Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD is coming up on their 4th Season in a few weeks and thanks to a promo debuted at San Diego Comic Con this year, we know that a major Marvel character, Ghost Rider, will be on the show this season. It won’t be the original Ghost Rider, Johnny Blaze, as portrayed in movies by Nicholas Cage, but Robbie Reyes, the latest Ghost Rider that debuted in 2014 for a twelve issue run. To get a heads up on the character, I decided to read through that series to get an idea of what to expect for this season of Agents of SHIELD.
First the positives. The character of Robbie is a wonderful addition to the Marvel Universe. The relationship he has with his brother is key to the series and is played quite well. The choices he makes in the story directly relate to how he can help his brother. The struggles he goes through in each issue to keep his brother safe are heartfelt and honest. They feel real which makes the stories that much better to enjoy.
Yet I have a few problems with this series. First of all, the art was atrocious. Too often, especially in action scenes, I’d find myself getting frustrated because there was so much going on that it was hard to keep up with what was happening in the story. During one of the later issues, Johnny Blaze himself makes an appearance and fights Robbie. The fight scene was confusing because I couldn’t really tell who was who during that fight which was frustrating. That wasn’t the only confusing piece of art in the series which made getting through it tough. It also didn’t help that the style of art changed three different times thanks to three different artists.
In regards to the story, the dialogue for some of the inner city kids came off as what you’d expect a sixty year old grandmother would think kids talk like without taking the time to actually listen and soak in how folks talk. While again, I liked the core story, some of the dialogue was cringe worthy bad. “Who are you to say anything?” you may ask. You don’t have to be god’s gift to writing to know bad dialogue when you read it. No matter when a piece is written, when it’s good, the dialogue comes across as natural and progresses the story. When it’s bad, it takes you out of the world the writer wants to bring you into.
I can’t recommend this series. The premise of the story is fine and I can’t wait to see what the producers of Agents of SHIELD have for this character. There’s some good wheat mixed in among some very bad chaff that should make for a really interesting season of television. As far as a comic book goes, I can’t recommend something that has such spotty art and writing. As always, this is my opinion and if you disagree, convince me why in the comments section below. It just wasn’t a good read.
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Writer: Felipe Smith
Art: Felipe Smith, Kris Anka
Penciler: Damion Scott
Inker: Robert Campanella, Cory Hamscher, Victor Olazaba, Don Ho
Artist: Tradd Moore
Colorist: Nelson Daniel, Val Staples, Ester Sanz, Felipe Sobreiro
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
All New Ghost Rider (2014) #1-12
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