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YMMV / All-New Ghost Rider

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  • Audience-Alienating Premise:
    • Many fans of previous Ghost Riders seemed to be turned-off by Robbie being a teenager, driving a car instead of a bike, and listening to electronic music (Ghost Rider is usually associated with rock and metal), not to mention his design. People who are excited about his book fear it might have a negative impact on the sales and even Marvel editor Tom Brevoort, the series' biggest cheerleader, expressed worry that Robbie might become a Replacement Scrappy.
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    • The 2nd solo series. The story tries to be a sort of homage to "New Fantastic Four" (Fantastic Four #348), which featured Ghost Rider, Hulk, Wolverine and Spider-Man, unfortunately, this caused Robbie to be hardly featured in his own series, which quickly killed interest in the series, with the series ending on issue #5, even if more issues had already been solicited.
  • Author's Saving Throw: Robbie's shaved head look proved to be pretty unpopular with fans. Lately, most stories give him longer and longer hair, and making him look closer to his original, more popular design.
  • Ascended Meme: Robbie/Kamala Khan became a ship so popular that Marvel decided to play along.
  • Complete Monster: Elias "Eli" Morrow was a Mafia hitman who has was killed by his own boss, who found out that Eli was also a Satanist and a Serial Killer. But, using dark magic, Eli managed to came back as a spirit, merging with his nephew Roberto "Robbie" Reyes—the title character— immediately working to corrupt him and strengthen their connection until Eli can take control over Robbie's body; this included, among other acts, manipulating the boy into accidentally killing an innocent person. Once Eli takes over, he acts abusive towards Robbie's younger brother, Gabriel "Gabe" Reyes, creating a rift between the two brothers. After trying to murder Robbie's teacher, Eli then goes on a killing spree to avenge his own death. After Robbie takes his body back, Eli tries pushing him more and more to kill somebody, which would allow him to take over again. When that doesn't work Eli manipulates Gabe into jumping from a building, allowing Eli to form a similar connection with Gabe as he did with Robbie; this transforms Gabe into a monster and almost makes him kill Robbie. Eli also claims to be responsible for Gabe's condition, by pushing his mother from the stairs, trying to kill her, when she was pregnant. Once Robbie bonds with Eli permanently, he has to resort to hunting and killing worst kinds of murderers and rapists to feed Eli's thirst for blood and to keep the spirit away from hurting Gabe and other people he cares about; Eli just wants blood, not caring who it's from. Even Johnny Blaze, who had seen his share of monsters as the original Ghost Rider, was disgusted by this guy.
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  • Crossing the Line Twice: The second issue has a thug buying a date-rape pill and putting it into a girl's drink - Nightmare Fuel, for many people striking much too close to home. Then said girl starts Hulking Out and attacks her wannabe rapist, because the pill was really Mister Hyde's formula - quite a bit of Body Horror there. Then one guy sees it and says "Should have brought her flowers, bro." Admit it, you at least cracked a smile.
  • Crossover Ship: Robbie has been shipped with Jason Todd. Likely because of Jason occasionally has the same Skunk Stripe as Robbie due to Lazarus Pit resurrection.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • Robbie/Kamala Khan is the most popular of the ships and it seems even Felipe Smith and other people working on ANGR took a liking to it. Second would be Robbie/Nico Minoru or Robbie/Kate Bishop, but the gap between them is huge.
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    • After he appeared on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Robbie quickly began being shipped with Daisy Johnson/Quake, after the two began working together.
  • Friendly Fandoms: Ghost Rider fans were always on good terms with fans of more horror-oriented Marvel characters, like Blade or Man-Thing and, to a lesser extent, Doctor Strange. Robbie meanwhile was embraced by the teen Marvel fandom and fans of Ms. Marvel, Young Avengers, Runaways and Loki: Agent of Asgard seems to be especially fond of him.
    • After its fourth season, fans of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. paired up nicely with fans of this series thanks to Robbie's guest appearance and his immediate popularity. People were calling for him to join the main cast, or at least get a spin-off that could crossover with the show.
  • Ho Yay: Robbie is also shipped with Striker.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: As a consequence of Friendly Fandoms above, Robbie became this - people started pairing him with Kamala Khan (despite that there is literally a continent between them), Nico Minoru and New Warriors' new Dark Action Girl, Water Snake, before the first issue of his series was even published. And once it was, it only strengthened these ideas. Later, ships with Agent Venom's sidekick Mania, X-23, the Incredible Hulk's daughter Lyra and Kate Bishop showed up.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Eli taking over Robbie's body and being abusive towards Gabe. It was rather clear the guy is a bastard at this point, but this and Tear Jerker moments it leads to really had fans screaming for his head.
  • Older Than They Think: The idea of a Ghost Rider riding a car isn't as new as you might think. When establishing the Spirits of Vengeance as a part of an ancient legacy, Jason Aaron included a duo of Ghost Riders riding a car and truck, as an Affectionate Parody of Smokey and the Bandit.
  • One True Threesome: There is a variation of Robbie/Nico Minoru that includes Victor Mancha as a third party, with Robbie doing them both.
  • Squick: At the end of the first issue, we are treated to a scene of Robbie's skin, and then flesh underneath, slowly burning away, as he transforms for the first time. In the second issue, Mr. Hyde gives his failed second-in-command underling's eye that he just ripped from his head to his newly appointed second-in-command as a warning. All in a detail, you would expect from Tradd Moore, a man responsible for The Strange Talent of Luther Strode.
  • The Woobie: Robbie, full stop. His parents abandoned him and his brother and he's just a teenager, yet he has to work to take care of his disabled brother, putting up with living in a horrible, gang-controlled district all the while.
  • Iron Woobie: Robbie doesn't complain even once and bravely rushes to help Gabe when he's bullied.
  • Wheelchair Woobie: Gabe himself. A seemingly mentally challenged, 12-year-old, paraplegic kid whose first scene is him getting bullied by a group of high schoolers. His brother tries to come to his defense, but can't hold up to a gun and gets beaten up, losing Gabe's wheelchair (and Robbie's boots) in the process. Despite this, Gabe's comics are safe, so he couldn't be happier; he even praises Robbie as his hero. It's no secret why most everything that motivates Robbie's actions is for Gabe.
  • Too Good to Last: Marvel announces cancellation with #12. Not surprising given the cold reception the series received once Damion Scott took over art duties after Tradd Moore left.


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