This is the tale of an ordinary kid named Robbie Reyes, whose life is about to become ahellof a lot less ordinary. Get in.LET'S RIDE.
Robbie Reyes was an ordinary teen living with and taking care of his younger brother Gabe in the rougher part of East Los Angeles while also working part-time as a mechanic. After a particularly dangerous stint with a client's car, just before he loses his life, he's reborn with a body of bones and a head aflame, becoming the Ghost Rider.Robbie's series started in 2014 after a lot of buzz around the internet. Written by Felipe Smith and drawn by Tradd Moore, it's quickly become a favorite among the All-New Marvel titles.
All-New Ghost Rider provides examples of:
A-Team Firing: With some help from a supernaturally-fortified car, most of the bullets rained down on the Ghost Rider have no effect.
Accidental Misnaming: After he defeats Zabo/Hyde and his mercenaries in front of a large crowd of people, our protagonist becomes a local legend known as..."Skeleton Driver" or "Robot Racer" or whatever the people think he's called since neither he nor they know about the Ghost Rider legacy.
Alternate Identity Amnesia: The morning after Robbie first becomes Ghost Rider, he finds himself at home in his bed, puzzled at what exactly went on the night before. When looking in the mirror, he notices his bruises from the thugs beating him up are completely gone and that his right eye is orange, wondering if he has pink eye. That night when he lays down, his curiosity of the previous night compels him to sneak back to the garage to take the car for another spin.
Angrish: What Robbie's reduced to in anticipation of being busted by the police for street racing.
Back from the Dead: He gets shot to death and set on fire in the first issue's end, but immediately comes back as the new Ghost Rider.
Big "NO!": Robbie screams one when his ruined life flashes before his eyes.
Black Comedy Rape: One of the vengeful people that gang up on the defeated Zabo at the end of Engines of Vengeance is wielding a broom handle at a certain angle.
Bland-Name Product: Gabe has several comics with no big name or real-life heroes in them. He's a big fan of Phantom Laser and Grouper Toad.
Blood from the Mouth: Twice in the first issue. The first after a three-on-one beating, the second after being riddled with bulletholes. Robbie can't catch a break.
Boat Lights: Robbie sports a pair of these after he's brought back to life.
Car Fu: How Ghost Rider combats a few would-be assassins in the beginning of the second issue.
Chain Pain: Following the Ghost Rider tradition, but Robbie's have knives attached to their ends and the design notes hint that he can swap them out for different attachments including hammers and tire irons.
Chase Scene: As his street racing opponents peel away, Robbie realizes he's in the middle of one with a chopper.
Civvie Spandex: Robbie's racing outfit coincidentally looks like Johnny Blaze's original outfit.
The cover of issue #8, where the two meet (and probably fight), has them wearing the same jacket.
Contrasting Sequel Main Character: He shares several similarities with Danny, but has a much more different relationship with Eli than Blaze does with Zarathos. In comparison to that Spirit of Vengeance, Eli's pronounced dislike of everyone around him seems rather quaint, especially when you consider that he's just a regular human spirit.
Cool Car: Robbie's "borrowed" 1969 Dodge Charger definitely counts. Said car is even possessed by the Ghost Rider spirit.
Crapsack World: The neighborhood where Robbie and Gabe live in is so bad that Robbie tells Gabe to never go outside when he hears "firecrackers"note aka gunshots... and his fateful step onto the road to becoming the new Ghost Rider happens when he decides in desperation to get-rich-quick by winning a street race in the hopes that they can move out.
Cruel Mercy: Robbie lets a depowered Zabo live, but leaves his fate to the people he just attacked.
Death Faked for You: Ghost Rider flies off an overpass and explodes midair, leaving the mercenaries to believe that Robbie is dead.
Defeat Equals Explosion: The mercenaries express their disbelief that Robbie survived due to the dozens of bullet holes his corpse should've been sporting. After Ghost Rider explodes in a spectacular fashion, they report that the hostile has been neutralized.
Didn't Think This Through: His plan to get Gabe and himself out of East LA? Steal a racing car and win an incredibly large prize in an underground street race. Once cops start chasing him, he suddenly realizes that if he gets arrested, Gabe will be left completely alone, with nobody to take care of him.
Faux Affably Evil: Dr. Zabo offers the leader of the mercenaries a drink from a tube and some vodka, insisting that they need to celebrate the recovery of his defective pills. He then escorts the leader into the back room and comes out alone, covered in blood.
Finger Poke of Doom: A mercenary attempts to fire a rocket at Robbie during the finale of Engines of Vengeance. It explodes in his face after Robbie causes it to detonate by quickly tapping its front with the tip of his chain knives.
Robbie's Jerkass classmate Guero is also set up as one. Both are said to be charismatic leader-types, but Robbie wants to improve his neighbourhood and clearly dislikes the thug life Status Quo, while Guero just wants money and power and reinforces the Status Quo. Appearance-wise, Guero's a blonde, lighter skinned teen dressed in bright, baggy clothes and happens to wear a crucifix while Robbie is a brunette who wears dark, tight outfits and has a decidedly infernal spiritual connection.
The Freelance Shame Squad: When Mr. Wakeford tells his students that he was late because his iPad was stolen, the entire classroom breaks out into uproarious laughter, with one student pointing at him, while Robbie stares straight ahead, deadpan. Of course, one of the aforementioned classmates is the one who stole it; the same one who attacked Gabe and beat up Robbie the other day.
Funetik Aksent: One of the mercenaries has this when he tries to pronounce "bon appetit": "Bone-apah-teet!!"
Healing Factor: Robbie gains one after being possessed and transforming into the Ghost Rider. Notably, the bullet wounds, and also the bruises he sustained from the bullies beating him up, are gone the next morning. At school, said bullies even mention his face looks much better than they left it the previous day.
Hidden Depths: Robbie comes off as a quiet, antisocial tough guy at first, but it quickly becomes apparent that he cannot take the conditions he and his brother must live in and probably had to grow up fast in order to take care of his brother. Also, he was advertised as a cool underground street racer. Turns out it's not something he does for fun, but only as a desperate way to earn money to give him and his brother a better life.
Miles Gloriosus: Eli tries to promote himself as a powerful diabolical entity that can grant Robbie's wishes, but while his gifts aren't bad per se, he's clearly out of his depth, and during a particularly bad fight, he meekly suggests they quickly think of a plan because he really doesn't want to die again.
Mirror Monster: The form the entity haunting the car takes on, first appearing in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it panel before Robbie takes the car out for a joyride. It appears as a character proper when Robbie looks at the hood about an issue later, speaking back to him.
More Dakka: In keeping with A-Team Firing above, one of the hired mercenaries shoots an RPG at Ghost Rider when their bullets fail to leave a scratch.
Mundane Utility: The supernatural nature of the car gives it superior handling, speed and acceleration than other cars, which Robbie uses to win street races. Eli does not approve how his powers are being used for street racing.
Narrative Profanity Filter: In true-to-life fashion, Robbie, his peers, and a whole bunch of other people swear often and constantly, getting bleeped out with the usual comic-book symbols.
Not So Different: Eli claims that he died in a similar fashion to Robbie and that sense of kinship encouraged him to bring the latter back to life.
Not What It Looks Like: It is implied the Social Worker is unaware where Robbie suddenly got a huge wad of cash.
Oh Crap: The mercenaries don this expression when all their munitions can't even scratch Ghost Rider.
Robbie and Eli have a simultaneous instance of this when Grumpy is about to knock them out with all four of his gigantic monster arms.
Parental Abandonment: It is revealed that both of Robbie's parents abandoned the family due to Gabe's disability.
The Precious, Precious Car: Sure the car can repair itself and Robbie can easily teleport to wherever it is if someone steals it, but it's the principle of the thing.
Product Placement: Apple's iPads are mentioned by name, and at one point a gangbanger can be seen drinking a 4 Loko.
Promotion to Parent: Robbie is simultaneously a caregiver and best friend to Gabe, at one point euphemizing gun shots as firecrackers and repeating that they don't go outside when they hear firecrackers. Robbie is also a lot more mature than his peers because of Gabe. He doesn't rise to childish taunts from a group of thugs, mess around in class, or find his teacher being robbed particularly humorous.
Realistic Diction Is Unrealistic: Great pains are taken to make sure the characters sound like real people. There's a liberal smattering of Spanish in the books and idiosyncratic onomatopoeias that will let a reader hear the precise laughs or groans in their heads.
Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Guero is almost killed by the mercenaries during their raid on Hillrock Heights after he told them where they could find the hideouts of several gangs.
Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Robbie immediately comes after the mercenaries that killed him, but doesn't manage to take them out. His assault on the thugs that shot his boss in the following issue is much more successful. Also, there's a lot of genuine roaring.
Skunk Stripe: Robbie sports one that gives his hair the appearance of having a flame in it.
Slipping a Mickey: Two lowlifes pull this off in an attempt to make getting with a partygoer easier. They drop defective super-freak-out pills into her drink by accident, of course.
Stealth Pun: Robbie is gunned down and murdered in a DEAD END alley.
Stuff Blowing Up: At the climax of the Chase Scene in the second issue, Ghost Rider rams a mercenary jeep and careens off the overpass, exploding midair along with the villains.
Super Power Meltdown: Hyde after ignoring Zabo's advice to not upset their carefully balanced physiology by eating the pointedly unstable pink pills.
Super-Powered Not-So-Evil Side: Ghost Rider's modus operandi, it seems. Of course, in Dr. Zabo's case, he's evil as a skinny scientist or a 'roided-out monstrosity.
Teleporters and Transporters: So what happens if someone takes the car? The Rider transports himself to it, pulling himself from its substance.
Took a Level in Badass: Robbie becomes a much more savvy combatant after he encounters enemies that he can't defeat with pure brute force.
Trying Not to Cry: Robbie tears up when his little brother praises him after he just failed to stop Gabe's wheelchair from being stolen.
Wham Shot: The hail of gunfire Robbie suffers at the hands of who he thought were cops.
Whole Plot Reference: The gang war between a local crime boss and an outsider supervillain over powerful chemical bioweapons during which a young man is gunned down and resurrected as a Ghost Rider is in essence a massive callback to the first adventure of Robbie's 90s predecessor, Daniel Ketch, with Grumpy and Zabo taking the places of the Kingpin and Deathwatch respectively. Adding to that, Robbie's new substitute teacher is also named Daniel.
Wreathed in Flames: In signature Ghost Rider style, the rider's entire body is engulfed in flames, along with his car, for the duration of his drives.
You Have Failed Me: Dr. Zabo murders the leader of the mercenaries when they fail to recover every last bag from the car. He gives a remaining one his predecessor's eye as a token of his promotion and a warning of what will befall him if he fails as well.