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Comic Book Review: Ghost Rider #1

Variant Cover Art by Tradd Moore & Val Staples (Marvel Comics)

Variant Cover Art by Tradd Moore & Val Staples (Marvel Comics)

    With Marvel’s comic booking being all over the place these days, it’s hard for me to get excited for any of their titles. “Robbie Reyes Ghost Rider” happened to be one of the few that I could not wait to pick up mainly because I personally love the idea of a haunted car as well as a Hispanic hero/anti-hero.  The book does a decent job at re-introducing us to the character without going too much into detail, although it does give us a pretty detailed look at Robbie’s relationship with Gabe. Which to me is done to show you how Robbie is able to stay balanced, Gabe representing the good and his Uncle Eli’s spirit the bad. I enjoyed the small bit where Ghost Rider saves the family who apparently already know him as “La Leyenda” or in English “The Legend”. Also to a certain degree I enjoyed the back story although I did find a skateboard vs. a demon possessed muscle car kind of ridiculous, but still better than my biggest issue with this book. This issue would be the inclusion of the Totally Awesome Hulk. I would have preferred a story a lot more Robbie Reyes oriented, to invest me more in the character and the book in general. The amount of Amadeus Cho is this book is almost enough for me to drop it all together as I cannot stand his version of the Hulk. I will continue to read this for a few more issues and take a “wait and see” approach.

   As far as the artwork I was very satisfied, especially with the amazing coloring panel to panel. The line work in my opinion was clean and all together the book came together well. My only small complaint would be that I wish that the car had a bit more detail. In my opinion it loses that muscle car look in some panels that would have made the chases more menacing. Take some time to check out all the covers for the book they were all done very well. I know that there are a lot of people out there that prefer the original Johnny Blaze motorcycle riding Ghost Rider, but the concept of this version of Ghost Rider works for me and hopefully it works for readers out there too. Overall I feel that it is worth picking up and should get better as the story progresses.

Regular Cover by Marco Checchetto (Marvel Comics)

Regular Cover by Marco Checchetto (Marvel Comics)

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Writer (Main): Felipe Smith

Artwork: Danilo S. Beyruth

Colors: Val Staples & Jesus

Writer (Bonus Story): Felipe Smith

Artist: Tradd Moore

Colors: Val Staples

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