Characters Appearing: Clara Menninger, Deathwatch, Eli McIntyre, Ghost Rider (Danny Ketch), Ghost Rider (Johnny Blaze), Hag, Kodiak, Mephisto, Miranda Woods, Noble Kale, Steel Vengeance, Steel Wind, Troll (Ghost Rider villain), Wolff
Spirits of Vengeance #7-8
Issue(s): Spirits of Vengeance #7 Spirits of Vengeance #8
When they arrive, they find that Clara Menninger has been screaming about danger since Johnny left, and then the carnival is attacked by a horde of demons led by Steel Vengeance and her sister Steel Wind.
But before the fight even begins, Mephisto shows up.
The Steel sisters and their demons are not with Mephisto. Mephisto takes Blaze and Ghost Rider back to Hell, so the Steels collect Deathwatch, Troll, and Hag and bring them back to their "master".
Mephisto says he doesn't want to fight, just trade information. He says that the barriers between dimensions are weakening, and beings are coming into his dimension to challenge him. But he's brought Blaze and Ghost Rider to him because they "puzzle" him. And then he puts them through a nonsense fight after all, to test their powers.
When they win the challenge, Mephisto tells them to search for the "Soul Crystal", and then sends them back to Earth.
If it feels like nothing happened in these issues, that's partially because nothing ever happens in a 1990s Ghost Rider comic, just endless set-up and revealtions that never seem to go anywhere. But in this case it's also because the story here is shortened with a back-up covered in a separate entry.
Quality Rating: D+
Chronological Placement Considerations: The main story here continues directly from last issue, with Hag, Troll, and Deathwatch still prisoners of Ghost Rider. A back-up story from these issues is covered in a separate entry. This story continues directly from the Spirits of Venom storyline, which begins at the end of Infinity War. Next issue will open with Steel Vengeance being tortured for trying to kill instead of capture Blaze and Ghost Rider, and Blaze and Ghost Rider are surveying the damage after the blizzard that Clara Menninger had been warning about. In that arc it's said that 24 hours have passed since Ghost Rider and Blaze went missing, so a little time can pass between this arc and next.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Again with the references to the Soul Crystal- and this is just 6 months before the Road to Vengeance. I wonder how late Ghost Rider's "origin" in the Road to Vengeance was decided on.
Posted by: Michael | April 14, 2016 8:42 PM
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