Ghost Rider #1

Ghost Rider #1

Writer: Felipe Smith Artist: Danillo Beyruth, Tradd Moore Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: November 30, 2016 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 20 User Reviews: 9
5.4Critic Rating
5.5User Rating

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ROBBIE REYES IS BACK!
It's hell on wheels as the Spirit of Vengeance makes his roaring return! A mysterious object from space crash-lands in southern California, drawing some of the brightest minds in the Marvel Universe to Ghost Rider's backyard - including Amadeus Cho, the Totally Awesome Hulk! What mayhem will be unleashed as the High-octane Hothead comes face-to-face with the Jade Genius? And with Robbie still possessed by the ghost of his evil uncle Eli...who's really in the driver's seat? Then, meet the newest speed trap in Ghost Rider's life as his original creators Felipe Smith and Tradd Moore reunite for a special backup story and the debut of an all-new villain. Strap in and start your engines, True Believer, this one's gonna be a scorcher!
Rated T

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Nov 30, 2016

    Ghost Rider #1 is a solid debut for the latest volume featuring the Spirit of Vengeance. Readers who enjoyed the earlier volume featuring Robbie will feel right at home here, and Smith, Beyruth, Moore, Staples and Aburtov make new readers feel at home here as well. This is going to be a fun, explosive, dynamic series and I look forward to reading more. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AiPT! - Robert Reed Dec 1, 2016

    With a strong relationship at its core and a perfect number of guest stars,Ghost Rider#1 is a solid debut that isn't afraid to leave an arc set up for its guest stars in favor of focusing on Robbie Reyes and his brother Gabe which nicely counteracts a lot of the tropes most first issues find themselves using. Felipe Smith's script pops at every turn, giving good moments of brotherly love, as well as humor when Cho faces off against his unusual foe. And while the main story doesn't have much Ghost Rider in it, the back-up with gorgeous visuals by Tradd Moore delivers the action in the issue's final pages. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Dan Mayhoff Dec 5, 2016

    Robbie Reyes is back and it's very exciting to see him backbehind the wheel of his Hell Charger. This book doesn't pander to new readersand while I may enjoy that as a regular reader, it may alienate some newreaders which could lead to this book's downfall. However, I'm really lookingforward to the future of this book, despite the jarring tone difference betweenthe two stories that we got in the main issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Fortress of Solitude - Rick Austin Dec 5, 2016

    I know, each artist has their style, but Pyston Nitro's establishing shot makes her look like Rob Liefeld's Captain America. I get that she's supposed to be all about fitness, but this character had thighs like Schwarzenegger back in his Mister Olympia days. That isn't pumping iron, that's pumping unbelievability. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Outright Geekery - Tom Guilfoyle Dec 8, 2016

    Overall this is a good first issue that just has not quite found its footing, in a universe that hasn't found its footing. There is great potential in this book and hopefully with the issues to come it will feel like the ghost rider that burst into our lives in 2014. Read Full Review

  • 7.1
    Heroes Direct - Adam Fitch Dec 2, 2016

    The artwork is as sketchy and gritty as the title character, and the pages really light up whenever Robbie gets into his fiery alter-ego. The colours liven up the page wonderfully and show a huge contrast between the two sides of him. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Multiversity Comics - Jess Camacho Dec 2, 2016

    Far from a disaster but not exactly the fiery debut I was hoping for. Read Full Review

  • 6.4
    Major Spoilers - Wilson Dec 9, 2016

    I was bummed that Ghost Rider #1 wasn't as good as I hoped. I've come to know what to expect with Felipe Smith's Ghost Rider but this opening issue fell short. With odd characterization and half of the title character's main story taken up by the insanely annoying Totally Awesome Hulk, the book falters. Luckily, the art in both stories is enjoyable with Moore's being an amazing standout. Hopefully future issues won't feel as flat and maybe we'll get some more Tradd Moore artwork. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - C.K. Stewart Dec 5, 2016

    The previous Ghost Rider series were marked by gorgeous art and relatable characters like Robbie and Gabe whose powerful family bond drove the series. Beyruth captures the spirit of the Reyes' Ghost Rider aesthetic without coming across as an imitation of previous artists, and there are promising glimpses of Smith's characters here that would have benefitted from a few pages of breathing room. The end of the issue suggests that room may be coming. Ghost Rider #1 feels like the start of a solid new installment in Reyes' adventures as the fiery Legend of Hillrock Heights, but the series will only flourish if Robbie Reyes is the focus of the full book rather than just his solo title's bonus story. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComiConverse - Mitch Nissen Dec 17, 2016

    It's been since March 2015 that the last issue of All-New Ghost Rider hit comic shops everywhere. Robbie Reyes has only been in a handful of comics since and hasn't been seen in comics for over a year. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - soshillinois Dec 5, 2016

    Danilo Beyruth does an admirable job of continuing the tone set by Tradd Moore in the initial debut of Robbie Reyes Ghost Rider. However, as the backup story by Smith and Moore shows, he's still the king when it comes to gonzo and kinetic action with flaming Dodge Chargers. Overall, it's a great book, while this first issue doesn't match up to the initial one for All-New Ghost Rider, it's still worth the shot. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    IGN - Jeff Lake Nov 30, 2016

    Focusing more on splashy guest stars than establishing its title lead, this first issue remains stuck in neutral. Felipe Smith's script has its moments, but the odd plotting and lack of personality hinder any initial investment. Danilo Beyruth gets a few moments to play, but by and large the art never really takes hold. Given what we've seen from the character before this book still holds promise, but this initial chapter does little to prove it. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Dec 2, 2016

    The choices for this issue are… interesting to say the least. With pages that feel like they're from an issue of Totally Awesome Hulk and then another character showing up at the end, the issue feels like something you'd find many issues down when sales have dwindled and a crossover is needed to boost sales. I can't see folks who came to this from the live action version would stick around after this issue. I'm seriously perplexed. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Dec 3, 2016

    The new debut Ghost Rider issue seems to have its priorities completely out of whack. The far more interesting Ghost Rider story is relegated to a back-up feature, while the main comic seems far more focused on random guest stars. Not off to a great start. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    All-Comic - Jessica Petrecz Dec 5, 2016

    Ghost Rider #1 barely gets this story off the ground and leaves the readers feeling a little confused and bored. Not enough was done to endear the readers to any of the characters and give us a purpose to continue reading. If you can make it through the first story and read the second mini-story Pyston Nitro Strikes you do get to see the makings of a character and a Ghost Rider story we can get behind. This does provide some hope that this series could flesh out better than anticipated. Introducing a new villain like Pyston Nitro opens up the door to tremendous possibilities that would excite readers and give us a reason to keep reading. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Deviator77 Dec 7, 2016

    The dialogue is fine, even if it is spread out. The art is consistently good. However, as a story, issue #1 is incoherent. We don't learn anything new about anyone. We don't know why these characters are in the same comic book. It ignores some settled issues about the title character. If this story is leading somewhere interesting, we have no way of knowing it. You'd think that something more would have happened in 24 pages. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Nov 30, 2016

    Ghost Rider has been a character that Marvel has long been interested in revamping, but it's clear by the series' regular relaunches that something hasn't been clicking with Robbie Reyes, and unfortunately, this first issue feels like doubling down on the same mistakes that has made the character such a nonstarter to begin with. Robbie Reyes needs room to cut loose, and he needs a personality that is deeper than just being a nice guy to his little brother. There needs to be an exploration of powers, a deeper focus on what makes this Ghost Rider unique, and what makes Ghost Rider as a property so interesting. Until Smith and company radically reevaluate their priorities, this is just another example of a would-be superstar getting left in the dust. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Newsarama - Jon Arvedon Dec 1, 2016

    It's tough to say where this series will go, but if you're looking for your badass Ghost Rider fix, you may be better off tuning into ABC on Tuesday nights for the time being. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    The Source by SuperHeroStuff - Marc Buxton Dec 6, 2016

    Listen, the Reyes Ghost Rider on Agents of SHIELD is an adult and much different than the youthful comic book Reyes. Thats fine; theres room for both in the Marvel kingdom. But when the comic version is so redundant and obvious, why bother? Robbie Reyes: Ghost Rider #1 is categorically not a good comic. Read Full Review

  • 1.0
    411Mania - RobF Dec 8, 2016

    Stories like this make me long for the Johnny Blaze/Danny Ketch days. Marvel badly wants to launch the Ghost Rider but I'm not sure Felipe Smith is the man for the job. I see cancellation in the future. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Gizmo Jan 11, 2017

    Establishes Robbie as a likable character, largely thanks to his relationship with his younger brother, but it's unusual how half of this comic is a Totally Awesome Hulk comic and the tail end turns into All-New Wolverine in a way that comes off completely superfluous. The backup story isn't bad, but anything that's heavy on social media "celebrities" can get positively gag worthy. Nobody is drooling over themselves to meet a grossly musclebound woman who posts selfies on Instagram. I'd prefer that backup story were left out and a buck was shaved off of the cover price.

  • 6.0
    Chip Chipperson Dec 5, 2016

    Didn't read the last series with Robbie Reyes so didn't know much about him... and still don't. Had to check the cover mid way to make sure I wasn't mistakenly reading "Totally Awesome Hulk". Book wasn't terrible but didn't feel like Ghost Rider. Early tho, I'll check out the next issue to see where it goes

  • 3.0
    Spock's Brain Dec 5, 2016

    This is a terrible comic. Trite storytelling and substandard art.

  • 1.0
    Stokable Dec 8, 2016

    I wanted so badly to like this title. From the childish, loopy writing that never takes the story anywhere, to the poor art everywhere outside of the 2 pages in which Ghost Rider gets a chance to be the hero in his own comic, this may be one of the worst comics I've read. I long for a resurgence in Ghost Rider, no matter which version, but this creative team is not the one to deliver it.

  • 7.0
    TheFallenKing13 Nov 30, 2016

  • 6.5
    EDiakota Dec 2, 2016

  • 6.5
    Harperious Dec 27, 2016

  • 6.5
    jmprados Jan 2, 2017

  • 6.0
    sebastianorellana95 Dec 1, 2016

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