World War Hulk: Ghost Rider #12
Written by: Daniel Way
Art by: Javier Saltares
Released: August, 2007
The bad news is that Ghost Rider #12 brings a character who really doesn’t need to be a part of World War Hulk into the story. The good news is that this tangential story does its job and showcases the interesting parts of the Johnny Blaze incarnation of this character. If you have to be part of a crossover that doesn’t directly involve the character, you might as well at least make a good showing of it.
Ghost Rider #12 kicks off the two-part Apocalypse Soon storyline. In terms of its importance to World War Hulk, it has almost none. What we learn early on is that Johnny Blaze, the current Ghost Rider, has escaped from Hell but brought Lucifer with him. Now it’s up to Johnny to put the Devil back where he belongs. We pick up with a fight at an airport between Ghost Rider and the Devil, where things go badly because the Ghost Rider pushes Johnny to chase after vengeance rather than save a flight full of people who ultimately die on an exploding plane. Thus we have our key conflict for the character: the conflict between vengeance and compassion. In all I would rate this issue a 7/10 that’s all for this issue and as always keep on marveling.
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