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All-New Ghost Rider #03

by King on January 23, 2015

All-New Ghost Rider #03 Main Image
Writer: Felipe Smith
Artist: Tradd Moore
Colorist: Val Staples
 
It’s pretty clear by this point that Robby’s in a little over his head – possessed vehicles, paramilitary forces, AND Mr. Hyde?!?!? I mean, I’m one for using lesser known villains and giving them a chance to shine, but even I didn’t see that one coming. If it were Blaze or Ketch this one would be a non-issue, but for a new hero who doesn’t even understand the breadth of his power(s)? Things have started out on a poor note for Reyes, and they won’t be looking up anytime soon.
 
Having escaped his malicious tailgaters, Robbie comes face to face with the true essence of the “Ghost Rider” – or at least this incarnation. I can tell you that it’s not Mephisto or any spirit of vengeance I’m familiar with, but beyond that I have no idea who or what is inhabiting the new whip. It’s clear that “it” and Robbie share a common need for vendetta, and to that end conclude to work together. Besides his latest superheroic developments, things aren’t looking to pretty on the homefront: Gabe still needs a new chair, he’s drawing attention from his teacher, and his joyride has taken an unexpected toll. Except for that last bit, the development of these events are ones that honestly feel honest and even hit a little close to home. Some might care to argue, but the facets paid attention to when depicting Robbie’s life add a level of depth I wasn’t expecting.
 
The touch of character development was nice, and distracted me from the fact that there was no “real action” until at least halfway through the issue; but when Moore takes the reigns, BOY does he slay. In coordination with Staples coloring we get a mesmerizing display of gang vs. military warfare traditional to the LA area, but you know… better looking and not as real.
 
Moore and Smith continue to chronicle what has been one of my favorite Marvel NOW! Titles, as well as one of my favorite titles in a long time. This book is legitimate fun, and I’m on the edge of my seat just thinking about next issues developments, as well as if/when Robbie and Hyde are gonna have a go! This is the quality that I’ve been expecting from Marvel for too long now, and I hope they can maintain this momentum.

Our Score:

8/10

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