Spirits of Vengeance #1
“Its the End of the World as We Know It”
In Spirits of Vengeance #1 (of 5) an angel confides in its dying breath to the Ghost Rider Johnny Blaze that he must find Daimon Hellstorm. From there the mystery is on as Blaze and Hellstorm start to unfold a mystery that could lead to the end of the Marvel Universe as we know it. Even with their own unique powers they are going to need some help, luckily Hellstorm has some contacts in the Marvel Universes darker corners as Blade the Vampire Hunter and Satana join the fold!
Victor Gischler jumps right into Marvels more supernatural elements in Spirits of Vengeance #1. There is no pause or explanation, he knows he only has five issues to work with, so he gets the story kicking right off the bat and it works really well for fans that a familiar with these supernatural characters. I would be interested to hear someones thoughts if they just jumped in with no prior knowledge to these characters. There is a short introduction to Ghost Rider, Hellstorm, Blade and Satana in the back of the issue that maybe would have served better in the introduction for newer readers. That aside I really enjoyed the beginning of the series and the mystery involved, Gischler sets up the story nicely and gets everything flowing and he really hooked me in.
David Baldeon handles the art duties for Spirits of Vengeance #1 and while not my preferred style he does have some good scenes an panels in this issue. The main gripe I have is that it feels just too “computer animated”, the lines are all super tight and clean and everything and everybody just look too nice. Part of that has to do with Andres Mossa’s colors; everything has almost a “gleam” or “shine” to it throughout the book. It is not all bad the action scenes do look pretty cool, especially when Ghost Rider gets to unleash his power and there is an excellent scene of Blade being introduced. I wouldn’t say the art is bad in Spirits of Vengeance #1 I would more say it just feels like it does not fully fit the story being told in the series, it does not help that Dan Mora did the cover art for this issue and I feel his style would have better suited Spirits of Vengeance #1. It is just a little too clean and nice looking for what this series is, though Daimon Hellstorm does look really good in that suit, so it is not like I totally hated it.
With angels dying and demons on the prowl it is going to take more than one spirit of vengeance to solve the mystery and save the Marvel Universe, luckily Daimon Hellstorm, Blade, Ghost Rider and Satana are teaming up in Spirits of Vengeance #1 (of 5). While the art may not be best suited for the story, Spirits of Vengeance is a fun delve in Marvels darker corners. Victor Gischler scripts an interesting mystery that has only barely begun in issue #1. Will our heroes be able to figure out what is happening before it is too late?
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