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Evil-Doers Beware, Ghost Rider is Back!

Artwork from the Ghost Rider comic with Robbie Reyes

Consider this a friendly PSA for bad guys. If you’re still hanging around in a few months, you might be consumed in a fiery inferno of justice, courtesy of Ghost Rider. (Don’t say we didn’t warn you!) Not only will the deliverer of Flaming Justice be joining up with S.H.I.E.L.D. in season 4, Marvel has announced that after taking a year off, he’s also returning in a brand new Ghost Rider comic. And, thanks to TV guide, we’ve got some interesting intel on the series.

Details on the New Ghost Rider Comic

First up, for fans of the Johnny Blaze incarnation of Ghost Rider, sorry, but they’re sticking with Robbie Reyes. Reyes is a young Mexican-American dealing with gang troubles while looking after his developmentally disabled brother Gabe. Things take a turn for the darker when he’s possessed by the spirit of evil serial killer Eli Morrow. Oh, and Morrow also turns out to be his uncle. Armed with the power given to him by Morrow, Reyes / Ghost Rider agrees to kill to satisfy Morrow’s lust, though he only kills other evil people.The character, developed by Felipe Smith and Tradd Moore, debuted back in March of 2014. The new series will be written by Smith, who will also be doing the cover art, and he’ll be joined by artist Danilo Beyruth for the interior art.

The character, developed by Felipe Smith and Tradd Moore, debuted back in March of 2014. The new series will be written by Smith, who will also be doing the cover art, and he’ll be joined by artist Danilo Beyruth for the interior art.

Cover for the new Ghost Rider comic launching in NovemberWhen asked about the dual return of Ghost Rider to both TV and comics, Axel Alonso, Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief said that it was mostly coincidence. “We were waiting for Felipe’s schedule more than anything. I would have loved to have launched it sooner, but he has a prosperous career in animation, we needed the time to carve it up and do it right.

Ghost Rider’s Motivation

One interesting change in the character that Smith points out is the motivation. “Prior Ghost Riders were compelled to do good. Robbie makes the choice to do good things because it’s the spirit who compels him to kill.” Instead of a curse, Smith says the Reyes views being Ghost Rider as “something that empowers him.

Oh, And One More Thing

Smith also wanted to clear one more thing up. Unlike the Blaze version of Ghost Rider, Reyes’ doesn’t have a floating head or a human skull. No, he actually a combination of a flaming car and a human being. Again, he’s not wearing a helmet, and his head is not a skull. His head is actually designed to simulate the lines of the classic muscle car he was racing when he was killed. So, there you go.

Ghost Rider concept art by Felipe Smith

The new Ghost Rider comic is set to debut in November. What do you think? Are you stoked to have this version of Ghost Rider back? Also, if you’ve got the time, take a minute to read the whole TV Guide piece. They get into some more interesting details, including discussing the new trend towards diversity as they re-cast and relaunch various characters. Definitely worth your time.

Featured Images: Marvel Comics

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