All-New Ghost Rider #3 (Marvel)

CREDIT: Marvel Comics

Rating: 4/5 – Art That Absolutely Deserves Your Attention.
by ComicSpectrum reviewer Shawn Hoklas.

When the All-New Ghost Rider was first announced many fans, including myself, were a bit taken aback by the change. Gone was the motorcycle, leather jacket, and the traditional flaming skull. In its place is a muscle car, a teenager, and an art style that is different than most Marvel books on the stands. Now we’re three issues in and All-New Ghost Rider has surpassed any and all expectations that I’ve had for the title, due in most part to the amazing art by Tradd Moore.

Moore is probably best known for his work on Image’s Luther Strode titles, but his art can also be found on an increasing amount of covers for Marvel. His art style is so dynamic and fun to look at that this title is easily becoming one of my favorites titles from Marvel right now. His panels feel larger than life and the creativity that goes into his page layouts is truly fantastic. In this issue alone there’s a sixteen panel page that feels spacious and clean, and a seventeen panel page later in the book that exudes energy even though some of the panels are no bigger than a nickel. Add in Val Staples’ beautiful coloring and this book is nothing short of exquisite. At times Moore’s sequential storytelling can become just a bit confusing, but it’s a small tradeoff for the overall package.

In this issue, Robbie Reyes (Ghost Rider) has a conversation with the Ghost Rider spirit, while Mr. Hyde searches for the stolen contraband that had been taken in the first issue. These drugs give the user the ability to turn into an all powerful monster, which is making Ghost Rider’s life a bit more complicated. As far as villains go, this one is a bit lacking, but it’s still a fun read and allows writer Felipe Smith time to flesh out this new hero, rather than focusing his time on a villain. I’m so excited for the future of this series and if you haven’t already done so, I’d encourage you to check it out. Moore’s art, while definitely not “Marvel super-hero standard”,  is something that deserves a look, and then a few more looks after that.

Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas
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