The ALL-NEW GHOST RIDER Design Answers The Question ‘What If Satan Became A Power Ranger?’
Marvel has a lot of new titles coming up as part of Marvel NOW! phase 2, but none have gotten people talking more than All-New Ghost Rider from writer Felipe Smith and artist Tradd Moore. The series will introduce a new Spirit of Vengeance with a ride that has a few more wheels than the type his predecessors use. High School student and ace mechanic Robbie Reyes will be using a ’69 Dodge Charger as his mode of transportation. While the car is a departure from the norm, it’s his look that has tongues wagging.
Speaking with Newsarama earlier this week about Robbie‘s look, Smith and Moore opened up the sketchbooks and explained what everything means. Felipe Smith talked touches on what initiated the decision to use an All-new Ghost Rider in the first place:
Editor Mark Paniccia approached me with the idea of creating an All-New Ghost Rider. It was suggested that this new character be younger than Johnny Blaze and Danny Ketch and that, instead of the traditional motorcycle, he drive a car. Some might have been shocked (or even outraged) by the latter suggestion, but, as much as I am a fan of the original Ghost Rider, I was 100% in agreement with it.
Johnny Blaze, the original flaming skull anti-hero, is still lighting up the freeway, very much active with the Thunderbolts, so there was absolutely no reason to imitate or replace him. Our All-New Ghost Rider needed his own signature look and his own signature ride.
From there the team set out on designing the new character. Robbie Reyes was designed and approved quickly, but the real work came when it was time to design what happens after Robbie transforms. This Ghost Rider is influenced by Robbie‘s love of hot rods and ties in with how he looks when he’s suited up to race. The skull, and that is a skull and not a Ghost Rider wearing a helmet, has hot rod style blowers on the forehead and vents on the rear of the skull. Smith explains how the design happened naturally:
Robbie is an automotive fanatic, a gear head at heart and mechanic by profession. Putting a blower on his forehead and exhaust vents on the back of his head just made sense. These elements were based off the vents on a racing helmet both Tradd and I were referencing. We both chose the same style of helmet without prior discussion and had the same type of cars in mind for Robbie as well; a great sign that we were definitely on the same page!
It’s supposed to have a “sleek, techno vibe” that fits in with the new character’s style before he becomes an avenging spirit. What it all boiled down to was answering some questions Moore had when he first heard about the series. One of those intriguing questions was used in the article’s title:
In my head I was thinking like, ‘What if Death joined Daft Punk? What if Satan became a Power Ranger? What if Speed Racer went to hell and came back a slasher villain? What would that look like?’ So yeah, Felipe and I went back and forth with sketches spitting out whatever was in our heads in attempt to unify a few major concepts for this new Ghost Rider, the primary ingredients being: Robbie, his sleek new vehicle, and a classic, recognizable Ghost Rider.
You can read even more from the creative team, and check out a few more of Moore’s sketches, but clicking the source link below.
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Source : Newsarama