Characters Appearing: Blade, Frank Drake, Ghost Rider (Danny Ketch), Hannibal King, Noble Kale, Stonecold
Issue(s): Nightstalkers #7
...but instead he made a deal with demons. Now he has to sacrifice people to keep his magic wheel spinning. He hopes that by doing so, the demons will give him back his skin.
Ghost Rider shows up to get the Nightstalkers to help him deal with "Stonecold", but Hannibal King is feeling angsty and he begs Ghost Rider to hit him with his penance stare. But King's angst is so strong, it makes the penance stare moot.
The Nightstalkers actually get into an extended fight with Ghost Rider. It seems they still think he's a bad guy. But Ghost Rider reminds them that they are part of a "Mystic Nine" that is supposed to defend the world against dark forces, not get into issue long Misunderstanding Fights with each other. The Nightstalkers agree to a "white flag" while they confirm the threat that he's come to tell them about.
They then have a very brief fight with Stonecold since we're basically out of pages after the Ghost Rider fight. It ends with Frank Drake kind of blanking out thanks to a vision of Blade, allowing Stonecold to flee.
When the others chide him for it, he says he "just saw the Devil himself coming like the wrath of God" and since that's the final panel, we don't get to see anyone ask him what the heck he's talking about. The Nightstalkers do manage to capture Stonecold's wheel, though.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Johann Bessler was a real life charlatan that claimed to have invented a perpetual motion wheel.
Posted by: Michael | October 11, 2016 4:12 PM
Re: Frank Drake- Stonecold has power over time,right? The Marvel Appendix suggests that he showed Drake evil Blade from Midnight Massacre.
Posted by: Michael | October 11, 2016 4:53 PM
Yes, he has the ability to "manipulate the timestream's perpetual nature". He uses it in this story to cause someone that is is running away to reappear where they were before, and performs a similar move against Ghost Rider. And he does indeed show Drake a vision of an evil Blade from the future, but Drake doesn't tell his teammates what he saw.
Posted by: fnord12 | October 11, 2016 6:51 PM
Maybe Drake didn't think they'd believe him. There's just something that strains credibility about stating Blade turns evil, and that's the timeline 'cause Stonecold said so.
Posted by: Mortificator | October 12, 2016 11:55 AM
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