Ghost Rider #34
Trials & Tribulations Part Two: On The Road Again
Written by Jason Aaron
Art by Tony Moore and Dave McCaig
I love Ghost Rider, it's a simple concept, but Jason Aaron is really the first person to make 'SKELETON BIKER WHO'S HEAD IS ON FIRE WHO'S MOTORCYCLE IS ALSO ON FIRE' as awesome as he sounds. So far we've had machine gun nurses, nunchuck nuns, a dude with an eye for a head and Shark Rider, with the end in sight, it's only going to get more mental. I was slightly disappointed with this issue though, it's basically an issue long fight between Ghost Rider Danny Ketch, and The Highwayman, an undead trucker who drives the country feeding souls to the hordes of hell in the back of his lorry. This should be awesome, and in many ways, it is awesome, it's very awesome, but the fight doesn't feel organic at all. Ketch sees The Highwayman doing something obviously evil, fight starts, fight carries on for the rest of the issue. There's no real set-up to the fight besides from a brief backstory of The Highwayman, it just feels like 'Here's character A, here's character B... FIGHT!'
That's not to say the issue isn't full of awesome moments, mostly Moore's art. Ketch's transformation into the Ghost Rider is one of the best pieces of sequential artwork of the year so far, it's actually gripping. He's fantastic with expressions as well, just look at Highwayman's face just before Ketch attacks, Moore puts in little details like a tiny rock falling on Ketch's skull just before he's hit with the Black Rig or the bumper stickers on the school bus ("I climbed Spragg the Living Hill?" Genius)
Overall, it was a good issue of Ghost Rider, far superior to most comics out there, but I felt it lacking in certain areas and was slightly disappointed.
Story - 7
Art - 10
Overall - 8