Now…let’s find us some demons.Johnny Blaze
Written by: Ed Brisson
Art by: Aaron Kuder
Colours by: Jason Keith
Letters by: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover by: Aaron Kuder and Dean White
Release Date: October 2, 2019
Portals from Hell are opening up, and demons are escaping – and there’s only one Spirit of Vengence that can stop em – Ghost Rider! Johnny Blaze is the King of Hell and on a mission to get Hell in order, if such an ordeal is possible. Along the way, he’ll ask for help from a fellow Rider – Danny Ketch, but he won’t get the answer he was expecting.
Sacrifices are being made in Hell to open up portals to wreak havoc in the mortal world. The new King, Johnny Blaze (a.k.a. Ghost Rider), is trying to bring order to the tormented and tortured demons covering the Hellscape. As Johnny scours Manhattan for demons, we find Danny Ketch in Brooklyn. Now an owner of a bar, Fadeaway, resisting turning during fights with hooligans and only giving in to the beckoning of the Ghost Riders call when innocent blood spills, these days. Ketch heads out one night and runs into one of the demons that has escaped from Blaze’s grasp. During the firefight, we see Blaze join Ketch and then ask for his help in rounding up the escaped demons. Blaze gets quickly dismissed by Ketch, who later goes to visit the grave of his recently deceased mother. There he encounters her spirit, which warns of Blaze’s lack of sanity after becoming the new King of Hell. She beckons him to stop Blaze at any cost. We see Blaze hunting down an escaped demon, and he lives up to her warning.
Brisson starts this series with a prison break, segways into an episode of Cheers and leaves us with a potential madman overflowing with demonic hellspawn power. What a rollercoaster way to start a series. Colour me interested.
Kuder and Keith go together like peas and carrots in this premiere series issue. We get treated to disgusting demonic creatures and portraits of heroes, past and present, that display their emotions and ferocity during fights. We get some lovely full-page pieces that allow us to sink our teeth into their work, even if it’s thirty percent flames. It’s a dark, glorifying theme they’ve established – let’s see how it fleshes out over the next few issues.
I’m a sucker for Ghost Rider – and having two in the first issue of this series is an excellent way to keep me around. Brisson has a vast knowledge of the Ghost Rider lore, and Kuder and Keith give a healthy dose of Hell on every page. This premiere issue is a fun, hellspawn adventure that keeps us turning every page in anticipation.