Artist: Tradd Moore
Colorist: Val Staples
ENGINES OF VENGEANCE: PART 1
“Soon, Gabe. I’ll get us out of here, soon.”
Ghost Rider, the Spirit of Vengeance, is feared by man and demon alike. But when young Robbie Reyes gets caught at the wrong place at the wrong time, it will be the birth of an all new Ghost Rider!
The Ups: This new take on a younger more modern day Ghost Rider is definitely one I am interesting in seeing how it plays out. Smith gives us a look at the life and surroundings of the new hero Robbie Reyes, who is just a simple working kid trying to make ends meat working at a car repair shop and looks after his younger handicapped brother Gabe. Moore and Staples definitely shined the most in this issue with the slick, anime style art and colors. There is a race scene towards the end of the issue that is done so perfectly it’s almost as if it was taken out of a “Fast and Furious” movie. Staples especially shine with giving the race such a great movie feel with the neon colors and the flash effects as the cars raced through the night streets.
The Downs: While the set up for the arc was well done, I know next to nothing about Robbie or what will make him a good Ghost Rider. Smith spent a lot more time on the surroundings and the events that lead him into becoming Ghost Rider but nothing to help me care about Robbie. The story seems as it will be well put together, I am just left wanting more in understanding the hero.
Overall: This new Ghost Rider seems as it will deliver on all fronts. Smith, Moore, and Staples work very well together and I have high hopes for this series. As long as Smith brings more about Robbie in the coming issues, I see this turning into one of Marvel’s new must read series.
Grade 4 of 5