I expected Jason Aaron's debut on Ghost Rider to be strong. His work on Scalped has been phenomenal, and his fill-in issue of Wolverine last year was one of the best single issues I read in 2007. Aaron even made Ripclaw interesting during "Pilot Season." So I expected his take on Ghost Rider to be worth reading.
But I was wrong.
It's far more than just "worth reading." With Ghost Rider #20, Jason Aaron has planted his flag in the Marvel Universe and said, "I will kick your ass with greatness."
I've seen hundreds of writers take over hundreds of comic books, but only one other time have I felt this way about a new creator taking over after an initial, lackluster run by another. That time was 20 years ago, when relative newcomer (to American comics) Grant Morrison took over for Paul Kupperberg on Doom Patrol. I had been a fan of Morrison's work on Animal Man and I expected his Doom Patrol to be much improved over the tepid Claremont riff Kupperberg was doing on the title, but the way Morrison immediately made the comic his own was shocking and exciting.
I felt the same way about Ghost Rider #20. Aaron comes from a much different background from Morrison, obviously, and their approach to comic book storytelling is distinctly different, but they both have a strong voice, and strong personal interests, and their writing bleeds with passion and vigor.
Jason Aaron has recast Ghost Rider into what it always promised to be: a badass southern grindhouse rock opera with a demonic angel on a flaming chopper. He's thrown in switchblade nurses and ghouls on the road. He's escalating the comic into something great.
And you should start reading it, now.