Ghost Rider #34
Issue(s): Ghost Rider #34
Ghost Rider is in the cemetery dishing out vengeance on a low level criminal (and there's an interesting device where we get to experience the penance stare from the point of view of the thug) when the issue begins. He leaves the thug to suffer, but after Ghost Rider leaves, Death Ninja shows up and kills the thug, and then attacks some kids that are vandalizing graves.
Death Ninja leaves a message in blood for Ghost Rider, and continues to kill people to attract Ghost Rider's attention. Danny has some trouble transforming, but he eventually does. As Ghost Rider, he confronts Death Ninja.
Death Ninja serves a master that he says Ghost Rider should know.
Ghost Rider seemingly kills Death Ninja (again).
Ghost Rider then transforms back to Danny Ketch, and winds up back at the cemetery. He encounters the Caretaker, who tells him that Ghost Rider's motivation of avenging the spilling of innocent blood is "all in your head".
Caretaker is too cryptic to provide any actual information. The "everything you know is wrong" revelation that Ghost Rider isn't drawn to avenge the spilling of innocent blood is a pretty core motivation to be overturning. But it comes in the usual drip, drip Mackie method, without further explanation, just like the revelation last issue that Danny is adopted. We're more than three years into this series and the nature of this Ghost Rider has been teased to the point of exhaustion.
Death Ninja could almost be excused if it was just a quick way to address the loose end of Ghost Rider's one (seemingly) confirmed kill, and the use of him here seems to be more about setting up the master that he's working for. But it will turn out that Death Ninja has survived, and he'll return as early as next issue. The fact that his nature is almost identical to Suicide, who also wants to die but can't, doesn't go unnoticed, either, and that character will also be featured in the next arc.
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: Ghost Rider #33-38 take place before Spirits of Vengeance #4.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (1): showCaretaker, Death Ninja, Doris Ketch, Ghost Rider (Danny Ketch), Linda Wei, Noble Kale
I'm wondering- Death Ninja's boss was clearly meant to be Centurious but who was the other player he mentions? Mephisto? Lilith? Zarathos?
Posted by: Michael | June 21, 2016 9:36 PM
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