mordicai caeli (mordicai) wrote,
mordicai caeli

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ghost rider: vicious cycle by way, texeira, & saltares.

i don't know what prompted fordmadoxfraud to pick up a ghost rider issue a couple of wednesdays ago, but those of us who read it were pretty impressed, & completely out of the blue. the team doing it is apparently the same team that wrote during the 90s, which were not a good time for most comics, but heck, i'd be inclined to give the ghost rider comics from that time a peek: johnny blaze has the sort of 90s angst built into his character that makes me willing to accept that he might weather the grim-n'-gritty age pretty well- though it is under the relaunch curse, as it seems some daniel ketch was the spirit of vengence then. anyhow, enough of the history lesson! this is good comicbook stuff here. it rides the pop fable version of hell, with a tim-curry-from-legend devil & a "demon" who is for all intent & purposes slimer from the real ghostbusters cartoon, but? it works? yeah, don't give me that look, i know it sounds crazy, but there it is. basically the plot? & i know, i keep drawing parallels with other fiction, & not good fiction, but here we go again: the plot is basically jet li's the one, only in reverse. johnny blaze drags the devil out of hell! & the devil's soul is shattered into six hundred & sixty-six (666) pieces, & everytime one gets killed, the devil gets a little stronger, a little harder to kill-- & if the devil becomes complete, well then, he's gone & escaped hell, hasn't he? like i said, a very pop mythology version of the devil, but really, it works with ghost rider, & there are a few good silhoutte shots of the two of them? that really sell the pitch. it is prety breezy, with a much fewer words-per-panel count than a lot of the modern writers favor, so i say go ahead & flip through it. it is worth a shot.
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