Without a doubt the Ghost Rider is among the Marvel Universe’s heroes more often an anti-hero than anything else. However, given his vast, Hellborn powers, there was always a fine line that he could cross. So what happens when one of the riders not only crosses the line, but rides across it like a bat out of hell?
Ed Brisson, Aaron Kuder, Craig Yeung, John Lucas, Luciano Vecchio, Jason Keith, and Clayton Cowles shoves Johnny Blaze over the line a hero should never cross.
Johnny begins tearing a firey path through New York City on the hunt for the escaped demons he’s returned to Earth to pursue. This prompts a violent confrontation between Riders, as Danny jumps into action to stop his horrific actions. Will Danny be able to stop his power-mad brother, or will it serve as his undoing?
Brisson has done an amazing job at crafting a horrifying situation. Johnny’s actions are outwardly heroic – he’s sending escaped demons back to hell – but his methods and motivations are brutal in ways that crosses all sorts of lines and pushes him into villainous territory. Danny meanwhile feels barely put together, but driven towards doing the right thing no matter what. It’s a well crafted story and it’s all centered on the two protagonists and driven by their motivations.
Kuder does a fantastic job with his pages (with a great assist on word art from Cowles), with touches like Johnny being able to see people’s sins, and the demons struggling to maintain human form in their terror towards Johnny. He makes the action feel angry and twisted. However, the three extra pencillers (who do good work) creates a bit of whiplash and confusion. They at least maintain a similar style to Kuder but it’s still a disconnect. Keith’s color work is still great though, and it does help smooth out the bumps between pencillers.
Things are getting hot for the Ghost Riders (I’m sorry, I had to), but it’s making for a great read. Even with the bumps in the road, this is an incredibly fun read.
Ghost Rider #2 is available now from DC Comics.