Characters Appearing: Danika Trevani, Doris Ketch, Fiona McCormick, Ghost Rider (Danny Ketch), Luz Delgado, Madcap, Mei Lin, Noble Kale, Stern, Tyler Meagher
Ghost Rider #33
Issue(s): Ghost Rider #33
Madcap had been starring in a local access television show, but he's decided that he's not reaching an audience that way, and he wants to go back to making appearances in person.
I kind of worry that the murdered body of Dollar Bill is just off camera.
Meanwhile, Danny Ketch learns from his mother that he's adopted. He goes out for a motorcycle ride to clear his head. And he comes across Madcap, who is doing his usual schtick in Grand Central Station. Madcap causes someone to die with his antics, so Ghost Rider needs to avenge the spilling of innocent blood. Madcap is unimpressed.
Ghost Rider uses his penance stare on Madcap, and it seems to work...
...but we later see that Madcap actually likes the effect of the stare, since it allows him to feel something for the first time since his origin. Madcap says that he'll return.
The other major event in this issue is that the Firm goes after the HEART mercenaries. All except Tyler Meagher are killed, and Meagher is captured.
We barely got to know HEART, so having them all wiped out doesn't have much emotional impact. It feels more like Mackie shuffling off some characters that he didn't know what to do with. In general the fact that Mackie doesn't have a long term plan for this book feels more apparent. The revelation that Danny is adopted adds to that impression as well.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: Ghost Rider re-unites with Johnny Blaze for the first time after the Rise of the Midnight Sons crossover (which concludes in Ghost Rider #32) in Spirits of Vengeance #4. And Ghost Rider remains with Blaze through Spirits of Vengeance #10. Ghost Rider #39 begins after Spirits of Vengeance #10. So all of Ghost Rider #33-38 take place before Spirits of Vengeance #4 (which begins the Spirits of Venom crossover that takes place soon after Infinity War), and therefore need to get pushed back in publication time.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
This is a much darker depiction of Madcap than usual who has generally been more of a nuisance or foil instead of a villain. It seems like Mackie have been going for a Batman-Joker relationship between these characters. We'll see an even darker version of this many years later in Mark Millar's Wanted whose Mister Rictus character is based on the Joker.
Posted by: Chris | June 20, 2016 10:52 PM
Every character in 'Wanted' is not so much "based on" another, as simply decked out with new costume and name, and not a lot else. But I digress...
Posted by: Oliver_C | June 21, 2016 8:04 AM
I always thought of this guy as a rip off of the Psycho Pirate.
Posted by: Darren Hood | June 21, 2016 1:20 PM
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