Thursday, October 21, 2021

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Mythos: Ghost Rider + Young Guns: Reloaded Sketchbook


Genre: Super-heroes

If you spend too much time too deeply involved with the Marvel Universe, you begin to lose touch with just how bizarre some of these concepts really are. A motorcyclist with a flaming skull for a head seems unremarkable when set against the typically over-the-top super-hero world. This one-shot, like other Mythos titles, retells the origin of Ghost Rider with a real-world feel where an ordinary guy makes a deal with the devil—and pays the price.

Paul Jenkins writes and Paolo Rivera paints the story of Johnny Blaze, who tried to save his father and ends up losing his soul. The fact that it came out right around the time of a big-budget Ghost Rider movie is either intentional or just a happy coincidence for Marvel.

Young Guns: Reloaded Sketchbook

Genre: Super-heroes, Pin-Ups/Art Books

In 2004, Marvel Comics signed a bunch of talented artists to exclusive contracts and then promoted them as “Young Guns.” Considering some of those creators (Steve McNiven, David Finch) went on to become Marvel’s hottest current stars, it makes sense that they’d try the same sort of approach just a few years later. This one-shot includes preview pages and sketchbook samples from six more talented artists, and it’s hardly surprising that before long members of this new group of “Young Guns” were attached to best-selling Marvel titles like New Avengers and Uncanny X-Men.

Billy Tan, Clayton Crain, Simone Bianchi, Leinil Yu, Pasqual Ferry, and Ariel Olivetti are the six featured here, and these pages—and for some, their previous comic book work—indicate all should enjoy similar success to that of their predecessors in the years to come.

Andy Richardson is a freelance writer and editor who has been reading and writing about comics for far longer than he can believe at this point. Andy can be reached via e-mail at Please use “ComicBase” as your subject line.

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