Move over, Johnny Blaze! Robbie Reyes is taking up the mantle of “Ghost Rider” once more in a new ongoing series at Marvel Comics. According to TVGuide, co-creator Felipe Smith will return to pen Robbie’s new adventures, with Danilo Beyruth on interior art and co-creator Tradd Moore proving back-up stories.
“Prior Ghost Riders were compelled to do good,” Smith explained of the character, who is not a spirit of a vengeance but rather a young man possessed by the specter of a serial killed named Eli Morrow. “Robbie makes the choice to do good things, because it’s the spirit who compels him to kill.”
In his new series, Robbie will find himself teaming up with a few other Marvel Comics characters, including Amadeus Cho’s Totally Awesome Hulk and Laura Kinney’s Wolverine. Because Robbie is “a little more serious” of a character, Smith says he’ll find “kinship” with Wolverine. “Having characters who are the same age, but from different backgrounds is always interesting,” he said. “More likely than not, there’s going to be a friction.” He also hopes to bring Kamala Khan’s Ms. Marvel into the fold sometime soon.
“We were waiting for Felipe’s schedule more than anything,” shared Axel Alonso, editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics. “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.”
The character will also make his small screen debut on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”, which will return to ABC this fall. Smith has already gotten a chance to see Gabriel Luna, who plays the character, in costume. “It’s super on point,” Smith shared. “Fans of the comics will be happy with what’s going on, on the show. And I hope fans of ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ will welcome Robbie and check out our books.”
“Ghost Rider” #1 arrives at retailers in November.
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