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Ghost Rider Vol. 1: Hell Bent & Heaven Bound (Ghost Rider (2006-2009) Book 5) Kindle & comiXology
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|Length: 141 pages||Grade Level: 10 - 17|
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- Book 6 of 8 in Ghost Rider (2006-2009)
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- Publication date : November 12, 2008
- Print length : 141 pages
- ASIN : B00PSN1HOW
- File size : 164821 KB
- Publisher : Marvel (November 12, 2008)
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- Language: : English
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- Best Sellers Rank: #973,429 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The art is solid and cool to view panel by panel with the kindle. Some very creative character design. And the action panels flow rather nicely.
Just as Jason got Wolverine going in Manifest Destiny with a strong sense of mythos along with a fun, twisted take, he got Ghost rider going and, as it turns out in the final pages, going hard. It is a surprising and uncannily effective fit for Jason's style, as he conjures some of the most charming (and wickedly fun) characters out of thin air, without prior reference or foreshadowing. But it works terribly well here within the Ghost Rider monthly. In fact, didn't the early runs, featuring either Johnny Blaze or Danny Ketch, feature the Ghost Rider in random bike races? Through these five issues, it is obvious Jason wants to bring back the excitement into the Ghost Rider book and what could be more exciting than a quest to find the angel who done him in right in the beginning, when Mephisto first made the ghastly deal that stripped Johnny of his life?
Yes, an angel, not a devil orchestrated the whole episode, and Johnny knows that in his guts, in his whole being, a fury so great even the flames in his skull can't contain it. The search for Zadkiel, the arch angel who wants to rule all of Heaven, begins with such a bang, even just the art for the flame trail of the Ghost Rider speaks volumes about the tone and mood of the book, a ass-kicking, name-taking rollicking good time, matched with crisp and terse dialogue. The Ghost Rider's quest starts with a mid-southern local kid with Zadkiel's cursed symbol tattooed onto his chest, and indeed he finds him in a hospital run by murderous (and yet unassuming on the outside) nurses submitted under the rule of Zadkiel himself. The Gothic aspect of the Ghost Rider is in full effect.
Almost in unison, the battles and physicality of the conflicts do follow down that Ghost Rider path as well, not withholding any of the conventional ways that Ghost Rider uses his powers in every single fight, a perfect example being a three panel sequence of him staring across an apparition-laden desert plain and unleashing a vicious salvo of Hellfire on the hungry spirits that happened upon the boy so crucial to Johnny's search. If anything, never expect anything more sophisticated than the portrayals of mere human instinct in a Ghost Rider book, much less here, where everyone seems hellbent on destroying the Ghost Rider and bringing their allegiances to Zadkiel to their graves. Even when Johnny ends up in solitary confinement later on in these five issues, his fellow inmates want a piece of him. The quality never wanes but grows stronger with every page, riding (pun intended) the raucous and destructive motif to the end.
This could very well be the most excitement-inducing first arc Comics has seen in a very long time, and for a horror-themed book, nothing brings in readers more than sheer, blood-filled energy...
If there’s one character type Jason Aaron can write the heck out of, it’s the mean surly type with a major chip on his shoulder. The Punisher, Wolverine, Dash Bad Horse all fit the bill as does Johnny Blaze the Ghost Rider who, in this book, is after the guy who made him the Spirit of Vengeance’s host. And wouldn’t you know it, it’s the supposed good guys: an angel called Zadkiel!
Blaze fires up his wheels and sets out to find a way to get to Heaven and settle the score. And what better place to start looking than Aaron’s favourite location in the world: the American South.
Aaron’s first Ghost Rider book is a bit of a product of its time. It was published in 2008 during the great Grindhouse revival which today is well worn out but back then was still very much in. So there are machine-gun toting nurses galore, cannibal ghosts, and lots of crazy stunts gleefully peppering the book.
But as played out as Grindhouse is, this book is still so much fun to read. It’s a quintessential Jason Aaron book from the Southern setting to the angry loner lead to the excessive violence and joyful blaspheming throughout; if you’re a big fan of Aaron’s like I am, you’re gonna take to this like BBQ and beer.
The art is the only real weakness of the book. Roland Boschi’s work is fine but nothing special. It’s a bit too sketchy with the pencils and doesn’t really live up to the rock’n’roll script Aaron delivers. Tan Eng Huat draws a couple issues too and his art again is acceptable for a Marvel comic but I wanted some real fire on the page and I wasn’t feeling it with Huat’s pages.
It’s loud, silly and ultimately throwaway but Jason Aaron’s first Ghost Rider book is an enormously enjoyable read. It’s an energetic start to his run and I love the indicators for where he’s taking the story. Definitely worth checking out if you’re a fan of the writer or the character.