Spirits of Vengeance #18
Issue(s): Spirits of Vengeance #18
Note that the new Dr. Strange is "known only as Strange" despite not having said a word yet (he will start talking later in the issue). And there's Victoria Montesi, so whatever happened on the Wikihow page didn't affect her in real life. And there's Stacy Dolan. Can always use another non-powered character with a handgun. I mean you can't really complain when the likes of Sam Buchanan are on the team already.
At this point even Ghost Rider doesn't care about people's motivations. It's time to just end this thing already.
Since this is the Spirits of Vengeance book, a magical force prevents all of the Midnight Sons except Ghost Rider, Blaze, and Vengeance from entering Zarathos' tomb. But Dolan manages to follow as well. Zarathos teleports Ghost Rider somewhere (Glastonbury, England) where they can do battle. Dolan manages to follow yet again. Zarathos lets Ghost Rider try to get rid of her.
Then the Fallen show up to watch the fight.
Zarathos is a powerful wizard with control of the elements, and he outmatches Ghost Rider.
Zarathos still doesn't have all his memories and he was hoping Ghost Rider might fill him in on some details. But Ghost Rider doesn't know anything either. So there's a lot of talking a lot while saying nothing. And of course the continued stringing along of Howard Mackie mysteries. Although at this point we've had so many revelations about Zarathos i'm not even sure what the mystery is anymore.
Ghost Rider is "killed" in the fight.
And as he's dying, Stacy learns that he's really Dan Ketch.
This would be impactful if Dan and Stacy's romance had been developed at all over the course of the 40+ issues of Ghost Rider's series, but as it stands she's been more prop than supporting character.
After Ghost Rider's death the other Midnight Sons show up.
Quality Rating: D+
Chronological Placement Considerations: This is part sixteen of Siege of Darkness. Part seventeen is in Midnight Sons Unlimited #4. Note that the cover of this issue incorrectly identifies it as part 13 (not really visible on the GCD scan, though).
Crossover: Siege of Darkness
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (2): showAtrocity, Blade, Caretaker, Foundry (Blood), Frank Drake, Ghost Rider (Danny Ketch), Ghost Rider (Johnny Blaze), Hannibal King, Metarchus, Morbius, Noble Kale, Patriarch, Sam Buchanan, Stacy Dolan, Strange, Vengeance, Victoria Montesi, Zarathos
"And there's Victoria Montesi, so whatever happened on the Wikihow page didn't affect her in real life"
Posted by: Michael | March 27, 2017 11:54 PM
What was the point of killing Ghost Rider just to bring him back five months later?
Victoria's appearance here is probably an error by either Mackie or Martinez. So, yeah, that's yet more poor coordination for this crossover.
Posted by: Ben Herman | March 28, 2017 4:26 PM
For what it's worth, Victoria and Sam get a scene in the next chapter of this crossover (Midnight Sons Unlimited #4) sitting in a diner together, still debating whether or not the supernatural is real. So if the idea was that Victoria was supposed to disappear after Doctor Strange #61, it didn't get communicated to at least two of the writers.
Posted by: fnord12 | March 28, 2017 5:17 PM
The Marvel Appendix tries to pretend that's Sam and Stacy Dolan.
Posted by: Michael | March 28, 2017 10:12 PM
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