The GeeksverseGhost Rider #7

Ghost Rider #7
Published on Sunday, December 18, 2011 by

“That’s Hawkeye,” my local comic shop curator pointed out as I picked up Ghost Rider #7 with Hawkeye taking aim on the cover. I quipped that the cover, featuring the flaming skull from the inside, may be the coolest part of this doomed comic. Ghost Rider is a short lived series that is already cancelled. It was restarted with a mildly interesting gimmick during Fear Itself and has little life beyond the forced cross-over.

This series has been uneven in writing from its start. I went into Ghost Rider #7 with low expectations this week. Ghost Rider #6 showed some potential for the new incarnation of the Ghost Rider as a horror hero. That has largely been stripped away in this issue.

This issue is absolutely ludicrous. this single issue manages to squeeze in everything that I hated in the late 90s from Ghost Rider comics: random superhero pair ups, Steel Wind, cyborgs, zombies, undead, human Johnny Blaze, etc. On their own these elements seem to work well, but mashed together in a short amount of space it becomes a mess.

The new female Ghost Rider meets a returning zombie character for guidance. Unfortunately that takes place in a theater while watching a Kevin James movie? More unfortunately, a patron upset at their talking walks down and in front of them before being scared by the undead and flaming head? I’m fairly sure I wouldn’t approach anyone with a flaming skull head to scream at in a theater. Maybe its just me.

Black Adam is back. He’s pissed. He recruits Steel Wind and her dead sister. Black Adam brings back the mechanical cyborg complete with rotting flesh of Steel Vengeance.

The aforementioned Hawkeye wears to different costumes in this slim serial offering.

The most compelling problem with this series is not the contrived plot or the all-in-character roster. The most compelling problem with this series is the geography. Marvel Comics are notoriously America centered in their geography. Ghost Rider started outside the borders of America treading on new ground. The South American focus is in the periphery this issue, while the comics main story happens in placelessness: generic 50s deco theater, generic desert landscape, New York City street, and an Asian graveyard all are whirl winded together in this issue. This would be a stronger series if it kept a distinct landscape as part of the story telling. Placelessness is just becoming one more serious problem with this series.

Oh Marvel. Ghost Rider is a jumble. This issue reminds me why this character works better in a mini-series. Otherwise, random cyborg motorcycle women wind up fighting two different Ghost Riders (past and present) in a forced metaphor. Discuss on the Pryde Forum.

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