This is the story of Cosmic Ghost Rider, and also the fall of Earth and, in return, the fall of Earth's mightiest heroes. Writer Donny Cates is a genius whose vision gets wonderfully realized by artist Geoff Shaw and colorist Antonio Fabela who make every panel a pleasure for the eyes.
When it was first revealed that Cosmic Ghost Rider was Frank Castle, a lot of people were conflicted on it. They either didn’t believe that he was telling the truth or thought it didn’t make sense altogether because he acted so out of character. This issue wonderfully explains what he’s gone through and what has caused him to lose his mind. It’s a story of a man who made three deals that fundamentally changed his life and how he went from a nobody compared to Earth's greatest to becoming Thanos’ right hand man.
This issue not only delivers on just being an origin, it also sets up Cosmic Ghost Rider's upcoming solo series and does way more world building than you would expect. So much goes on in this issue that, under a lesser writer ,it could come off rushed and chaotic, yet Cates handled this issue with such grace, and you can tell the creative team are having a blast pouring their love into this story.