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All-New Ghost Rider #3 - Engines of Vengeance Part 3 Review

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School. death, and a spirit of vengeance living inside of him. How will Robbie Reyes handle all of this?

The Good

The best part about this issue is the sense of justice the reader gets after being beaten down with some of these scummy characters over the past couple of issues. We've seen Robbie Reyes deal with some of the worst of the worst humanity has to offer. These people have walked all over Robbie and his brother and hurt those around him. In this issue, readers will be applauding the moments where writer Felipe Smith lets us see all those bad guys get what's coming to them and it's not just from Robbie.

The action sequences are a complete blast, especially when Ghost Rider comes into play. It is pure eye candy to watch the Rider rip the men from the car, before dealing with them in the best way possible. These are scenes you'll want to read over and over again.

While the story is enjoyable and a bit of fun, it's the art of Tradd Moore and the colors of Val Staples that keeps many people coming back to this book for seconds and thirds. Moore's art is such a different style than most are accustomed to and Staples' colors are so bright and in your face which is the perfect match for this writing to keep the book balanced out.

The Bad

It's hard to pinpoint the overall goal of this book. Where is it going? What's the point? While issue to issue is a fun and fantastic read, the reader will be craving a bit more than what is offered.

The dialogue between Robbie and the Ghost Rider spirit AKA Eli (huh?) is a bit weird. It feels off. It's different from other Ghost Rider incarnations and may be a tad tough for Rider fans to swallow. Eli is a bit goofy and playful in his dialogue which again, feels off. We can't necessarily say it's out of character though because Eli is not the spirit of vengeance fans know.

The Verdict

ALL NEW GHOST RIDER is still pretty new, but it really doesn't disappoint. While there is a question to where this book is headed, the writing and art are fantastic. There's a great sense of justice for Robbie Reyes here as the Rider gets his revenge on those than wronged Reyes. Tradd Moore's art truly continues to be the star of this show, and if you have room on your pull list, this is a book you need to add to it.

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Posted by thewalkingdeadpool18

Love the current Ghost Rider run. Only complaint is how ubelievable the "scum" people like that exsist......not every single person in town is like that except for coincidently our protagonist and his mental brother.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

I really enjoyed this issue as per usual, not sure what you mean by the overall goal?

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@thewalkingdeadpool18: Well Marvel has portrayed Hell's Kitchen like that for years and it's not even that bad a place. Also calling his brother "mental" is not cool.

Posted by inferiorego

Love the current Ghost Rider run. Only complaint is how ubelievable the "scum" people like that exsist......not every single person in town is like that except for coincidently our protagonist and his mental brother.

I said that in my last review of this book and in turn, was called "sheltered" by commenters... oh Internet.

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Posted by ClawFist

I am on top of this title! Jeezus criminee, that beatdown tho.

Okay I'll stop misspelling. This and Ms. Marvel are on the top of my pull-list. I think I might be able to offer some self opinionated enlightenment and or theories to at least two of the criticisms I've seen with the title.

The Bad People: I don't think the title is depicting everyone as bad, so much so then it's showing us how Robbie is currently seeing the world. Sure, he's street smart, but he's still fairly young and more or less a single individual with a lot of responsibility. All he might be seeing are the bad people, or the bad in people. Basically a somewhat negative outlook is where I'm getting at. If take a gander at issue 1, you kind of get a bad taste for his boss Canelo, but in this issue you I was surprised you find out he was actually a pretty decent guy. I'm not saying he doesn't live in a bad neighborhood, but really just think it's us looking through the eyes of a very stressed out Robbie Reyes who's only looking at the bad. Eli isn't helping with his constant negative banter either. So in turn, that's all we really see.

Direction: As for where the title is going, I'm not sure I understand the statement. Robbie doesn't really have a bigger role in the Marvel Universe as of yet, I see it as more of a story in its own little corner of the Marvel Universe. Like the last volume of the Scarlet Spider, none of Kaine's adventure really needed to happen, and it didn't effect any of the bigger Marvel U. I just take it as a standalone story.

At least that's my opinion and theory to some of what's going on. I could just be looking way too much into it lol, but what can I say? I'm invested :D

Posted by Maddpanda531

I really want to read this, but I'm actually trying to drop a few series (Already reading too much for my wallet to handle). Oh well, I'll probably end up picking up the first issue next time I have a few extra bucks.

Posted by InFamous_Wolf

I am loving the hell out of this comic. My only fear is that once Tradd Moore is replaced by a different artist, the sales might drop. Since it seems to be what most people are reading for. Also what variant cover is the thumbnail. It looks beast asf.

Posted by ScrappyDont27

I'm really enjoying this ghost rider agree with the review I do crave a bit more than what is offered, but still this book continues to impresss me

Posted by dagmar_merrill

@thewalkingdeadpool18 said:

Love the current Ghost Rider run. Only complaint is how ubelievable the "scum" people like that exsist......not every single person in town is like that except for coincidently our protagonist and his mental brother.

I said that in my last review of this book and in turn, was called "sheltered" by commenters... oh Internet.

I mean, it kind of makes sense. I've lived in cities that were very scumy and everyone acted in a 'Scumish' way because it was how they were raised. Different views.

Posted by Nightwing_Beyond

I'm digging this slow build for this new Ghost Rider and its kind of refreshing not knowing where the book is going. Since Robbie is a brand new character, I really have no idea what kind of vigilante he's going to end up becoming. I just hope this series is given the time to develop and take us for a ride (pun intended).

Edited by InnerVenom123

It's hard to pinpoint the overall goal of this book. Where is it going? What's the point?

I don't understand what you mean. The goal is to tell Robbie Reyes's story as the Ghost Rider, right?

Posted by eamon542000

I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!!

Edited by Rubear

Robbie Reyes, heh? Kinda look like Jaime Reyes, Blue Bittle from DC.
And all remeber Slade and Wade Wilsons...

Posted by InnerVenom123

@rubear said:

Robbie Reyes, heh? Kinda look like Jaime Reyes, Blue Bittle from DC.

And all remeber Slade and Wade Wilsons...

Robbie Reyes isn't a Blue Beetle parody though. It's just a genuine coincidence.

Posted by Rubear

@rubear said:

Robbie Reyes, heh? Kinda look like Jaime Reyes, Blue Bittle from DC.

And all remeber Slade and Wade Wilsons...

Robbie Reyes isn't a Blue Beetle parody though. It's just a genuine coincidence.

Well, isn't Robbie young man who accidently found - or was found by - something powerful and dangerous? I see similarities here)

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@rubear said:

@innervenom123 said:

@rubear said:

Robbie Reyes, heh? Kinda look like Jaime Reyes, Blue Bittle from DC.

And all remeber Slade and Wade Wilsons...

Robbie Reyes isn't a Blue Beetle parody though. It's just a genuine coincidence.

Well, isn't Robbie young man who accidently found - or was found by - something powerful and dangerous? I see similarities here)

You could see similarities in pretty much every superhero ever.

Edited by Rubear

@jonny_anonymous said:

You could see similarities in pretty much every superhero ever.

Yep.)
But not all superheroes have identical familyname. And, remembering abot brothers Wilsons, i see this as at least conscious coincidence.

Edited by thewalkingdeadpool18

@jonny_anonymous:

But i don't think he lives in Hell's kitchen and how is mental not the right word? Figured it would be better then to call him retarded.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@thewalkingdeadpool18: I used Hell's kitchen as an example of how comics take something and exaggerate it for entertainment purposes. And he's handicapped not "mental" or "retarded"

Posted by thewalkingdeadpool18

@jonny_anonymous:

Dude he has mental problems too. He's not right in the head read his dialogue he's mentally challenged.

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Posted by TheAcidSkull

Favorite issue so far. I loved the fact that Hyde and Zabo are now interacting, because it kinda enriches the contrasts between the spirit and Robbie, thus making them good foes, at least in some ways. I loved the fact that Robbie's employer protected robbie until the very end(that should put a cork in the complaint that Robbie is the only good person in the series) , kinda shows you that not everyone there is a complete ass. Plus Robbie could really use a friend that's not a flaming skull. And the action! Holy moly it was amazing! Sure the character designs are absolutely weird but it works so well and makes the action much more dynamic! speaking of which, I absolutely loved Hyde's new designs! It looks absolutely beastly!

Now for something which I found kinda off. Look I realize that these people live in a world of superheroes, hell the whole plot of these three GR issues is that there is a street war over some sort of super pill/drug which mutates people into huge monsters. But still, seeing something is one thing, but becoming something is another process entirely. Robbie is still essentially a kid, even though he had to mature fast due to gabe, but even so any real adult would freak out over seeing themselves as flaming skull monsters, yet Robbie remains completely unfazed. He's like "A ghost Spirit is offering me power but the price is that we need to completely merge or something? Ehhhh let me thing about that.." I mean what the f*ck? Seems a bit weird to be honest. But still, it didn't take me out of the experience.