As more and more of Marvel's Secret Wars titles are announced, the method behind the madness is slowly becoming clear; Marvel is throwing all kinds of crazy ideas at the wall to see what sticks, and it's doing it in a market where some of its blockbuster titles like Jonathan Hickman's Avengers and Brian Michael Bendis's X-Men aren't around to divert all the attention. Without these juggernauts in play, Marvel has a clearer view of the concepts and creators that can grab audience attention and stand a chance of building buzz. Here's one of the wild bets that shows particular promise; Ghost Racers, by Felipe Smith and Juan Gedeon.
Set on an infernal racetrack where bound souls compete in a no-rules dash for the finish line --- and a chance to leave the arena --- Ghost Racers brings together extreme versions of all the big name Ghost Riders, including Johnny Blaze, Danny Ketch, Alejandra, and current title-holder Robbie Reyes. Judging from this unlettered preview, the contestants also include the original cowboy Ghost Rider, aka Phantom Rider, who is now a centaur with side-mounted cannons. It's going to be that kind of book. The amazing kind of book.
Every time I think that our friends at Mondo might be taking a break from putting out art that I want to cover my walls with so that I can never not be looking at something awesome, they go and prove me wrong. This time, they're following up their series of amazing Batman-related art by heading back across the street to the House of Ideas for two new Marvel posters, featuring Ghost Rider and Storm.
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Felipe Smith lived the dream of a thousand starry-eyed DeviantArtists when, in 2008, his nerd-skewering masterpiece Peepo Choo debuted at Kodansha-owned manga magazine Morning 2. When asked about what went into accomplishing this feat — becoming fluent in Japanese, keeping pace with the manga industry’s rigorous schedule, being an American noticed by the manga industry at all — Smith is all shrugs and smiles. His work spans the globe, he’s completely reinvigorated Marvel’s Ghost Rider, and, as friends pop by his booth, he slides smoothly in and out of the three languages he speaks, but you know, no biggie. Smith takes it all in his stride.
Peepo Choo, a gleefully lurid tale of cultural fetishization, yakuza, teenage boys, and gravure idols, lies far afield from Ghost Rider in terms of content. But Smith’s zingy, earnest voice unites the two works, and it is this voice that makes Smith such an exciting creator with such a tantalizingly unpredictable future. ComicsAlliance sat down with him at San Diego Comic-Con to discuss living and working in Japan, nerd culture around the world, and what Robbie Reyes brings to the superhero table.
I love Ghost Rider. Or at least, I love Ghost Rider in theory. Everything about the character, the very idea of a flaming skeleton in a cursed leather jacket riding around on a motorcycle made of hellfire, bringing vengeance to increasingly bizarre and demonic villains, all while pulling off stunts that you could only do on the comics page? That is exactly my jam. In practice, however, Ghost Rider has always been a really hit-or-miss character for me. As good as it can be, and there are issues of Ghost Rider that are among my absolute favorite comics, it's often bogged down by being overcomplicated and, worst of all when you're dealing with a book about demonic motorcycle stunts, boring.
That being the case, you can probably understand why I approached Felipe Smith and Trad Moore's all-new Ghost Rider comic, appropriately called All-New Ghost Rider, with a little bit of caution. On paper, it's exactly what I want out of comics, but in practice, there are a dozen things that could go wrong. Fortunately, the first issue is off to a strong start.
At this year's New York Comic Con, Marvel rolled out plans for several new titles to launch in 2014, and one of the more intriguing projects was a new Ghost Rider series from Felipe Smith and Tradd Moore. Smith and Marvel shared that a new character would take on the Spirit of Vengeance -- and that the series' first antagonist would be Mr. Hyde -- but otherwise not much information was given.
This week, a bit more was revealed about the latest Ghost Rider, including his brand new ride: Ghost Rider is ditching his motorcycle for a Dodge Charger. And to assuage any immediate fears: yes, the wheels are still on fire.
Saturday afternoon's Marvel panel was billed as an Inhumanity panel, but most of the announcements were for new Marvel solo books, and there was almost – almost – news about the future of the Ultimate Universe. But not quite.
Marvel Senior Vice President of Publishing Tom Brevoort took the lead, joined by Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso and Ultimates editor Mark Paniccia, as well as writers Kieron Gillen, Jonathan Hickman, Kelly Sue DeConnick and Dan Slott.
In what could only be considered a victory for Ghost Rider co-creator Gary Friedrich, Marvel Comics has apparently offered a settlement in his case against the publisher for ownership of the character.
Friedrich's attorney informed a federal judge in New York that the creator and Marvel have worked out a deal to dismiss the lengthy case without having to go to trial. The details of that deal haven't been revealed and the agreement hasn't yet been fully executed.
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