Spirits of Vengeance #2
Issue(s): Spirits of Vengeance #2
Blaze and Ghost Rider are currently busy beating up an abusive father/spouse. I can never figure out Blaze's stance on killing. One minute he's saying that Ghost Rider's penance stare isn't enough, and the guy has to die.
But then he says to leave the guy for the cops.
The boy's pleading is what changes Blaze's mind this time, but it's not the first time i've felt like he's gone back and forth.
In Ghost Rider #29, since it's Ghost Rider's solo book, Johnny Blaze went off and took a nap for a while. Ghost Rider returns the favor here, uncharacteristically falling asleep when he and Blaze get back to the Quentin Carnival.
So that leaves Blaze to face Steel Vengeance alone.
Steel Wind does toss Ghost Rider's inanimate body around a bit before giving up on him and going after Blaze.
But Blaze is not really alone. Because he runs a traveling carnival. And one group that you never want to mess with in the Marvel universe is carnies.
Blaze learns from Steel Vengeance that Centurious is free, and that means that Zarathos is free too (the characters aren't actually named yet).
Steel Vengeance then gets free, but that's when Ghost Rider wakes up.
Ghost Rider's penance stare doesn't work on Steel Vengeance, because she's already sold her soul. She flees, but seemingly accidentally drives off a cliff to her death.
Lilith is aware of all this, and she considers Steel Vengeance's master to be a potential ally for the future.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: At this point it's said that Morbius is the only one of the "allies" that Blaze and Ghost Rider have met. And at the end Ghost Rider says that the Darkhold Redeemers must be found. So this takes place after Morbius #1 but before Darkhold #1. Ghost Rider #30, which features an encounter with Nightmare, takes place during this issue, while Ghost Rider is slumped up against the trailer.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (3): showCenturious the Soulless Man, Clara Menninger, Eli McIntyre, Ghost Rider (Danny Ketch), Ghost Rider (Johnny Blaze), Lilith (Demon Mother), Nakota, Nightmare, Noble Kale, Rev. Styge, Steel Vengeance, Wolff
Steel Vengeance! Aaaagh! Just looking at her reminds me that we're in the 90s now...
Anyway, I don't quite understand why Mackie felt the need to create SV, considering he brought Steel Wind in one of the future issues? Especially as SV has exactly the same background as SW, also being an artist etc...
BTW. The Quentin Carnival cast is mind-bogglingly bad. Pure Mackie nonsense. Things are somewhat-sensible in this early issue, but in a few issues, that whole cast of characters is going to get quite absurd...
And I hate Wolf so much. Does every little person in the MU know how to do acrobatic kicks?
Posted by: Piotr W | March 5, 2016 4:21 PM
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