Rating: 4/5 – A different spin on the classic character.
by ComicSpectrum reviewer Chris Stark.
Every few years, it seems Marvel tries to pull our a Ghost Rider comic. Sometimes they succeed and sometimes they fail. But with each series, we get a little different take on the character that at least provides a bit of interest and tries to break away from the same old demon on a motorcycle that made the character iconic.
This time, we are in LA, and not one of the better parts. We have gangs stealing comics and wheelchairs from crippled kids and murder in broad daylight. Enter our hero, Robbie Reyes. Robbie is a mechanic and a seemingly good guy stuck in a bad situation. He is raising his crippled brother in these terrible conditions and trying to do it the right way. However, every hero has that tragic flaw. Robbie’s is being desperate to provide a better life for himself and his brother. So what does any car guy with a classic muscle car do? Street race it to win fifty grand of course. This proves his downfall and the appearance of our flaming skull. But how it happens gives us the base for what appears to be our first shot at vengeance.
The name that most people will know on this book is Tradd Moore. His art is very unlike any Ghost Rider book of the past. It has a cartoon quality to it with television animation styles. But it completely fits. The line-work is astounding from the basic talking scenes to the action panels. The story looks to be heading in a good direction thanks to Felipe Smith. The first issue is a set-up book where we meet everyone and get some basic information about what is going to move the story forward. And this is a much better start than the last Ghost Rider series. Overall, I am on-board for the initial ride, no pun intended. I always enjoy a good Ghost Rider story and this different take might be just what the character needs to get back in the spotlight.
Reviewed by: Chris Stark
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