Characters Appearing: Blackout (Demon), Carver, Centurious the Soulless Man, Doris Ketch, Fang (Lilan), Ghost Rider (Danny Ketch), Lilith (Demon Mother), Meatmarket, Nakota, Noble Kale, Outcast (Lilan), Pilgrim, Seer, Steel Wind
Ghost Rider #41
Issue(s): Ghost Rider #41
Road to Vengeance is an important storyline/crossover, in that we finally get an origin for the current Ghost Rider, including an explanation about his relationship to the 1970s version. It also more or less wraps up the "plot" about Centurious, who has been lurking around in Spirits of Vengeance from the beginning without actually doing anything. And it features the return of Lilith, which will feed directly into Siege of Darkness. We actually saw Lilith at the end of Midnight Massacre, but this is where she is able to recover from being trapped - friendless, helpless, hopeless - in Greenland.
She sends out a call to her Lilin. Centurious, holding court with his own group of misfits, feels it...
...but the first Lilin to respond to her call is a new one called Outcast.
Outcast was included in some very thick promotional material that was inserted in Marvel books advertising all the Midnight Sons events. The ads were filled with very ambiguous but very wordy text that i could never bear to fully read, and i never bought any of these events in realtime, but i thought the design for Outcast was pretty cool (and i suspect that's basically all that anyone, even at Marvel, thought about him). He clearly needs to fight Sasquatch. Eespecially based on his look in the ad, where he was hairier and more orange.
Outcast cuts open Lilith's belly, releasing several Lilin that had previously died, including Blackout (who is now fully Lilin).
Danny Ketch and Seer are on their way back from Central Park after the events of Ghost Rider annual #1...
...when Pilgrim teleports Blackout to New York. Blackout immediately goes into a murderous rampage, killing commuters.
When Danny approaches on his motorcycle, Seer creates a rift to throw them into a huge canyon. Danny says that he can't turn into Ghost Rider because no innocent blood has been spilled (despite what we just saw Blackout do). Seer berates him, saying that Danny doesn't really need innocent blood to transform (which Danny also heard from Caretaker in Ghost Rider #34), and then allows herself to fall in order to produce the "innocent blood" Danny requires.
Danny is grabbed by Blackout, but he is able to change. He chases Blackout, but Blackout is teleported away by Pilgrim while taunting Ghost Rider about Danny's mother.
Meanwhile, Centurious approaches Lilith and proposes an alliance.
Ghost Rider races to Doris Ketch's house and gets there before Blackout. She says that she knows that Ghost Rider is Danny. When Blackout shows up, Ghost Rider attacks him, damaging Blackout's face, which was restored with his resurrection.
But while they are fighting, Centurious arrives and kidnaps Doris, telling him to go to Blaze to find out how to come after him.
After Centurious leaves, Seer arrives, promising answers regarding Ghost Rider's origin. But Ghost Rider is focused on rescuing Doris, and he leaves without her.
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: It's said that Danny Ketch and Seer are returning from their "detour" in Ghost Rider annual #1 (but see the Considerations for the annual). This is part one of Road to Vengeance. Part two is in Spirits of Vengeance #14. This issue features the return of Lilith, so any other books featuring Lilith should come after this. Johnny Blaze becomes partially bionic during this crossover, so any pre-bionic appearances should go before it.
Crossover: Road to Vengeance
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
The way you describe it, it almost seems like they should have just made Ghost Rider a single biweekly book with Blaze being added to the cast, even though there are some thematic differences to Spirits of Vengeance with the focus on the circus crew.
Posted by: Morgan Wick | February 21, 2017 6:32 PM
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