That's the dynamic at play as a (more than) reluctant Danny Ketch reunites with his long-lost brother (and current King of Hell), Johnny Blaze, in the brand-new ongoing series—because the Brothers Ghost Rider are back!
But Johnny Blaze isn’t just the King of Hell—he’s the warden too. He’s the first line of defense between the demonic hordes trying to escape the joint and the lords of other Hells making a play for his throne and all the power that comes with it—including a certain evil queen from his past! Meanwhile, Danny Ketch never wanted to be a Ghost Rider, though now that his brother’s in charge downstairs, he must take on the duty of Earth’s Spirit of Vengeance full-time—no matter how much he’d rather be doing anything else...
Superstar creative team Ed Brisson and Aaron Kuder are set to redefine the Marvel Universe’s supernatural underbelly for a brutal new era when GhOST RIDER #1 hits your local comic shop next month. And as the clock ticks down to the hellish hour, we caught up with Brisson about discovering Ghost Rider, working with Kuder, and delving into the creepiest corners of the House of Ideas.
How has it been moving from the world of X to the more hellish side of the Marvel U?
Fun. I like flexing different writing muscles and, as a long-time horror junkie, GHOST RIDER has given me the chance to really let loose and tell a giant, crazy story. Not that I can't tell big X stories, but in the X-universe, you do have to think about how your story fits with other X stories. With Ghost Rider, you pretty much have a universe unto itself and can really mess up a lot of the toys.
What was your personal entryway into the Spirits of Vengeance as a reader? Were there particular stories you looked back on before jumping into this one?
GHOST RIDER (1990) #1. It was the introduction of Danny Ketch, written by Howard Mackie with incredible art by Javier Saltares. I was aware of Ghost Rider before this, of course, but this is the series that hooked me and dragged me into the world of Ghost Rider. I followed the series right up until the end, while going back and reading a lot of the original Johnny Blaze Ghost Rider stories.
For me, the quintessential Ghost Rider run is the 2006 run that kicked off with Daniel Way writing and Javier Saltares and Mark Texeira reuniting on art. Jason Aaron and Roland Boschi came in on issue #20 and didn't miss a beat. I love those 35 issues (plus tie-ins) and have looked to them often when planning this new series.
I love the way that they built the mythology and explored the relationship between the brothers while also bringing in plenty of meat for longtime Ghost Rider fans to feast on.