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Judging a Book By It’s Cover – All-New Ghost Rider: Engines of Vengeance

Judging a Book By It’s Cover – All-New Ghost Rider: Engines of Vengeance

This week the book that caught my eye was a graphic novel. All-New Ghost Rider Volume 1: Engines of Vengeance from Marvel Comics. Written by Felipe Smith, with art by Tradd Moore. We bought Ghost Rider for one reason: We like the cover. So how does it read? How does it look on the inside?

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The Good:

The new books Marvel has been putting out have all had unique looks. Take a look at the art in this book, and be blown away. The art by Tradd Moore looks like it comes right out of CARtoons magazine. Felipe Smith relaunched Ghost Rider for a new era; Robbie Reyes is our new lead, He is a mechanic by night, student by day. He also takes care of his younger brother Gabe. He repairs Hot Rods at the garage, but when he takes a car owned by a drug lord to street race, Things go horribly wrong. Robbie dies, and gets inhabited by a demon called Eli. No more motorcycle, we now get a very cool demon muscle car. Lots of good things going on in this book.

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The Bad:

Not a lot wrong with this book. The villain is a little cartoonish, and there may be some racial stereo typing (but we will see how that plays out). I think the art is fantastic, but it isn’t for everyone.

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Conclusion: 

This book I think should be a breakout hit, if Marvel will give it time to find an audience (which they didn’t do with She-Hulk). The art is very stylized, but if you like the images in the article then it is for you. If you love old Ghost Rider you will love it, Smith has made a new local hero with personal struggles, from a little brother, to a demon who may not be what he seems. I say grab the trade and give it a try, you may be surprised how much you enjoy it. A great change of pace.

The Robot

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