Part 1 : Ghost Rider Vol.2 #12 : VI Ghost Rider n° 7
Gerade eben auf DVD gesehen: Ghost Rider mit Nicolas Cage und – extra für mich – der bezaubernden Eva Mendes.
I think it would be awesome if they would make a Carter Slade Ghost Rider. With his fire horse instead of the motorcycle and his Indiana Jones whip. I think it would be cool to have a western style Ghost Rider and a apocalypse horse is just sweet.
Ghost Rider only excels when it embraces the gonzo direction of directors Neveldine and Taylor. Sadly though, the film seems to be pumping its brakes more than riding with a vengeance.
Part 2 : Dr Strange Vol.3 #28 : VI Ghost Rider n° 8
As i've been saying, this is a totally fine adventure story, but that's it. In the X-Men issue (not counting the prelude), the only thing that counts as a subplot is Cyclops' lusting for Psylocke, and in these issues we have Danny's spirit running around in Ghost Rider's head and the brief introduction of Clara Menninger. Other than that it's just end to end Brood fights, and some very thin development of the Assassin and Thieves' Guilds. Which, again, is fine; we're in summer blockbuster mode. But you really want bombastic art to go along with that. I'll say that Jim Lee's art qualifies. Ron Wagner is an artist that i would normally say is better than Lee; not in terms of pin-up quality, but a more consistent storyteller. I mean, ideally i'd have someone who can make pretty pictures as well as Jim Lee but can handle the sequential stuff at least as good as Wagner, but if i had to choose i'd go with the latter. But in this case there's so little story to tell that i'd rather have the pin-up art. Just give me big splashes of the X-Men and Ghost Rider fighting the Brood since that's all these issues are promising anyway. Still, a fun little crossover, and in my opinion a good way to disguise the fact that both books are a little bankrupt of ideas for a little longer.@Michael, thanks, i've added Julien as a character appearing. Interesting that in terms of this story (i.e. not the flashback where Gambit 'killed' him), he only appears in the Ghost Rider portions.The assassin is clearly intended to be Julien Boudreaux, Bella Donna's brother, who later appears in the Gambit limited series. Look at the cover of Gambit 3:
It's clearly the same dude. The recent Ghost Rider index confirms this, as Col Fury just pointed out to me at the MCP. Besides, it's hinted at in the story. The assassin recognizes Gambit, and he explains that the Brood didn't want him to kill the thieves, but "Some memories, dey die hard". Starting over, John found a new job as an accountant and a new girlfriend, Chloe; but he was still linked to Zarathos, and the demon began to reconstitute within him. Regularly transforming into Ghost Rider again, John quit his job and hit the road. However, the reborn Ghost Rider's personality was different than before, less talkative and more indifferent to the welfare of innocent bystanders. Desperate to escape this renewed curse, John hired mercenary to kill Ghost Rider, whom Gray pursued with malicious glee. Finally cornered at the Sturgis biker convention, John Blaze and Zarathos seemed to make peace with one another and merged in a new way, defeating Gray. Ghost Rider rode off into the sunset, seeking more innocents to avenge.