Ghost Rider #1
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Ghost Rider #1

Writer: Ben Percy Artist: Smith, Cory Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: February 23, 2022 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 31
8.6Critic Rating
8.9User Rating

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Johnny Blaze has the perfect life: a wife and two kids, a job at an auto repair shop and a small-town community that supports him... But Johnny isn't doing well. He has nightmares of monsters when he sleeps. And he sees bloody visions when he's awake. This life is beginning to feel like a prison. And there's a spirit in him that's begging to break out! Benjamin Percy (WOLVERINE, X-FORCE) and Cory Smith (CONAN THE BARBARIAN, CAPTAIN MARVEL) are going back to basics with the Spirit of Vengeance in this extra-sized first issue!
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  • 10
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Feb 27, 2022

    I think the highest complement I can pay this new Ghost Rider book is that the first issue made me want to read more. I can't speak as to how well it fits what came before, but Percy and Smith are firing on all cylinders, in my estimation. This series promises to be a wild ride. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Geek'd Out - Muriel Truax Feb 23, 2022

    Finally, I thought the script was excellent. Comics that contain both good writing and good artwork are always a pleasure to read, and Im glad that my first Ghost Rider comic was one such. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Graphic Policy - pharoahmiles Feb 27, 2022

    Overall, Ghost Rider #1 is a great first issue that will remind fans of Wandavision but much scarier. The story by Percy is excellent. The art by creative team is astonishing. Altogether, this comic is definitely what nightmares are made of. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    GWW - Nick Friar Feb 21, 2022

    If Percy and Smith can maintain the tone they set with Ghost Rider #1, this is going to be a must-read run from start to finish. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Feb 23, 2022

    One of the best Ghost Rider comics Ive read in a long while, this book plays to strengths of its creative team while delivering a smart take on superhero horror comics. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Nerdly - Dean Fuller Mar 1, 2022

    A solid return for a character who should get more love than he currently does. This may change that…. Johnny Blaze, the original and still the best. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Feb 19, 2022

    A restart or rebirth of sorts, this book takes back the Ghost Rider horror element after having Robbie Reyes in the Avengers. I like Robbie's Rider fine, but to me Johnny Blaze is always Ghost Rider, the same way that Bruce Wayne will always be Batman, and before anyone asks, no it has nothing to do with sharing names! A great start and a welcome return to a character that has been on the sidelines for way too long! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    BGCP - Michael Lennox Mar 1, 2022

    The slow burn of the first 10-12 pages will frustrate some GR readers who will want the actual to start fast and furious, but it works from the point of view of Johnny as a victim of both the Rider and the creatures that are torturing him. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Feb 21, 2022

    Ghost Rider #1 is a reawakening for Johnny Blaze, working out old traumas in fresh forms. It's a great blend of relatable unease with suburban life and the horrors rising up, sometimes literally from Hell. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - Collier "CJ" Jennings Feb 21, 2022

    Ghost Rider #1 kicks off a slow-burning and horror-laced mystery that also doubles as a celebration of the hell-powered hero's 50th anniversary. Readers of Immortal Hulk andVenom, rejoice: your next big Marvel horror classic is here. And whether this is your first or latest Ghost Rider tale, it serves as a great introduction to Johnny Blaze. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Justin Munday Feb 22, 2022

    An absolute ride from start to finish, Ghost Rider #1 is the exact kind of heavy metal insanity you want and need from a comic starring Marvel's Spirit of Vengeance. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Graphic Policy - Brett Feb 23, 2022

    Ghost Rider #1 is a solid start that has me diving back into a character I haven't really been interesting in for about 30 years. There's something about this start that reminds me of that 90s run that I grew up with and remember devouring when it hit the shelves. There's a lot of promise here and a debut that might put this classic character back in the spotlight where he belongs. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Feb 24, 2022

    Johnny's new life seems like it should be perfect, which makes it creepy as all hell even BEFORE the other shoe drops. This is a nice reintroduction to Marvel's original flame-headed biker. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Mar 1, 2022

    There is a lot you can do with a character like Ghost Rider but there are demands by long-time fans as well. Percy basically gives into the standards that people want from the character with the foundation here and that's fine. It assuages them while leaving open what you can do next. The next is what's important in the long run (as long as a Marvel series is these days) and I'm curious to see if Percy can capitalize on it or just stick to the familiar. With Cory Smith and Bryan Valenza on board for the artwork, it'll look pretty great – especially with all the demonic elements – and that makes it worth keeping up with alone. But the potential is all here and I'm curious to see what Zeb and Talia will bring to the story when given a chance to breathe. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Adam Barnhardt Feb 23, 2022

    Smith's lineart is ideal for a story such as this, and when combined with moody colors from Bryan Velenza, a dark and gritty issue of Ghost Rider is delivered. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Comic Watch - Jimmy Hayes Feb 21, 2022

    An excellent issue, and a very well done first issue. Percy hits where he needs to, and where he doesn't really need to he hits harder. Cory Smith's pages will scare you, but not gross you out. A very entertaining read. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Feb 21, 2022

    THE DISPATCHIts been a long time since weve seen Johnny Blaze as the GHOST RIDER and Benjamin Percy dives right in with a cold open that makes fans quickly wonder what the $&@&s going on?! The focus of GHOST RIDER #1 lends itself to a character study about Johnny Blaze and the struggles of being the Spirit of Vengeance. However, under the surface, Percy found himself scratching the veneer towards mental health issues and the emptiness thats so hard to explain deep within those inner quarrels of the soul. How is it that on the outside you have everything but still feel so hollow like you have nothing? Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - mrgabehernandez Feb 24, 2022

    Bits and PiecesGhost Rider #1 is a serviceable albeit frustrating start to a new run from Benjamin Percy. There's very little Ghost Rider in the story, and the mystery surrounding Johnny Blaze is not mystery at all. On the positive side, the art is excellent and isn't afraid to lean on the horror and gore. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Multiversity Comics - Jaina Hill Feb 25, 2022

    A formally good first issue that manages to clear the low bar it sets for itself. Read Full Review

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