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Ghost Rider Forms a New Team in Spirits of Vengeance #1 (Exclusive Preview)

By Blair Marnell

Ghost Rider Forms a New Team in Spirits of Vengeance #1 (Exclusive Preview)

For the last few years, Johnny Blaze hasn’t had much to do in the Marvel Universe. Robbie Reyes is the all-new Ghost Rider, and he gets most of the attention. But that’s going to change next week, Blaze returns in Spirits of Vengeance, a new ongoing series by writer Victor Gischler and artist David Baldeon. Together, they’re either taking Blaze back to Hell or bringing Hell to Earth!

Spirits of Vengeance is bringing together most of Marvel’s ‘70s horror icons into a single book at the same time. So, in addition to Ghost Rider, Daimon Hellstrom a.k.a. the Son of Satan, and his sister, Satana are joining Blaze, and so is well Eric Brooks, the half-breed vampire better known as Blade! Technically, Daimon and Satana’s father is no longer Marvel’s canonical devil. Instead, that demon became known as Marduk Kurios, but "Son of Marduk Kurios" just doesn’t roll off of the tongue.

Most of these characters have history with each other, but it would be an exaggeration to call them friends. I mean, Blade did try to kill Blaze and the rest of the Midnight Sons when he let the Darkhold seduce him with its power. Satana has spent most of her career as a villainess and Daimon has betrayed nearly everyone and everything in his life. So, what could possibly make these occult misfits a team? Why, a war between Heaven and Hell, of course!

Within these exclusive preview pages, Blaze encounters an angel who was fatally wounded with a silver bullet. He’ll soon learn that this member of the host was an undercover angel, and his his killer must be found. The balance of power between Hell and Heaven is up for grabs, and there’s a weapon that may turn the tide forever. With Blade, Hellstrom, and Satana by his side, Blaze has at least a chance that they can come out on top and find the weapon first. But there’s going to be a lot of blood along the way.

The bigger question in play is who benefits from upsetting the delicate balance between Heaven and Hell. Is it one of the hell lords? Mephisto? Satanish? Marduk Kurios? Or has a new threat arisen to challenge the powers of creation? We’d also love to know if we’ll see other members of the Midnight Sons make their returns in this book. The Nightstalkers, Danny Ketch, and even the Darkhold Redeemers should be good fits for this title, we hope. Although if the creative team wants to go really old school, then Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, and even Man-Thing should show up at some point. Marvel has tried something similar with the Legion of Monsters, but that book never fully took off and most fans have completely forgotten about it.

Spirits of Vengeance #1 will be released on Wednesday, October 4 in comic shops everywhere. But before you start counting the days for Johnny Blaze’s return, check out this awesome and completely fake trailer that we recently did for Ghost Rider!

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