Writer: Felipe Smith
Art: Tradd Moore
Colorist: Val Staples
Letters: Joe Caramanga
We got a nice taste of Robbie Reyes in his first issue of Ghost Rider. It was a great introduction to the world that Robbie lives in and of course we see how he turns into the rider. However, we didn’t get to see him fight, just transform. The second issue of All-New Ghost Rider does not disappoint.
It picks up directly where the first issue left off with Robbie pursuing the assailants. This is our first view of how the car works as the vehicle compared to the motorcycle that we are all familiar with. While it certainly looks cool with flames coming off of it, it sort of lacks that badassery that the motorcycle had for so many years. It doesn’t seem “demonic”. The redeeming factor is that there are hints as to why this is and that is revealed at the end of the issue.
Issue #2 also introduces a the first villain that Robbie will have to eventually deal with. He is a doctor that has the ability to transform himself and others into vicious sentient monsters (Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde sort of thing). It definitely gives off the right kind of vibe for a Ghost Rider villain. It shows enough to look cool, but not too much to where you don’t want to see more.
There is more set up, but this issue isn’t much of a focus on Robbie’s character but it sets up the setting and potential bad guys that Ghost Rider will eventually have to go against. I don’t want to spoil the end of it for you, but the last panel of this issue is very well executed. All-New Ghost Rider #2 has given us a brilliantly nice villain set-up with some healthy notes of action here and there. Tradd Moore’s art style compliments nearly everything that Robbie has to offer with being the Rider
It is a shame that this is a monthly comic, because I want more of this series right after I finish reading. I give All-New Ghost Rider #2,
5 out of 5 Nerds.