Johnny Blaze was nowhere to be found. Instead we got young Dan Ketch. That GR series was so popular it revived a whole corner of the Marvel U and helped launch new Morbius, Nightstalkers, and Darkhold series under the Midnight Sons banner. Which in turn revived Blade as a viable popular character. And then Blade proved Marvel Comics were a viable commercial film property and IP farm.
We might never have got an Avengers film if they hadn't replaced Blaze with Dan.
And so it is the same with Rich and Sam. So all the whiners about "NINO" need to pipe down a notch.
However, the first issue remains a cliched, decompressed, overpriced mess. C-list heroes shouldn't be in $4 books. Didn't Bendis and Maleev's Moon Knight teach us anything? And Loeb's critical track record for the last decade doesn't help.