Ghost Rider #70-71
Issue(s): Ghost Rider #70, Ghost Rider #71
...is recruited by a group of freaks.
They're managed by a clearly evil man, and Ghost Rider fights them for a while...
...but the strongman, Jeremy, decides to go with the freaks in the end because he's one of them. Meanwhile, the carnival's resident clown's son shows up, but the father, Corky, doesn't seem too happy to see him.
I'm not a big fan of the whole carnival scene, but Roger Stern's a good writer.
The second issue here is written by J.M. DeMatteis, and it's a follow-up to the terrible Defenders #103, wherein the Defenders fought an evil cloud call Null the Living Darkness.
This issue is a little less pseudo-metaphysical than that one, but it's still not great.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: Null the Living Darkness appears here before his appearance in Defenders #113. That Defenders story is part of an arc that has been pushed back in publication time, so that affects this issue as well, and causes some of Ghost Rider's past few issues to get pushed back.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Original Ghost Rider Rides Again! #2
Inbound References (2): showClown, Corky the Clown, Cynthia Randolph, Freakmaster, Ghost Rider (Johnny Blaze), Madame Olga, Null the Living Darkness, Ralph Quentin, Red Fowler, Renaldo, Zarathos
The metaphysical psychobabble mumbo-jumbo from J.M. DeMatteis would get much worse and appear in pretty much everything he wrote from here on in(though it did work in some non-superhero titles).
Posted by: Mark Drummond | September 17, 2011 7:54 PM
"Not many businesses will hire a seven foot tall man who scares the customers."
Utter nonsense. Insensitive narrative overall. Not what I expect from Roger Stern. Maybe he's not the right fit for Ghost Rider. They should've moved him over to the Avengers sooner, & put Shooter on Ghost Rider, yes.
Posted by: Holt | May 18, 2018 2:09 AM
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