The writer details the new iteration of Earth's Mightiest Team!

Written by Jess Harrold

The old order changeth once again—for a bold new era! And it doesn’t come much bolder than the creative team of Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness putting together one of the mightiest Avengers rosters ever seen! Here, Aaron talks about his plans for the book—including building on ideas he introduced in MARVEL LEGACY #1.

Marvel: So with you writing, the incredible Ed McGuinness on art and a spectacular lineup, there’s no doubt about it: this is one blockbuster book! What can fans expect?

Jason Aaron: Coming into this, we wanted it to feel big and epic—like a huge Marvel event, every arc. So I wanted a lineup of all big, iconic characters. Some of them you’ve seen as Avengers—like Steve Rogers, Tony Stark, and Thor Odinson—but for the first time in years, the “big three” are back together. There’s also some characters we’re not used to seeing. Ghost Rider, I guess, is the big surprise, and it’s cool for me getting back to writing Ghost Rider again.

Marvel: And Captain Marvel and Black Panther make for a big five! There’s been a lot of conflict between these characters in recent years. How well are they all going to cope with working together again?

Jason Aaron: Well it’s not necessarily a “snap your fingers, and it’s done” kind of thing. The first arc is really about the hardships of putting that band back together. It’s very much a team drawn together for very specific reasons, instead of just Steve Rogers calling people in his Rolodex. The circumstances of this threat are really what bring these characters together. They are drawn into this battle for very specific reasons, which only become evident as that arc rolls on—and then continue to play a part going forward. Some of that clearly links back to the prehistoric Avengers introduced in MARVEL LEGACY #1. You will see them again in this arc, and they will be a part of the series going forward.

Marvel: Will you be adopting a similar multi-timeline approach to the one we’ve seen in your THOR run?

Jason Aaron: Yep, absolutely. In this first arc, the roots of the Celestial threat the Avengers are facing go back to those prehistoric days with Odin. But we will come back between arcs and do issues focusing on that group and those prehistoric characters. We will learn more about them as we go forward, get to see them in action in the past and see the ways their adventures connect to the present day.

Marvel: Another stalwart Avenger on the roster is Jennifer Walters—but is she She-Hulk or Hulk? And what can fans expect from her on the team?

Jason Aaron: Yeah, I’ve just been calling her “Hulk” in the book. It is the same Jen Walters we’ve seen in recent issues of her own series so we definitely continue on from that. But this story also changes things for her and takes her in a bit of a different direction. We switch around her powers a little bit and try to differentiate her more from her cousin. What is exciting me is to see Ed McGuiness draw the Hulk again!

Marvel: As for the new guy you mentioned—we know you know a thing or two about Ghost Riders, but what do you like about Robbie Reyes?

Jason Aaron: He’s a great entry-level character for the Avengers; he is still very much a new kid on the block. He doesn’t really know these characters and has not been a part of something quite like this. You know his life has been pretty crazy in its own right since he became the Ghost Rider, but this really takes things up a notch. We get to see him level up in terms of his power. He is unlike any of the previous Ghost Riders so we will continue to explore what that means and exactly what he is capable of. Also, the more I write it, the more I love the idea of having a guy in the Avengers who drives a car. He just goes driving into battle in the Hell Charger. I love that, and I love the way Ed’s drawing him.

Marvel: Another character you have history with is Doctor Strange, who is on the team at least to begin with, right?

Jason Aaron: He pops up initially in a different sort of team-up. He and Black Panther are investigating something that pulls him into this bigger mystery. Strange plays a big part of this first arc, but you kind of have to wait and see after that who sticks around. I don’t want to specifically have a cast too large, but I think we will have at least one slot rotating—have a character join for a couple of arcs, and then somebody else takes the pledge. There’ll be some old familiar faces and some we’re not used to seeing in the pages of an Avengers comic.

Marvel: You mentioned the Celestial threat, the ominously named Final Host—they seem like a great fit for Ed’s bombastic style.

Jason Aaron: Absolutely. We see a lot of different Celestials over the course of the story—some classic ones, some all-new designed by Ed, which look amazing. Ed is also so great at conveying the feel of something like this: our Avengers against giant space gods who are thousands of feet tall. How can the Avengers go toe-to-toe with characters who are that powerful? That’s the challenge they face right there out of the gate.

Marvel: And it all begins with a Free Comic Book Day issue featuring another stellar artist, Sara Pichelli, correct?

Jason Aaron: Yes, it’s sort of a direct lead in to AVENGERS #1. It’s mostly a story about Black Panther and Odin—a meeting of the king of Wakanda and the All-Father of Asgard, which again kind of stretches back to those prehistoric Avengers and plants the seeds for the Celestial threats the Avengers will face. And it’s free!

Marvel: And from there, the main series is set to really blow everyone’s socks off.

Jason Aaron: Yeah, I want this to be a book that issue to issue gives you a look at the entire Marvel Universe. So we will travel the globe, we will cross the galaxies, we will go to all the different hot spots of the MU. If you are only reading one Marvel Comic—not that you should just read one Marvel Comic—this book will give you an idea of what the entire breadth of the Marvel Universe looks like right now at this moment in time.

AVENGERS #1 by Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness is on sale May 2!

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Rahzzah takes on Hydra in new art program piece.

We’re weeks away from the landmark 100th episode of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and here to commemorate Season 4 of the Marvel TV series is artist Rahzzah. Don’t forget to look back at the “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Road to 100” Season 1 piece by Dale Keown, Season 2 piece by Daniel Acuña, and Season 3 piece by Nick Bradshaw.

The dynamic fourth season was shook by the following key events that continue to haunt our agents — at the core of the art piece by Rahzzah is the introduction of Ghost Rider. Who can forget Daisy and Robbie Reyes’ rough start as they crossed paths in Los Angeles tracking down the Watchdogs who were hunting down Inhumans? Striking out on her own, Daisy had to cope with the effects of her ‘quake’ powers on her body.

Season 4 introduced us to another new character, Jeffrey Mace, who was appointed by the President to be the new director of S.H.I.E.L.D. and enforce his vision for the organization in their new partnership with the government.

Meanwhile, the season heats up as Radcliffe and Fitz develop Life Model Decoys. As Mack and his love of sci-fi movies taught us, nothing bodes well when robots become sentient. Aida gets a little more intense and a lot more deadly when exposed to the Darkhold. Devising her own cat-and-mouse game, Aida thinks she’s doing our team a kindness by removing each of their biggest regrets in the Framework, creating a ‘what-if’ world where Hydra is in charge.

Relationships are complicated when you’re an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and unfortunately for Coulson, he ended up locking lips with LMD May. Aida envisioned herself as Madame Hydra with a callous Fitz by her side. And Mack was reunited with his daughter Hope. Could Yo-Yo draw him out of the Framework to save his life?

In one of the defining moments of the season, Mace as the Patriot, assuring his life is real, sacrifices himself to save a child when a Hydra correctional facility is attacked on Aida’s orders. In sacrificing himself, he also sacrificed his real human self in the real world.

The choices and experiences made in this season continue to reverberate for our agents as they navigate Season 5. Some of which have yet to come to light…

Season Five will return Friday, March 2. Don’t miss the 100th episode of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” will air Friday, March 9 at 9|8c on ABC!

For more information on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” visit ABC.com, follow @AgentsofSHIELD on Twitter, and like “Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.” on Facebook for all the latest news and updates!

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Donny Cates takes us to the end of the line, a future where Thanos has finally won!

When writer Donny Cates and artist Geoff Shaw took over the Mad Titan’s solo adventures in THANOS #13, they came out of the gate guns blazing! With their new arc “Thanos Wins,” Thanos is whisked away to the future by a mysterious new character called The Rider, a cosmic baddie who very closely resembles a certain other flame headed denizen of Mephisto. But when Thanos arrives to this future, he meets The Rider’s boss, a future version of himself!

We caught up with Donny to talk about the future and getting so deep into Thanos’ head it gave him literal nightmares.

Marvel.com: Once you found out you would be taking over this solo title, what was your entry point into Thanos’ psyche?

Donny Cates: I’ve been a huge fan of the cosmic side of Marvel since I was a very young lad and Thanos, in particular, has always been one of my favorite characters. There’s really no way that Jordan White, our editor, could have known that! He’s such a complicated character, even though he’s sometimes written off as being one note. As far as getting into the character, you know how every Marvel book, on the title page, has that little blurb describing who the main character is? For Spider-Man, it always says, “Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider, blah blah blah,” right? Well, for any of the THANOS solo issues, it just says, “A total obsession with power drives him to control the forces of the universe.”

He’s had different seats of power. He’s been a ruler, a despot. But at the end of the day, what does he really want? And what happens when he finally gets it? That’s what everything bloomed out of, reading that one sentence description of him and saying let’s just do it! Let’s just finish that sentence that begins every Thanos issue. Let’s give it to him and see what happens then.

Marvel.com: The premise of ‘Thanos Wins’ is wrapped up in time travel and the future inevitability of the Mad Titan finally getting what he wants. How in depth into his victory do you plan to go and how is seeing this potential future going to change Thanos?

Donny Cates: We’re going to get way into it, man! Every single issue in the arc flashes back and forward and moves around in time a lot. As the series goes along, you will get a complete picture of how Thanos came to be where he is at the end of issue #13, where we see him clothed in immense power, with his companion and right hand man, The Rider, seemingly the only thing left alive. That’s not something we’re doing as a cheap, one page gag. That’s the whole series. Really getting to the bottom of how Thanos goes from destroying the Chitauri at the beginning of issue #13, to what we call King Thanos, will be spelled out in great detail in the next few issues.

THANOS #14 has a lot and it is unbelievable. You know, I write these issues and I turn them in, get some notes and then when the art comes back with the words and colors and everything, I get to re-read them again months later. Every single time a new issue comes in, I read it and think, “They’re really letting me do that? They’re going to let me get away with this?” I’m consistently blown away with just how out there and crazy we’re going.

It’s a huge credit to Jordan White, who believed in this and got behind it to say this is what a Thanos book should be. Every issue should just be as hard as it can be.

Marvel.com: What can you tell us about Thanos’ future Ghost Rider friend? What was the genesis of that idea?

Donny Cates: The Rider, as a character, is one of those back pocket ideas I think every writer who wants to someday write for a big comics publisher has. Something you fill up a notebook with, or, if you’re like me, use the notes app on your phone and just fill it to the brim with crazy stuff. The Rider, his origins, and who he really is has been in my back pocket for years. I actually spoke with an editor at Marvel back in 2013 or 2014 at New York Comic-Con and he asked what I’d want to do at Marvel. I told him about The Rider, this cosmic Ghost Rider, and I told him who he really is and how I’d reveal it. I remember that editor saying that’s insane, the craziest thing he’d ever heard. So, it’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time.

He became a natural fit for this story. I knew we wanted Young Thanos, well young comparatively speaking to King Thanos, to be ripped from time and taken to meet his future self. When I was working on the pitch, I tried to figure out who could fill that role and realized The Rider was a perfect fit! Then, when I started writing him, how he speaks and how he sounds formed this little balancing point to how overly somber Thanos as a character can be. The two vibrate with each other in a way I really enjoyed. He’s the rare character who can actually call Thanos out on how much of a bummer he is, especially when he’s with both Thanoses.

For anyone who has theories about who The Rider is, I would like to hear them. It’s the big reveal at the end of this arc. So, anyone who wants to comment on Twitter or put their theories in, I won’t confirm or deny anything, but please tag it as #WhoIsTheRider and let me know what you think!

Marvel.com: What’s your process like with artist Geoff Shaw? Since you two have a rapport, does that make creating the book easier?

Donny Cates: I’ve been on THANOS longer than STRANGE, so coming onto my first big Marvel book with Geoff, there is the most supportive feeling, the most comfortable feeling. I know how to write for him and he knows how to draw for me. He really knows how to pull certain stuff out of my scripts. We’ve been working together for five years now, starting with “Buzzkill” back in the day. Over the years, just by virtue of working so closely, we’ve come best friends. Going into something where Marvel gives you the keys to the kingdom and lets you play with all the toys, getting into that with your best friend, who is also this phenomenal talent, is surreal and I couldn’t ask for a better collaborator.

With some artists, you’re not able to build the same rapport or talk to them regularly, because you’ve just been thrown together or they’re in Argentina or something, but Geoff and I talk all the time. That’s the essence of comics to me, is getting on the phone or in the same room and just hashing it out. The same goes for Antonio Fabela, our colorist. Geoff and I had never worked with him before but were excited to see what he could do. It felt like he walked right onto the team, read the room and could match the insanity we were throwing down. Letterer Clayton Cowles, too! He’s added so much, differentiating Thanos and King Thanos in speech bubbles. It’s like we’re all jamming on the same frequency.

Marvel.com: You’ve said that writing Thanos has been a scary experience. What’s the darkest place getting into his head has taken your own mind?

Donny Cates: I had said in a previous interview that I had nightmares about Thanos when I first started writing the book. I think most people thought I was exaggerating or joking, but I was not. I tend to get really obsessive about a character when I first start on a book. I don’t stay that way. My wife makes fun of me all the time for it. On THANOS, I was deep in it—unconsciously changing the way I spoke, or sitting in chairs the way Thanos might sit. I was in a dark place and had a nightmare where I was being chased by Thanos through a desert landscape. I could only hear his footsteps, feel the ground shake and sense his breathing. One of those dreams where you try to run and you can’t. It was really scary!

I woke up covered in sweat and I’m not a person who has nightmares. I think that people, as they read this first arc, anyone who thought I was kidding about that or made fun of me for it is going to see what I’m talking about. This book is brutal and intense. 

Catch the next chapter of “Thanos Wins” in THANOS #14, from Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw, on December 27!

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Download Ep. 52 to hear a special chat with Ghost Rider himself!

***SPOILER ALERT: Don’t listen in if you haven’t seen the most recent episode of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”!***

On the latest episode of This Week in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., we host a special edition with actor Gabriel Luna (Robbie Reyes) to talk about the fiery Winter Finale and Ghost Rider’s fate!

Download episode #52 of “This Week in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” from Marvel.com! “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” returns January 10 at 10:00 PM ET on ABC!

Go behind-the-scenes of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” with a new podcast series for the hit show on ABC! Every week we’ll talk with a different member of the cast and production crew as well as Executive Producers examining the twists and turns of the most recent episode, as well as taking a look at the creation process behind this exciting series! Don’t miss “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Tuesdays at its new time, 10:00 p.m. ET on ABC, and catch a new episode of “This Week in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” right here every Wednesday!

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Cook up a delectable dish inspired by the Spirit of Vengeance!

Recipe by Jenn Fujikawa

Ingredients:

2 pounds chicken wings, split at the joints, tips removed
½ cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon salt
Dash of cayenne pepper, to taste
Fresh pepper

Sauce Ingredients:

4 Tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
1/3 cup Sriracha
¼ cup honey
2 Tablespoons soy sauce
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon rice vinegar

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Prep a baking sheet by lining it with foil and placing a wire rack on top. Grease the rack with non-stick spray.

Dry the chicken wings with paper towels. Set aside.

In a large sealable plastic bag, mix together the flour, garlic powder, paprika, onion powder, salt, cayenne pepper and fresh black pepper. Add the chicken wings and toss to coat.

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Robbie Reyes rides again in a new series from Felipe Smith and Danilo Beyruth!

Since the announcement that Robbie Reyes will appear this fall on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” on ABC, many fans have wondered when the character will return to comics. Wonder no more—GHOST RIDER rides again this November, as writer Felipe Smith returns for a new volume of stories starring Robbie Reyes.

Artist Danilo Beyruth joins the title, and Tradd Moore, who co-created Robbie Reyes with Smith, will draw a back-up story in the first issue, colored by Val Staples. 

We spoke with both Smith and Beyruth on what to expect from GHOST RIDER!

Marvel.com: Felipe, we haven’t seen or heard from Robbie Reyes in a while. What’s he been up to since we last saw him? And how does it feel returning to the character after a bit of a break?

Felipe Smith: It feels great to bring Robbie Reyes back to an ongoing series!

I think readers have been really hoping for his quick return to comics—thanks for all the tweets, guys—but no one’s more excited to see it happen than myself!

Since we last saw him in issue #12 of ALL-NEW GHOST RIDER, Robbie has adjusted to his new life as the Legend of Hillrock Heights, and more importantly, to his eternal bond with the spirit of Eli Morrow, his serial killer/Satanist uncle.

Though not a conventional deal-with-the-Devil-making Spirit of Vengeance—and in reality, only an honorary Ghost Rider thanks to the guidance of predecessor Johnny Blaze—Robbie has still made a pact with an evil force that clearly does not have his well-being in its best interest.

It’ll be interesting to see how Robbie makes the best out of this hellish situation.

Marvel.com: What can we expect, story wise, from the new volume?

Felipe Smith: Without giving away any specific story points, I’d say that we can expect: more high-octane racing, pedal to the metal action, [and] some high caliber guest appearances that’ll broaden the scope of Robbie’s storyline as well as his outlook on life.

As always, his relationship with his little brother Gabe and his role as a “big bro” and legal guardian will hold an important place in the development of this new volume.

Marvel.com: You’ve worked with several artists on Ghost Rider thus far, and even drew a couple issues yourself. What does Danilo Beyruth bring to the title? And can you talk about the back-up story you’re working on with Tradd Moore?

Felipe Smith: As a first time collaborating writer on ALL-NEW GHOST RIDER, having only written and drawn my own comics before Marvel, I must say I’ve been very fortunate to work with some extremely talented artists.

Danilo Beyruth is yet another outstanding addition to this list of amazing collaborators!

His attention to detail, dynamic layouts, and strong visual depiction of physical space within a panel are some of his strong suits when illustrating this new chapter in Robbie’s adventures. When editor Mark Paniccia showed me some samples of his action pages, I thought, “Hell yeah!” but when I saw his characterization in dialogue scenes, I knew we could definitely tell a good story!

For our debut issue we’ll also have a short story written by me, drawn by action [artist] extraordinaire Tradd Moore and colored by palette madman Val Staples! It’s our original ALL-NEW GHOST RIDER debut team and we’re pumped to buckle in and give this baby another blazing run!

Marvel.com: One of the things I personally loved about the previous two series was the Robbie/Gabe relationship. What are things like between the two brothers in the new series? Is Gabe suffering any repercussions from being possessed by Eli at the end of the last series?

Felipe Smith: Things are well in the Reyes household right now. Without the antagonistic intervention of the spirit of Eli—who is now locked up inside Robbie—the two brothers are doing quite well.

Robbie has also realized something that makes him both extremely happy and very proud: Gabe is showing great interest and considerable aptitude in the field of auto mechanics!

His lil’ bro might be a gear head, too!

Marvel.com: At the end of the previous series we saw Robbie and Eli coming to terms with their current situation, as Robbie agreed to stop fighting Eli as long as they hunted “the worst scum on the planet.” How are things between the two as the new series begins?

Felipe Smith: Robbie is known for his rock-solid, unwavering moral compass, and he’s partnered up with the worst example of the kind of scum he’s promised to hunt down.

It’s not quite a partnership made in heaven, but rather…you know. Somewhere else way hotter.

Things seem to be working out pretty well as our series begins…

Marvel.com: Secret Wars allowed you to bring together two characters from different coasts and, really, different worlds: Robbie and Kamala Khan, which seemed to be a really popular team-up with fans. Can you talk a little bit about how that particular pairing came together, and if there are any plans to feature Kamala in the new book?

Felipe Smith: This “Crossover Besties 4 Lyfe, Bro!!!” team-up between Kamala and Robbie seemed evidently a necessity to me the minute I saw all the fan art featuring both characters on Tumblr.

It began immediately after ALL-NEW GHOST RIDER had debuted, and prompted me to want to read Ms. Marvel and see what Kamala’s story was. Like many others, I very quickly became fond of the young Jersey City native, and realized that both she and Robbie had many things in common as well as differences that easily made them very complementary characters. Editors Mark Paniccia and Emily Shaw saw a chance for this during Secret Wars and gave me the green light to write and draw my Kamala-Robbie “Fan of a Fan” short story, which Val Staples colored beautifully! And so it happened!

I would absolutely love to write a canon Kamala and Robbie team up in a new book, and I’d like to draw this one myself!

Marvel.com: We learned recently that the Robbie Reyes incarnation Ghost Rider will appear on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” on ABC. How did you feel when you heard the announcement? And what are you hoping to see from Robbie on the show?

Felipe Smith: I felt pretty pumped when I heard the announcement and was actually signing at another publisher’s booth when Marvel made the announcement at their SDCC display, unveiling Robbie’s Hell Charger. They invited me up onstage and introduced me to producers Jeffrey Bell, Maurissa Tancharoen, Jed Whedon, and Jeph Loeb—who gave me a shout-out in a TV interview; thanks!—and I also got to sit inside that beautiful black souped-up1969 Dodge Charger. The “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” crew really nailed it, getting all the specs just right! I didn’t get a chance to meet Gabriel Luna, who will be playing Robbie on the show, but I know he’s been reading our trades, studying up! I’m really looking forward to his performance!

I hope they stay true to the source in their TV adaptation and keep the spirit of Robbie Reyes true to ALL-NEW GHOST RIDER.

Marvel.com: How did you end up working on this title, Danilo?

Danilo Beyruth: I’m a fan of the classic Johnny Blaze Ghost Rider, so I have a few pieces of him in my portfolio that convinced Marvel talent manager Rickey Purdin and editor Mark Paniccia to pick me up for the title. That’s something I’ve learned from my days working in illustration for advertisements: show the work you really like to do, and [you’ll end up] doing projects tailored for it.

Marvel.com: What was the appeal of working on the Robbie Reyes Ghost Rider? Were you familiar with the character before working on the title?

Danilo Beyruth: Very familiar. I’m a fan of Tradd Moore to the point that it’s a little intimidating to work on a character that he helped define, but I hope people will like my take on Robbie/Eli. The GHOST RACERS series drawn by Juan Gedeon is also a showcase for how dynamic this series should be, so I’m following very big footsteps.

Marvel.com: What’s it been like working with Felipe Smith on the title?

Danilo Beyruth: Also intimidating. The guy not only can write, but also draws a lot! I don’t know where he’s taking Robbie Reyes, but it’s clear from reading the series that he has a well-defined plan for the character.

Marvel.com: The Robbie Reyes Ghost Rider has a distinct setting and tone, one that’s visually very different than a lot of other Marvel comics. Have you been doing any particular research for the comic, be it around Los Angeles or the cars in the book?

Danilo Beyruth: Right now I’m still concentrating on the look of the characters, doing model sheets for all of them, collecting references for L.A. and referencing the kinetic storytelling used both on the regular series and on the GHOST RACERS [series]. Luckily for me, I’ve finished rereading for the hundredth time the “Battle Angel Alita” manga series, from which I intend to take massive inspiration.   

For all the latest on Marvel NOW!, keep it tuned to Marvel.com and our social channels!

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With the proverbial muscle car out of the garage—Ghost Rider will be hitting the small screen this fall in “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”—the time has come to acquaint yourself with the Spirit of Vengeance himself.

Several people have carried the mantel of Ghost Rider including the likes of Johnny Blaze, Daniel Ketch, and Alejandra Jones. The latest, Robbie Reyes, will be the one making his TV debut shortly. So no one will be confused this fall, we offer this quick look at Reyes’ track record.

A Life of Responsibility

A Life of Responsibility

A Life of Responsibility

East Los Angeles can be a difficult place to grow up. For Robbie Reyes, however, the neighborhood represents the least of his hardships. Not yet even 20, Reyes has to take care of his younger brother Gabe who has been developmentally disabled from birth. At a time when he should just be discovering who he wants to be, Reyes instead has to act a role model, breadwinner, and father.

Street Racing to a Better Life

Street Racing to a Better Life

Street Racing to a Better Life

A chance to break the just scraping by cycle and move to a better place to live comes in the form of a street race with a big payoff. Unable to resist the temptation of a quick turnaround, Reyes “borrows” a muscle car from the garage where he works and joins up. For one brief moment, everything seems so promising.

A Hail of Gunfire

A Hail of Gunfire

A Hail of Gunfire

That all ends in a hurry as a particularly tenacious group of cars runs Reyes into a blind alley. Thinking his pursuers cops, the soon to be Ghost Rider exits the car and gets on his knees, arms in the air. Instead, they turn out to be members of Mr. Hyde’s gang, chasing the shipment of drugs they hid in the car Reyes chose. They do not hesitate to open fire on him, killing him on the spot.

New Sort of Spirit

New Sort of Spirit

New Sort of Spirit

Except the car contained more than drugs, it also played host to a bitter ghoul who merged with the dying Reyes, creating the newest Ghost Rider. Quickly turning the tables, the Spirit of Vengeance pursued his would-be murderers, bringing down a few and scattering the rest. Waking in his own bed, Reyes briefly believed the experience had been a dream—a belief he quickly becomes disabused of.

Taking on the Bad Doctor

Taking on the Bad Doctor

Taking on the Bad Doctor

Discovering his auto shop boss murdered and the muscle car stolen, Reyes agrees to merge again with the spook riding shotgun in his body to become Ghost Rider once more. Teleporting to and taking control of the car, the new would-be hero proceeds to make roadkill of the drug cartel, even defeating the monstrous and dangerous Mr. Hyde.

Eli

Eli

Eli

Unfortunately, Reyes’ proverbial dark passenger turned out to be even more complex than the usual demonic entity Ghost Riders have to deal with. Revealing himself to be Eli, he admits to being the specter of a slain serial killer and Satanist. To top it off, he also seems to be the man who pushed Robbie and Gabe’s mom down the stairs while she had been pregnant with Gabe.

Meeting a Classic

Meeting a Classic

Meeting a Classic

Johnny Blaze hears about the latest Spirit of Vengeance’s activities and gets to Los Angeles with the quickness. Once there, Blaze quells Eli through the use of his Penance Stare and warns Reyes that he cannot let the demon out again because it the evil shade will only bring ruin to Robbie’s life. No matter the power, the consequences are too dire.

Too Little, Too Late

Too Little, Too Late

Too Little, Too Late

Sadly, Blaze’s interview proves ill-timed. After their encounter, Reyes returns home to find Eli has already damaged his life, mistreating Gabe while in control of their shared body, an action that regresses the younger brother to a near wordless state.

Bad Partner, Good Mission

Bad Partner, Good Mission

Bad Partner, Good Mission

The fragments of Mr. Hyde’s gang, however, will not go away without a fight. Feeling as though he has no choice, Reyes lets Eli out of his proverbial cage once more. After Ghost Rider defeats the gang, Robbie agrees to a permanent merger with the spectral murderer, provided their victims will be the evil amongst the good.

Learn more!

Read up on all of Robbie’s adventures in ALL-NEW GHOST RIDER, and visit his Discover section on Marvel Unlimited for even more!

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The Spirits of Vengeance start their engines on June 10 in GHOST RACERS #1!

With Secret Wars entering every Ghost Rider ever into a demolition derby of Doom, we reached out to creators and editors who have been part of the great race on which mystical motorcycle–or car, or horse–they would back…

Felipe Smith (writer of ALL-NEW GHOST RIDER)

Felipe Smith (writer of ALL-NEW GHOST RIDER)

Felipe Smith (writer of ALL-NEW GHOST RIDER)

“My first encounter with Ghost Rider was in the 90’s, in the form of Danny Ketch and a long-haired, sawed-off hellfire shotgun-wielding Johnny Blaze. These guys rode the streets fighting the likes of Morbius, Venom and Vengeance; naturally my 13-year-old mind was absolutely and irrevocably blown! That particular team-up remains my favorite.”

Felipe on Robbie Reyes

“Robbie is technically only an honorary Ghost Rider, because he’s not a Spirit of Vengeance. He suffers from a much darker need: the need to extinguish life. Robbie has still found a way to do good and fight alongside Johnny Blaze. Because the source of his power differs from that of his predecessors, Robbie’s vehicle, look, and powers are decidedly different.”

Si Spurrier (writer of GHOST RIDER: DANNY KETCH)

Si Spurrier (writer of GHOST RIDER: DANNY KETCH)

Si Spurrier (writer of GHOST RIDER: DANNY KETCH)

“In Jason Aaron’s “Zadkiel” cycle, countless Spirits of Vengeance scattered across cultures and historical periods. Alongside some really trippy one-panel-wonders my own main contribution was “Shoba Mirza,” a Hindu woman whose fiery avatar was a blue-fleshed, many-limbed spectre riding a vast flaming elephant.”

Roy Thomas (original Ghost Rider editor)

Roy Thomas (original Ghost Rider editor)

Roy Thomas (original Ghost Rider editor)

“My favorite Ghost Rider is the one Dick Ayers drew for Magazine Ent. in the 1950’s,followed by the one Gary Friedrich and Mike Ploog came up with for Marvel.”

Mark Paniccia (editor of ALL-NEW GHOST RIDER)

“Johnny Blaze [holds] a special place in my heart, but my favorite has to be Robbie. He was everything I was looking for to speak to a new generation of comics readers and bring a more contemporary aesthetic to modern racing culture. I couldn’t do it without Felipe Smith who tirelessly built a character with heart, and Tradd Moore who refined the design and drew the coolest racer on the streets.”

Coming up…

The Secret Wars continue in GHOST RACERS #1 on June 10!

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Robbie Reyes becomes the latest in a long line of Spirits of Vengeance this week in All-New Ghost Rider #1!

The Ghost Rider rides again this Wednesday in an all-new series by Felipe Smith and Tradd Moore! This time, the Spirit of Vengeance has his hooks in Robbie Reyes, a high school senior just trying to survive on the mean streets of East Los Angeles. With his hellfire-powered car, Reyes will avenge the deaths of innocents like the Ghost Riders that came before him. Before you meet the all-new Ghost Rider, here’s a rundown of some of the other heroes that have carried the flame.

Avengers (1963) #142

Avengers (1963) #142

What is Marvel Unlimited?

While he’s come to be called the Phantom Rider to avoid confusion with his supernatural successors, the vigilante Carter Slade thrilled Marvel fans of the late ’60’s as the original Ghost Rider. Clad all in white, Slade’s Ghost Rider became a force for justice in the Wild West. While this Ghost Rider has no ties to the demon Zarathos or any other mystical forces, Slade did go on an adventure with future rider Johnny Blaze thanks to the magic of time travel.

Ghost Rider (1973) #27

Ghost Rider (1973) #27

What is Marvel Unlimited?

Johnny Blaze’s introduction as a flaming, motorcycle-riding supernatural super hero proved to be a radical enough departure from the previous Ghost Rider that Carter Slade was retroactively christened the “Phantom Rider.” With Blaze as Ghost Rider, Marvel set up a few ground rules that would come to define everyone who would later bear the name. The flaming skull became the hero’s most defining trait, as did the Rider’s connection to the occult and with demons like Zarathos and Mephisto.

Ghost Rider (1990) #1

Ghost Rider (1990) #1

What is Marvel Unlimited?

With Johnny Blaze freed from his devilish contract with Mephisto and working as a carnival owner, a new host had to be chosen to fill the Ghost Rider void. Enter: Danny Ketch. When a group of gangsters attacked him and his sister, Ketch fled to a nearby junkyard where he found – and touched – an old motorcycle. Upon touching the motorcycle’s gas cap, which had been combined with an ancient and powerful medallion, Ketch became the new Ghost Rider. With an even flamier motorcycle to ride, a weaponized heavy chain at his side, and his trademark Penance Stare, Ketch’s grim and gritty Ghost Rider made the mythos relevant for the ’90’s. 

Ghost Rider: Trail of Tears (2007) #1

Ghost Rider: Trail of Tears (2007) #1

What is Marvel Unlimited?

In the 2007 limited series GHOST RIDER: TRAIL OF TEARS, Garth Ennis and Clayton Crain introduced a Ghost Rider that predated even Carter Slade. Following the Civil War, a former slave named Caleb looked to his ancestor’s god of vengeance for guidance following the brutal murder of his family. Caleb became the Ghost Rider of the mid-1800’s, riding a flaming stallion in search of those that wronged him.

Ghost Rider (2011) #1

Ghost Rider (2011) #1

  • Published: July 13, 2011
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: April 08, 2013
  • Cover Artist: Adam Kubert
What is Marvel Unlimited?

A Mexican girl named Alejandra found herself sold to a mysterious man named Adam, a man that had training every orphan he could gather to become the next Ghost Rider. When the time for selection came, Alejandra became the next Spirit of Vengeance. Adam then set his plan to use Ghost Rider rid the world of sin, thereby turning humanity into mindless slaves, into motion. Former Rider Johnny Blaze joined up with Alejandra to fight Adam’s plan, although soon the new Ghost Rider found herself a pawn in her supposed ally’s plan as well.

You can follow the new adventures of Robbie Reyes in ALL-NEW GHOST RIDER #1! And see a sneak peek at issue #2 below!


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