Whatever you are expecting with the premiere of this book, forget it! (Right, the “All-New.”)
You have never seen a Ghost Rider treatment like this before. Old style fans may not dig it, the vaunted new reader may not like it.
But one thing All-New Ghost Rider #1 represents is a fast and furious ride for fans of Tradd Moore’s one-of-a-kind action art!
Sometimes too cartoony for my tastes, at least for a book about the Spirit of Vengeance, this issue starts off strong and never really slows down. It is hard to believe it is a first issue, and those familiar with past Ghost Rider properties will find a change of pace and practice in writer Felipe Smith’s super-octane version.
If you are looking for grit, you get plenty. Robbie Reyes’ East L.A. is the most depressing comic book locale since Steve Gerber’s Hell’s Kitchen in Omega the Unknown … and that was de-press-ing! There are some character moments in Smith’s script – of special interest, Robbie and the relationship he has with his disabled brother – but none of that is given room to breathe because we have to get into Moore’s awesome car chases. Holy Cinematic, Batman!
We sacrifice some here, we gain some (mostly visual) there, but all together it seems a good beginning for this character who seems most interesting. I do want to read more about him.
But this is NOT Ghost Rider.