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411’s Comic Reviews: Johnny Blaze – Ghost Rider #1, Mister Miracle #7, More

April 5, 2018 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
Johnny Blaze - Ghost Rider

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Yesterday we discussed A Look at the Fantastic Four’s Return to Comics!

Now on with the show!

Fighting American: The Ties That Bind #2

Preview by Stephen Gustafson

“The critically-acclaimed series returns with a brand-new story featuring Fighting American and Speedboy!”

Clanskillers #1

Preview by Stephen Gustafson

The kick-off of a NEW SERIES!

Like the demented stepchild of Game of Thrones, Braveheart and Mark Millar’s Kick Ass, Sean Lewis (BETROTHED, The Few, Coyotes) brings readers into an ancient Ireland filled with clans, mystics, warriors and monsters of mythic proportion!

Finola has a problem—her father is losing his mind. All the old king cares about is power…and Finola thinks power is stupid. Finola thinks her vicious older sisters are stupid. Finola thinks the royal court is stupid, and above all she thinks the clans across the country are stupid. So she makes a plan with her good friend Cillian: Let’s kill all the clans. And then, we go for dad.

Filled with countless twist and turns, CLANKILLERS promises to be a wild ride!

From writer Sean Lewis (BETROTHED, The Few) and artist Antonio Fuso (James Bond, G.I.Joe) comes a revenge thriller that HAD to be told at AfterShock!

Johnny Blaze Ghost Rider #1

Review by RobF

Johnny Blaze is dead, Mephisto has killed him. But death is only the beginning. Instead of going to Hell he decides to take over. But he is going to need some help. Enter the Ghost Rider. Christopher Sebela and Phil Noto detour from the main Damnation series to chronicle Johnny Blaze’s journey to the netherworld.

The story is really about the relationship (or lack of) between Blaze and GR. They need each other to be successful and clearly, they work better together than apart. It’s also interesting to see how that relationship has evolved: once Blaze was a slave to the Rider’s power, now they are more on equal footing.

I liked the appearance of the villains, it made me smile. I must admit I did not know all of them, I would have loved some name boxes over their heads. I guess it’s true, if you’re a bad person you
go to a bad place.

Phil Noto is the quintessential Ghost Rider artist, so his involvement is no surprise. The fact that he illustrated and colors it is all the more impressive. His version of Hell, is, for lack of a better
word, hellish. His demons, demonic. In other words, a great job.

While this doesn’t compel me to seek out the original Damnation series, the Ghost Rider/Johnny Blaze dynamic does make want to pick up the next issue of this one. It’s Grindhouse-like feel is right up my alley and I want to see what happens next.

Rating: 8.0 out of 10

Mister Miracle #7

Review by John Pumpernickel

After finishing this issue, you will believe Mister Miracle is the best series on the stands today. Writer Tom King and artist Mitch Gerads are simply firing on all cylinders and I’m feeling bad not giving this a perfect 10.

Mister Miracle and Big Barda are caught up in a myriad of issues. The war with Apokolips isn’t going well and the Female Furies enter the fray, putting Barda at odds with her past.

I’ve had a hard time recommending this book to friends because it comes off as so much hype that the book couldn’t possibly live up to it. All I can do is implore you to start from issue #1 and find out for yourself.

Rating: 9.5 out of 10

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