Ghost Rider was a character that was rather popular in 90s, holding a series almost throughout the entire decade. Although, since then Ghost Rider has struggled to hold onto a series for any significant length – even with two Hollywood films based off the character. Hopefully, this will all change, with Marvel launching All-New Ghost Rider by Felipe Smith and Tradd Moore – introducing a new host and a dynamic energy to the concept.
As mentioned before, All-New Ghost Rider #1 will feature a brand new host of the Spirit of Vengeance in the form of Robbie Reyes. Robbie is a teenage street racer, angry with his situation and the gang culture that surrounds him. After receiving the Spirit of Vengeance he focuses his energies into stopping the drug traffickers and violent gangs of East Los Angeles. In an interview with CBR, Felipe Smith describes Robbie…
He is fiercely headstrong, hardworking, and resilient, and I love that about him. He works, he goes to school, he takes care of his little brother. That’s his life. He foregoes a lot of the frivolous joys that your average teenagers indulge in in order to make his little brother’s life as comfortable as possible. Something that I always try to get across with Robbie is that, beyond the contemptuous grimace he wears in public, there is an extraordinarily passionate, devoted, caring young man veiled underneath. Fear, love, anger, kindness, it’s all boiling within him and ready to E-X-P-L-O-D-E.
The most obvious change in this series is that Ghost Rider no longer rides a motorcycle, but instead has opted for a muscle car. While many fans will be upset, I think it is an interesting way of separating him from the previous Ghost Riders. This means he wont be a copy of Johnny Blaze or Danny Ketch.
It would be criminal to talk about this series and not mention the energetic art of Tradd Moore (The Strange Talent of Luther Strode). All-New Ghost Rider is Moore’s first interior work for Marvel, but it definitely wont be his last. Based on the preview below, Moore’s art has an intensity, especially during driving scenes and in his depiction of smoke and flames, that will give the book a high octane energy. Overall, it look really cool and it will be interesting to see where he will take the title.
All-New Ghost Rider #1 is available from March 26th in all good comic book stores and digitally.
Take a look at the covers by Tradd Moore, Skottie Young, Mike del Mundo and Felipe Smith as well as a five page preview below.
All-New Ghost Rider is one of the many new titles as part of the All-New Marvel NOW! publishing initiative.
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