Fresh off the announcement and spoiler-y ad placements at San Diego Comic Con, we now know that long-time Marvel comic character Ghost Rider is coming to ABC’s TV show ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ this Fall, in the form of the “updated” take on the character, Robbie Reyes. We’ve also recently learned, however, that Robbie and the Ghost Rider mantle are officially returning to the Marvel Comics lineup with their own solo series, after more than a year off the shelves.
Simply titled ‘Ghost Rider,’ the new comic series will follow Latino teenager Robbie Reyes, who becomes inhabited by the evil spirit of serial killer Eli Morrow; the two form a Jekyll-and-Hyde-like existence as Robbie tries to control the supernatural being. Where the previous incarnation(s) of Ghost Rider were portrayed as demonic “Spirits of Vengeance” working to do good in a vigilante-type approach, this new version is decidedly different in that regard.
The new comic series will be written and have cover art done by Felipe Smith, with interior art being handled by Danilo Beyruth. Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso, in a recent interview, explained why now was the time to give Ghost Rider his own series:
“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.”
It is fortuitous happenstance, of course, that the character is also being utilized in the Marvel Cinematic Universe via the fourth season of the ABC show, and will potentially help to “bridge the gap” between superpowers and magic in the MCU prior to the debut of the new ‘Doctor Strange’ film later this year. In the interview, Alonso also mentioned that the comics division was “given a heads up” about the characters impending MCU debut – “we were very excited,” he mentioned.
Smith, for his part, seems ready to tackle the new version of the classic character. In an interview, he outlined a few of the key differences:
“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. [Robbie sees it as] something that empowers him.”
‘Ghost Rider’ is scheduled to return to comic retailers’ shelves in November 2016.
Source: TV Guide
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