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We go back to the beginning, when Lilith entered Eden and tried to win the heart of Adam. She was cast out by God and has spent the time since trying to enact her vengeance with Mephisto. However, Mephisto has been dethroned recently thanks to Doctor Strange and Ghost Rider Johnny Blaze. The latter has become the new King of Hell and Lilith, Mother of Demons, is unhappy about this. She seeks to depose Johnny, but she can’t approach the problem directly. She goes to Belasco, Prince of Limbo and begins to scheme with the ruler of this neighboring Hell. Meanwhile, Johnny Blaze is struggling to maintain his leadership over Hell and he runs across many old enemies, among whom is Jack-o-Lantern.
Spirits of Ghost Rider: Mother of Demons #1 is a one-shot which aims to give us the story of a Ghost Rider foe: Lilith, Mother of Demons. We recap her origins and learn her new plans for the future.
Spirits of Ghost Rider seems similar to Web of Venom on the outset: both provide companion one-shots expanding on the world and story of the core titles.
This issue sets itself apart by seeming like a genuine continuation to the core story, because Danny Ketch as the new Spirit of Corruption is in this comic for a bit and we spend a fair amount of time with Johnny Blaze as well. It all seems to provide necessary information for what’s to come in Ghost Rider as opposed to just expanding on what’s already there.
That aside, the comic does an excellent job of making Lilith a compelling antagonist. She is a scheming, swaggering demoness who knows when to strike and when to keep her schemes hidden. She’s also quite grotesque, growing pregnant near the end of a life cycle only to birth a new form.
Roland Boschi provides a distinct and fitting art style for this story of Hell and its rulers. It’s a shadow-heavy and deceivingly simplistic art style that gives the book the grim atmosphere it needs. Dan Brown gives the book a pale and sickly color palette, well-attuned to the unholy nature of the comic.
Spirits of Ghost Rider: Mother of Demons #1 reintroduces us to Lilith, the partner of Mephisto and another vying for Hell’s Throne. She is, fittingly, an enticing villain, and we watch her plans tax the will and power of both Johnny Blaze and Danny Ketch. This one-shot provides a solid read and earns a recommendation. Checkit out.
Spirits of Ghost Rider: Mother of Demons #1 comes to us from writer Ed Brisson, artist Roland Boschi, color artist Dan Brown, letterer VC’s Joe Caramagna, cover artist Philip Tan with Jay David Ramos, and variant cover artists Stephanie Hans; and Aaron Kuder.
Final Score: 8/10
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