Ghost Rider: Danny Ketch Classic 1

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6.5 Overall Score
Story: 7/10
Art: 6/10

'90s action

'90s action isn't always that great

 
Comic Info

Comic Name: Ghost Rider (Volume 2)

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Writer: Howard Mackie

Artist: Javier Saltares/Mark Texeira/Jimmy Palmiotti

# of Issues: 10

Release Date:  2009

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Ghost Rider (2) #7

Reprints Ghost Rider (2) #1-10.  When Danny Ketch and his sister Barbara go to a dangerous New York cemetery at night, they witness a murder.  Barbara is injured as she and Danny try to escape and Danny wishes he could find a way to save her.  What he finds is a motorcycle that gives him the power of Ghost Rider and the chance at vengeance for the innocents hurt.  Now Ghost Rider has made a target of himself and enemies with characters like Blackout, Deathwatch, and the Kingpin.  Ghost Rider’s actions are also attracting the attention of police and a certain man who hoped Ghost Rider would stay dead forever.

Ghost Rider was written by Howard Mackie and tore into comics as a relaunch of the popular ‘70s character in the 1990s.  The series was well received and issues jumped in price quickly due to the character’s popularity and the edgy art by Javier Saltares, Mark Texeira, and Jimmy Palmiotti.

Time has not been kind to Danny Ketch or the 1990s Ghost Rider.  The stories are ok, but typical of the time period.  A great example are the villains who are dangerous, deadly, but also very generic in appearance and powers.  The costume (leather and chains) also is very dated.  Even the two issue guest star appearance by Punisher and an appearance by X-Factor show what the situation in the comic book work was at the time…Image was getting close to launched and Marvel and DC were both feeling a bit threatened.

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Ghost Rider (2) #10

That doesn’t mean everything about Ghost Rider was bad.  The story actually moves pretty decently and Danny Ketch’s characterization was nice.  The surprising Scarecrow issue and the death of Barbara Ketch at Blackout’s hands (and teeth) was rather unexpected since she had already “pulled through” once.  Johnny Blaze’s return was inevitable but welcomed (though that did lead the path to Ghost Rider’s “destruction” when it got too bogged down with the Midnight Sons).

The art at the time was something to be impressed by…now it just looks inky and is sometimes hard to follow.  A panel might look really good, but the next panel looks awful.  There is very little consistency and everything just ends up in flames and bullets anyway.

Ghost Rider is a character whose time has passed.  This collection shows it.  The character keeps getting resurrected and cancelled so that could be part of the issue.  The 1970s Ghost Rider came when horror was being reintroduced to comics.  The 1990s tried it again and failed.  Ghost Rider lasted longer than most because he was able to move between the horror comics, action comics, and even some mutant comics.

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