Marvel’s Ghost Rider Returns With a New Ongoing Comic In 2022
In 1972, Gary Friedrich, Roy Thomas, Mike Ploog introduced Johnny Blaze as Ghost Rider, the Spirit of Vengeance. However, most of the recent Ghost Rider comics have featured Robbie Reyes in the leading role. However, Johnny is getting a comeback next year just in time for his 50th anniversary.
Marvel has announced that an all-new Ghost Rider ongoing comic book series will launch in February 2022. Benjamin Percy (Wolverine and X-Force) will write the series, while Cory Smith (Conan the Barbarian) will illustrate it. While Johnny was last seen recovering from his stint as the ruler of Hell, Marvel’s official description suggests that he’s found a normal life again. Regardless, it sounds like the return of Johnny’s wife and kids may be too good to be true.
“Johnny Blaze has the perfect life: a wife and two kids, a job at an auto repair shop and a small-town community that supports him… But Johnny isn’t doing well. He has nightmares of monsters when he sleeps. And he sees bloody visions when he’s awake. This life is beginning to feel like a prison. And there’s a spirit in him that’s begging to break out!”
“I’m a horror head,” said Percy in a statement. “I grew up reading Stephen King, watching John Carpenter, and listening to Black Sabbath, and when it came to comics, I always reached first for the dark and weird which means I read a hell of a lot of Ghost Rider. That flaming skull, that spiked leather jacket [and] that monstrous bike coughing out clouds of sulfurous exhaust. To this day, the sight of the character blazing along a midnight highway makes my heart rev like a four-stroke engine.”
“Ghost Rider is arguably the best designed, but inarguably, the most heavy metal character in all of comics,” added Smith. “It would be badass to write this series at any point in my life, but launching on the 50th anniversary feels especially (un)holy. Cory Smith is killing it on art, and we’re going to honor the past while burning rubber into a terrifying future packed with mystery, action, and shadow-soaked emotion. Prepare yourself for the ultimate in road horror.”
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