Review by: TheDudeVonDoom

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Now here’s a character who’s cursed on so many levels. There’s a
character who has an awesome purpose and portrayal, and yet has never
been executed and written to his full potential. There have been some
worthwhile stories (i.e. Ennis’ Trail of Tears), but only a handful in
comparison to the Spirit of Vengeance’s crap career. That all might
change, now, and it couldn’t have come at a more ironic time.

Ever since he jumped on board what was surely a sinking ship at the
time, Jason Aaron has been steering the Rider into a direction that is,
so the detective says, obvious in hindsight. I mean, come on: if any
Marvel character deserves to be a legacy character – besides, say, Iron
Fist or Captain America – it’s the Spirit of Vengeance. Aaron does one
better, though, and explains (and shows) that there are said spirits
all across the world, ever since the Great Flood. Out of this brilliant
revelation comes flaming fighter pilots and infernal G-Men and the
Apache Spirit of Vengeance on a flaming horse, screaming “KI-YI-YI-YI.”
Awesome, I know.

That’s when things sober up and come back to the present day, where
there are no Ghost Riders at all. You read right: the current Ghost
Rider status quo is that there aren’t any anymore, thanks to the angel
Zadkiel, who I admittedly am still having a hard time trying to give a
damn about. The main narrator and protagonist for this issue is the
caretaker’s granddaughter, who resembles many of the girls I date: red
hair, Catholic, and has a name that I didn’t bother to remember. Point
is, she is the new wildcard against Zadkiel, and it looks like she will
be carrying the symbolic torch of the spirit of vengeance. Oh, and
there’s some lunatic that is running around killing perfectly pious
people and giving all Zangief lookalikes a band name. (Trust me, the
issue is much cooler than I’m making it out to be.)

To illustrate all this Awesome Across History and the uncertain future
sure does seem like a helluva task for any artist. Fortuantely, Tony
Moore manages to pull off such feets wonderfully. The images are sharp
and modest – a welcomed look after Aaron’s previous arc – while still
having enough expression and animation needed for this kind of book.
The man has a knack for details, while still putting just enough
emphasis on every drop of blood and tears. And fire, of course.

For those of you who have always been interested in Ghost Rider, but
have been too fearful to do so after seeing older comics and the movie,
now is the best time to saddle up and ride. All I can say at this point
is, “yippie-aye-fuckin-A”

Story: 4 - Very Good
Art: 4 - Very Good

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