Ghost Rider is a character that has always interested me, but I’ve never found quite the right moment to jump on board. With Jason Aaron the moment presented itself and I’ve never looked back. I’ve picked up every issue since Aaron took over writing and haven’t been let down once. I was a late-comer to ‘Scalped’ and his other works, but I check every new title that his name is attached to.
This week’s issue was Ghost Rider #34 and hail’s the second issue of Tony Moore and Jason Aaron working together. This issue was a great pick as this week’s review group pick, as although its smack-bang in the middle of a wider story and being mid-arc as well, it reads well as a standalone story, and gives new readers a taste of what Ghost Rider is all about.
Jason Aaron’s run on Ghost rider has been intense journey filled with both old and new characters, setting up a grand Ghost rider legacy. As I said previously I haven’t read Ghost Rider at all before Jason Aaron came on board, but this series has been easy to get into, yet still gives the reader an epic story.
The sequence where Danny Ketch turns into the spirit of vengeance once more was amazing. The flesh melting away from his skin, and turning to flame was a great, yet someone disturbing sequence. I know it’s been said previously by others, but this issue really felt like a grind house horror film, the Highway man’s 18-wheeler, the organic tuck and its mangled features of victims was magnificent.
This issue show’s Danny Ketch in a bit more of a positive/less crazy light than of lately. I like to think that Aaron has really stumbled onto the fact that sometimes less dialogue is more. I mean the vehicle battle was colossal, and not being bogged down by heavy dialogue really let you get lost in the sequence.
Tony Moore has always been one of my favourite artists, ever since the walking dead, fear agent and the Exterminators. And his creepy well defined art fits this book. He never ceases to amaze me and impress me with the calibre of his work.
I can’t wait to see where this story is building to, and yet at the same time am not looking forward to it ending. If only we could see this standard of work across all the board at marvel.
Art – 9
Story – 9.5
Overall – 9.25
This was a kick-ass issue. Next week’s pick is interesting, I remember reading the first instalment of Phonogram ages ago, wasn’t bad wasn’t good. Just not my thing. I’ll endeavour to find the first issue so I can give a proper review of issue #2. I know they’re stand-alone stories, but it can’t hurt reading the first issue right.