The GeeksverseGhost Rider #0.1

Ghost Rider #0.1
Published on Thursday, June 9, 2011 by

Written by: Rob Williams
Penciled by: Matthew Clark
Inked by: Sean Parsons
Colored by: Robert Schwager
Lettered by: VC's Clayton Cowles
Cover Art: Matthew Clark w/ Sean Parsons & Robert Schwager
Assistant Editor: Sebastian Girner
Editor: Stephen Wacker

I knew that Johnny Blaze would be a redneck. He came out before that term came into use. But reading him as one seems odd. Williams writes Blaze with a redneck drawl and inflection. He says “hoss” alot. Since when has he talked like that?

I hadn’t read Jason Aaron’s Ghost Rider, so maybe this isn’t a Williams thing, but it just doesn’t feel like Blaze.

The story itself is a bit odd for a 0.1 issue. There’s lip service given to the origin of Ghost Rider and Blaze. We learn how he came to be Ghost Rider and a little about him before that. But the rest of the story sets up the upcoming series. The 0.1 story serves to remove the Ghost Rider from Blaze, setting up the new status quo with the first issue.

Yet another .1 issue that doesn’t serve the purpose of the .1 initiative.

But Ghost Rider is in an odd spot. With the direction of the new series, a new Ghost Rider, it doesn’t make sense to have the .1 issue. This would have worked as the first issue of the new series.

The story moves quickly. The reasoning for Blaze accepting Adam’s deal is very thin. There’s not enough motivation given that Blaze just willingly does it. There’s no arguement or thought about where the Rider would go. Which seems odd coming from Blaze. This is someone that’s been dealing with this for years. It makes sense that he’d want to be rid of it. But at the cost of giving it to another? That part doesn’t ring true.

For someone that’s in the streets getting beat on by her ex-husband, the spanish woman really has a nice house. It seems out of place for where she was first introduced.

I’m pick up the next issue because I’m curious what Williams can do with a new character as Ghost Rider. Which again makes this an odd issue as Blaze won’t be the focal character and this issue was all about him.

The saving grace for this issue is Clark’s art. It’s not a traditional horror style, but it looks flashy. Kind of reminds me of when Salvador Larroca came aboard one of the older Ghost Rider series. He followed Javier Saltares and Mark Texiera on the series and his style was more super-heroic then dark. Clark’s comes across the same way.

And that’s not a bad thing. It looks good.

Clark draws a thinner and more skeletal looking Ghost Rider, which makes sense.

Ghost Rider #0.1 receives
3.5 out of 5

The story is okay but it’s the art that delivers.

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